Masters Programs in Urban Planning

Compare 9 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 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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Post-Master in Global URBANTIC® and Smart Cities

Zigurat Global Institute of Technology
Online Part time 1 year September 2018 Spain Spain Online

Endorsed by EIVP and recognized by the Government of France The aim of the program is to train professionals to be broadly skilled in order to deal with the complex requirements of Smart Management, the logic of Big and Open Data and the evolution towards electronic administration. [+]

Endorsed by EIVP and recognized by the Government of France Endorsed by the École des Ingénieurs de la Ville de Paris (EIVP), recognized by the Government of France and with professional competences equivalent to a Post-Master Degree. Who Is This Program for?

The Global UrbanTIC® and Smart Cities Certification Program is designed under a multidisciplinary framework of the Smart City concept, which means that is open to university degree holders with a strong interest in carrying out research projects focused on innovation and technology for the smart cities challenges.

All the applicants will be analyzed and assessed for their access to the program by the Master’s Committee.... [-]


Graduate Degree in Smart Cities and Urban Policy

École Polytechnique
Campus Full time 2 years September 2018 France Paris

The Smart Cities and Urban Policy program provides an in-depth understanding of new and transforming metropolitan areas and their competitive environments. Over the course of two years, the building up of students’ toolbox is put to use through up to nine months of industrial internships. [+]

In an increasingly global economy, metropolitan areas are basic components of economic competition and growth. Capital, labor pools, knowledge, infrastructures and their distribution within and across geographical space play a major role in the economic development and prosperity of a metropolitan area.

As highlighted by the Economist, a report from the American think tank Brookings Institution shows that “the world's largest 300 metropolitan economies account for 19% of the global population and almost half the world's GDP. In the past decade, incomes and jobs tended to grow faster in these urban areas than their national averages”.

Despite international competition and free mobility of inputs like assets, raw materials, and knowledge, location still plays a fundamental role as a competitive edge. As rail, port and road infrastructures were amongst the key factors when determining where to locate a new business or a new branch, scarce human resources are now part of the decision-making process.... [-]


Master in Engineers for Smart Cities

Université Côte d’Azur (UCA)
Campus Full time 1 year September 2018 France Nice

The “Engineers for Smart Cities” Master’s program offers an advanced multidisciplinary study experience focused on smart cities as well as on the innovation and business solutions triggered by the transition towards more sustainable urban environments (design, deployment, and operation of urban systems). The goal is to train professionals capable of developing, implementing, and managing innovative projects within the smart city--a connected, integrated, attractive, and livable space. [+]

ENGINEERS FOR SMART CITIES Key Points

Fully taught in English Taught by professionals and academics 6 months of professional experience Projects & Case studies Innovative learning approach

Introduction

The “Engineers for Smart Cities” Master’s program offers an advanced multidisciplinary study experience focused on smart cities as well as on the innovation and business solutions triggered by the transition towards more sustainable urban environments (design, deployment, and operation of urban systems). The goal is to train professionals capable of developing, implementing, and managing innovative projects within the smart city--a connected, integrated, attractive, and livable space.... [-]


Master of Urban Planning (MUP)

American University of Sharjah
Campus Full time Part time September 2018 United Arab Emirates Sharjah

Our Master in Urban Planning (MUP) is fully accredited by the Commission for Academic Accreditation of the Ministry of Education's Higher Education Affairs Division and is taught by a multinational and distinguished faculty. With a total of 11 courses that need to be completed for the degree, our program can be taken on a full-time or part-time basis. [+]

As the first professional program of its kind in the UAE, our Master in Urban Planning degree prepares skilled professionals and leaders in planning and managing urban development.

Our unique program is committed to the creation, dissemination, and application of multidisciplinary knowledge in the field of urban planning. Our program provides professional men and women with outstanding, specialized graduate education that enables them to undertake leadership roles in managing urban growth, prescribing urbanization policies and advancing social development. We seek to empower students with the highest ethical standards compatible with values of local cultural settings, principles of social justice, and concerns for environmental protection and sustainability.... [-]


Mastery In Urban Planning

Universidad Autonoma de Aguascalientes
Campus Full time 2 years July 2018 Mexico Aguascalientes

The Master's Degree in Urban Planning from the Center for Design and Construction Sciences and the Department of Theory and Methods has as its mission to contribute to the sustainable development of human settlements through the training of trained professionals in the area; taking as fundamental premises the integral and multidisciplinary approach of the urban phenomenon, the prospective vision and the participation of the society; and promoting the values ​​of critical attitude, responsible and sensitive to social problems, commitment to the sustainable development of cities and promotion of teamwork. [+]

