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33 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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University of Puerto Rico - Río Piedras
San Juan , Puerto Rico

The Graduate School of Planning grants the professional degree of Master's in Planning with areas of emphasis in the fields of Urban and Territorial Planning, Planning of Natu ... +

The Graduate School of Planning grants the professional degree of Master's in Planning with areas of emphasis in the fields of Urban and Territorial Planning, Planning of Natural Resources and Environment, Planning of the Economic Systems, and Areas of Policies and Social Planning. -
Master
Full-time
Spanish
Campus
 
Ain Shams University
Cairo , Egypt

The Integrated Urbanism and Sustainable Design (IUSD) is an International Master Program at Ain Shams University (ASU).

The Integrated Urbanism and Sustainable Design (IUSD) is an International Master Program at Ain Shams University (ASU). -
MSc
Full-time
2 years
English
Campus
 
Ecole des Ingénieurs de la Ville de Paris
Île-de-France , France

The EIVP and the École des Ponts ParisTech offer a Specialized Master® in Urban Engineering and Information Technologies, URBANTIC. Information and communication technologies ... +

The EIVP and the École des Ponts ParisTech offer a Specialized Master® in Urban Engineering and Information Technologies, URBANTIC. Information and communication technologies (ICT) have revolutionized the approach to urban planning. Thanks to their information processing capacity, they are an excellent decision-making tool for city stakeholders. They favor the emergence of new methods of city management, based on the sharing of information and an optimized analysis of available data with the aim of understanding urban planning in a transversal manner, a preamble necessary for the construction of the digital city. -
Master
Full-time
French
Oct 2020
21 Sep 2020
Campus
 
University of Miami: School of Architecture
Miami , USA

This unique program is designed for students from diverse backgrounds in architecture, environmental sciences, management, social sciences, or those already working in green c ... +

This unique program is designed for students from diverse backgrounds in architecture, environmental sciences, management, social sciences, or those already working in green careers. -
Master
Full-time
Part-time
English
16 Jan 2021
01 Dec 2020
Campus
 
Xi'an Jiaotong-Liverpool University
Suzhou , China

The MSc Urban Planning programme provides you with an international grounding in urban planning centred on the theme of urban regeneration. The programme suits students from a ... +

The MSc Urban Planning programme provides you with an international grounding in urban planning centred on the theme of urban regeneration. The programme suits students from a range of different backgrounds and it is not limited to those with an urban planning undergraduate degree. Through the programme, you will gain the interdisciplinary knowledge and skills required to become an urban planner, capable of tackling urban regeneration challenges in diverse contexts, and of providing a vision for future cities. -
MSc
Full-time
18 months
English
01 Sep 2020
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
Oct 2020
15 Sep 2020
Campus
 
Eindhoven University of Technology
Eindhoven , Netherlands

The Netherlands, as part of a globalizing world, will increasingly face important developments, such as natural, demographic, societal and spatial and land use developments.

The Netherlands, as part of a globalizing world, will increasingly face important developments, such as natural, demographic, societal and spatial and land use developments. -
MSc
Full-time
2 years
English
Campus
 
Université Côte d’Azur (UCA)
Nice , France

A multidisciplinary study experience on smart city innovations and business solutions triggered by the transition towards sustainable urban environments. The program fosters t ... +

A multidisciplinary study experience on smart city innovations and business solutions triggered by the transition towards sustainable urban environments. The program fosters talents in developing and implementing innovative smart city projects. Experts from academia and industry propose an innovative learning experience equipping participants with the right competencies to thrive in a fast-evolving employment landscape. The program is tailored also to suit government and corporate professionals seeking career development. -
MSc
Full-time
English
01 Sep 2020
Online & Campus Combined
Campus
Online
 
The Hong Kong Polytechnic University School of Design
Kowloon , Hong Kong

This 1.5 years studio-based design course draws on the contemporary Hong Kong/China urban experience to offer a unique postgraduate education in urban space design – an altern ... +

This 1.5 years studio-based design course draws on the contemporary Hong Kong/China urban experience to offer a unique postgraduate education in urban space design – an alternative study option for graduates in architecture and urban planning who are driven by a human-centred approach to design. -
Master
Full-time
18 months
English
01 Sep 2021
30 Apr 2021
Campus
 
Tufts University - Graduate School of Arts and Sciences
Medford , USA

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

The accredited M.A. 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
Aug 2020
Campus
 
École Polytechnique
Palaiseau , France

The Smart Cities and Urban Policy Graduate Degree provides an in-depth understanding of new and transforming metropolitan areas and their competitive environments.

The Smart Cities and Urban Policy Graduate Degree provides an in-depth understanding of new and transforming metropolitan areas and their competitive environments. -
Master
Full-time
2 years
English
Sep 2021
04 Dec 2020
Campus
 
IHS, Institute For Housing and Urban Development Studies of Erasmus University Rotterdam
Rotterdam , Netherlands

Cities are complex, dynamic systems, influenced by different stakeholders, which requires a more flexible approach. This specialisation track delves deeper into how planning c ... +

Cities are complex, dynamic systems, influenced by different stakeholders, which requires a more flexible approach. This specialisation track delves deeper into how planning can respond flexibly to the urban dynamics and how various stakeholders can engage in the co-production of a commonly desired urban development. -
MSc
Full-time
12 months
English
Oct 2020
Campus
 
Czech Technical University in Prague
Prague 6 , Czech Republic

Our aim is to provide students with professional knowledge and skills for all aspects of the contemporary world with respect to issues in modern architecture. The main target ... +

Our aim is to provide students with professional knowledge and skills for all aspects of the contemporary world with respect to issues in modern architecture. The main target of the studies at the Faculty of Architecture is to support a balance among the humanities, scientific and artistic disciplines -
Master
Full-time
2 years
English
Sep 2020
Campus
 
University of British Columbia - Faculty of Applied Science
Vancouver , Canada

The restructured Master of Arts in Planning is a thesis-based research program of study, which is differentiated from SCARP's accredited, professionally oriented Master of Com ... +

The restructured Master of Arts in Planning is a thesis-based research program of study, which is differentiated from SCARP's accredited, professionally oriented Master of Community and Regional Planning (MCRP) and is intended to provide learning opportunities for practicing professionals who want to strengthen their research skills; those with undergraduate planning degrees from accredited programs; and students (with or without a master's degree) interested in eventually doing doctoral research; to undertake graduate-level study leading to a non-accredited, research-based master's degree. -
MA
Full-time
2 years
English
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 tomorrows urban guerilla gardening campaigns). -
MA
Full-time
12 months
English
01 Feb 2021
15 Oct 2020
Campus
 

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