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48 Masters Programs in Urban Planning

Earning a master’s degree gives students the opportunity to advance their knowledge, skills, experience and potential careers within a chosen academic focus. Most graduate-level programs usually take one to two years to complete. What is a Master in Urban Planning? These programs are meant to equip students with the necessary skills for development and management careers in urban planning fi… Read more

Earning a master’s degree gives students the opportunity to advance their knowledge, skills, experience and potential careers within a chosen academic focus. Most graduate-level programs usually take one to two years to complete.

What is a Master in Urban Planning? These programs are meant to equip students with the necessary skills for development and management careers in urban planning fields. Students may take courses focusing on the study of public spaces, cultural studies, budget planning, legal issues, environmental studies, infrastructure, design and architecture. The main goal throughout each program is to build upon multi-disciplinary urban planning skills to be utilized for urban sustainability in real-world scenarios. Some programs may require prerequisite courses or bachelor’s degrees to be completed before enrollment.

Students have the opportunity to experience many benefits from earning a degree. Learning how to properly organize and plan realistic projects, confront any problems and roadblocks that may arise and communicate effectively with others are all useful skills that can be applied to possible careers and as adults contributing to society.

As the geographic location and course length can depend upon each institution, the cost for each program may vary. Students interested in beginning a program are encouraged to contact the schools of their choice for further information.

There are many possible career paths to explore with a master’s degree in urban planning. Recent years have shown an increase in relevant jobs across many industries. Students can expect to find opportunities as urban planners, community developers, building managers, sustainability consultants, government officers, landscape architects and surveyors. Other potential jobs include transport planners, environmental managers, estate agents, natural resource managers and historical preservation officers.

International options and accommodations for students with busy schedules may be available. To get started, search for your program below and contact directly the admission office of the school of your choice by filling in the lead form.

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Erasmus University Rotterdam - Erasmus School of Social and Behavioural Sciences
Rotterdam, Netherlands

The access to adequate housing is a perpetual global challenge and a process often tainted by political, social and economic exclusion and injustice. This master track offers ... +

The access to adequate housing is a perpetual global challenge and a process often tainted by political, social and economic exclusion and injustice. This master track offers the opportunity to gain an in-depth understanding of the main principles of adequate housing provision and apply them in assessing existing policies. Students will learn how to devise the best possible mechanisms that foster accessible, affordable, available, acceptable and adaptable housing. -
MSc
Full-time
English
Sep 2022
Campus
 
George Washington University - College of Professional Studies
Arlington, USA

In our master’s degree in Sustainable Urban Planning, you will study cities through the lens of economic, social, and environmental sustainability. The program’s world-class f ... +

In our master’s degree in Sustainable Urban Planning, you will study cities through the lens of economic, social, and environmental sustainability. The program’s world-class faculty delivers state of the art courses, personalized mentoring, and firsthand insight on projects they have conducted in the public, private, and non-profit sectors. By working with them and your peers – inside of the classroom, and out – you’ll learn how to leverage knowledge of cities into forward-looking policy and action for advancing the goals of societies across the globe. -
Master
Full-time
2 years
English
Aug 2022
Campus
 
University of Groningen
Groningen, Netherlands

The MA in Arts and Culture: History of Architecture and Town Planning positions the evolution of the European city (including the post-socialist cities in Central and Eastern ... +

The MA in Arts and Culture: History of Architecture and Town Planning positions the evolution of the European city (including the post-socialist cities in Central and Eastern Europe) as intimately linked with trends and tendencies at the global scale. The input of the Thomassen a Thuessink Chair results in a clear focus on the health effects of the built environment and the phenomena summarized in the healthy cities concept (ranging from yesterday's hygienic measures to tomorrow's urban guerilla gardening campaigns). -
MA
Full-time
English (UK)
01 Sep 2023
01 May 2023
Campus
 

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University of Manchester
Manchester, United Kingdom

Gain specialist knowledge in the regeneration of cities with this accredited master's

Gain specialist knowledge in the regeneration of cities with this accredited master's -
MSc
Full-time
Part-time
English
Sep 2022
Campus
 
The New School
New York, USA

The New School's Master of Science in Public and Urban Policy challenges you to develop innovative solutions for the world’s thorniest challenges, which are increasingly urban ... +

The New School's Master of Science in Public and Urban Policy challenges you to develop innovative solutions for the world’s thorniest challenges, which are increasingly urban and global. Our community of scholars examine today’s urban policy issues in real time and design creative solutions, all while working closely with policymakers in government agencies and nonprofit organizations. -
MSc
Full-time
Part-time
2 years
English
Campus
 
Trinity College Dublin
Dublin, Ireland

Particularly in terms of sustainability, the multi-dimensional nature of smart-city initiatives can be understood only through an interdisciplinary approach. This new MSc in S ... +

Particularly in terms of sustainability, the multi-dimensional nature of smart-city initiatives can be understood only through an interdisciplinary approach. This new MSc in Smart and Sustainable Cities approaches the study of smart and sustainable urbanism by drawing from the research-based expertise of leading scholars from Trinity’s Energy, Environment and Emerging Technologies Institute (E3). -
MSc
Full-time
English
Campus
 
German University of Technology in Oman
Muscat, Oman

Oman’s First Master Degree in Architecture and Urban Planning. The Master of Science in Architecture and Urban Planning (MSc AUP) at GUtech is the first program in the whole r ... +

Oman’s First Master Degree in Architecture and Urban Planning. The Master of Science in Architecture and Urban Planning (MSc AUP) at GUtech is the first program in the whole region to offer both Architecture and Urban Planning as specializations. The MSc program capitalizes on the expertise accumulated by the faculty of Architecture and Urban Planning at RWTH Aachen University and draws form the know-how of GUtech faculty behind the internationally accredited the BSc Urban Planning and Architectural Design program. The program is designed to train fresh graduates and professionals to address the challenges of a rapidly urbanized world by seeking innovative approaches in the built environment. -
MSc
Full-time
Part-time
4 semesters
English
Campus
 
Università Iuav di Venezia
Venice, Italy

Iuav - University of Venice has long been recognised as one of the best Urban Planning Schools in Europe and across the world. It is the only university in Italy to provide th ... +

Iuav - University of Venice has long been recognised as one of the best Urban Planning Schools in Europe and across the world. It is the only university in Italy to provide thorough education and training in urban planning, architecture, design, visual arts, theatre and fashion. -
MSc
Full-time
4 semesters
English
Oct 2022
Campus
 
Tufts University - Graduate School of Arts and Sciences
Medford, USA

The accredited MA program in the Department of Urban and Environmental Policy and Planning (UEP) at Tufts prepares a new generation of leaders – ‘practical visionaries’ – who ... +

The accredited MA program in the Department of Urban and Environmental Policy and Planning (UEP) at Tufts prepares a new generation of leaders – ‘practical visionaries’ – who will contribute to the development of inclusive and sustainable communities. A nationally accredited program, it is distinct from many other planning and policy programs by having a strong social justice focus -
MA
Full-time
Part-time
2 years
English
Campus