The Master's Degree in Urban Planning from the Center for Design and Construction Sciences and the Department of Theory and Methods has as its mission to contribute to the sustainable development of human settlements through the training of trained professionals in the area; taking as fundamental premises the integral and multidisciplinary approach of the urban phenomenon, the prospective vision and the participation of the society; and promoting the values ​​of critical attitude, responsible and sensitive to social problems, commitment to the sustainable development of cities and promotion of teamwork. Likewise, this postgraduate course will contribute to the achievement of the institutional objective of internationalization of its academic programs based on the agreements of academic collaboration signed with universities of other countries.... [-]


Graduate Degree In Urban Management Planning

laSalle Barcelona Postgraduate
Campus Full time 1 year October 2018 Spain Barcelona

The Graduate Certificate in Urban and Planning Management (PGU) provides the ability to deepen the theories and techniques of spatial planning and strategic planning for sustainable local and regional development and allows to dig deeper state legislation and existing regional on spatial planning, urban planning , land management and urban discipline. [+]

The Degree in Urban Management and Planning (PGU) It provides the ability to deepen the theories and techniques of spatial planning and strategic planning for sustainable local and regional development and can learn more about the current state and regional legislation on land use planning, urban planning, land management and urban discipline.

Urban management and planning, and pre unavoidable process of urbanization and construction disciplines are not alienate the profound changes that society is undergoing in recent years. These disciplines make up the territory and also leave their mark on society while evolving with it. To successfully achieve this broad field of action, professionals have formed specifically.... [-]


Master of Urban Management and Planning

Western Sydney University
Campus Full time Part time 1 - 2 years January 2019 Australia Sydney Bankstown Campbelltown Lower Hawkesbury Blacktown Rydalmere Penrith + 7 more

The Master of Urban Management and Planning aims to provide you with the scholarship, skills and knowledge to successfully manage the planet's increasingly complex urban world. [+]

The Master of Urban Management and Planning aims to provide you with the scholarship, skills and knowledge to successfully manage the planet's increasingly complex urban world.

You may be an existing urban professional or seeking to begin a career in this area. The flexibility of the course will suit professionals working in local government, regional organisations and state and federal government institutions. It will especially appeal to planners, in government and the private sector, looking for postgraduate qualifications with a focus on management.

Delivered by internationally recognised urban scholars from the School of Social Sciences and Psychology, the course demonstrates a research-based approach as an essential element of urban management.... [-]


Master in Planning and Sustainability: Urban and Regional Planning (PS/URP)

University of TOURS
Campus Full time 2 semesters September 2018 France Tours

This Master aims to help students to develop a critical understanding of contemporary planning challenges for cities and urban regions, in the context of climate change and growing human needs. [+]

This Master aims to help students to develop a critical understanding of contemporary planning challenges for cities and urban regions, in the context of climate change and growing human needs. The program is designed so that students may confront up to date scientific knowledge on planning with their own cultural background and planning experiences. Through the Master, each student becomes familiar with the advantages and limitations of cross-national transfer of ‘good practices’ in the urban or regional policy field.

As a research Master, this program trains students to deal with up to date research issues and methods. It prepares students to start a Ph.D. or to take leadership roles in urban development and management, especially in an international context.... [-]


Master in Architecture and Urban Planning in Mediterranean Environment

Faculty of Civil Engineering, Architecture and Geodesy - University of Split
Campus Full time 4 semesters October 2018 Croatia Split

The programme is aimed at enabling the students to competently solve complex architectural tasks in an exceptionally demanding Mediterranean environment. [+]

Master in Architecture and Urban Planning in Mediterranean Environment

As of the academic year 2013/2014, the University of Split will be providing a new graduate course of study of architecture in the English language, granting the students the degree of Master of Science in Architecture and Urban Planning in Mediterranean Environment. The university study of architecture at the University of Split has existed since 2003, in the meantime winning international recognition, establishing an extensive collaboration with a number of universities in Europe (Zürich, Winterthur, Aachen, Madrid, etc) and Japan (Tokyo). It has become a distinguished study programme of architecture due to the excellent skills in individual disciplines, such as architectural design, urban planning and heritage preservation, as well as to the successful endeavour of combining them into multidisciplinary competencies.... [-]