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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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12 Results in Urban Planning

Universidad Autonoma de 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 th ... [+]

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.... [-]

Mexico Aguascalientes
July 2020
Spanish
Full-time
2 years
Campus
University of Miami: School of Architecture

The Master of Real Estate Development + Urbanism is an interdisciplinary one-year graduate program that combines the strengths of the University of Miami’s Schools of Arc ... [+]

Overview

The Master of Real Estate Development + Urbanism is an interdisciplinary one-year graduate program that combines the strengths of the University of Miami’s Schools of Architecture, Business Administration, and Law to create a world-class program that blends the fundamentals of real estate development with livable community planning and design. The MRED+U program is 36 credits.

The MRED+U Program is designed to provide students with the skills and experience to compete in the evolving world of urban real estate development. The curriculum is enriched by the University’s location in one of the world’s most dynamic real estate markets and by the School of Architecture faculty’s experience in community building. Course offerings include real estate finance, market analysis, real estate law, land use policies and codes, construction and project management, public-private partnerships, the development process, sustainable development, and entrepreneurship. The curriculum incorporates case studies and materials on mixed-use development, urban infill, the redevelopment and repositioning of urban properties, historic preservation, and the integration of design, policy, management and real estate development decision making in shaping the built environment of communities.... [-]

USA Miami
August 2020
Full-time
Part-time
1 year
Campus
CEPT University

Master of Urban Transport Systems aims to provide holistic knowledge on planning, technology, design, operations and management of urban transport, besides developing ski ... [+]

Master of Urban Transport Systems

Faculty of Planning – CEPT University

An effective and efficient transport system is key to economic growth of urban areas and regions. Planning and management of urban transport are complex and requires a comprehensive understanding of various sub-systems like roads and railways, modes like public, private and non-motorised transport, passenger and freight mobility, and the other related dimensions of land use, travel behavior, energy, affordability, financing, and governance. It is only when an integrated approach to achieving transport solutions is adopted, that cities will be able to move towards efficient and sustainable mobility.

With this perspective, Master of Urban Transport Systems aims to provide holistic knowledge on planning, technology, design, operations and management of urban transport, besides developing skill sets related to transport system analysis and application of various policy instruments. The program will combine theoretical analysis with practical applications to help students understand how to deal with transport problems in the real world. The focus is to enable students to comprehend the complexities of urban transport and develop their capacities to shape the future of transport in cities.... [-]

India Ahmedabad
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Full-time
Part-time
2 years
Campus
American University of 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 i ... [+]

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.... [-]

United Arab Emirates Sharjah
September 2019
Full-time
Part-time
Campus
Western Sydney University

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 ... [+]

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.... [-]

Australia Sydney Bankstown Campbelltown Gunderman Blacktown Rydalmere Penrith  + 4 More
January 2020
Full-time
Part-time
1 - 2 years
Campus
CEPT University

Master of Urban Planning (MUP) allows students’ exposure to national and international best-practices in urban planning and equips them with knowledge and skills necessar ... [+]

Master of Urban Planning

Faculty of Planning – CEPT University

Master of Urban Planning (MUP) allows students’ exposure to national and international best-practices in urban planning and equips them with knowledge and skills necessary for their professional careers in planning and managing growth and development of cities and urban areas.

During the course, students learn to understand and analyze a variety of factors influencing our cities and apply critical thinking in providing integrated, interdisciplinary solutions. Through hands-on studio exercises, theory courses, individual research projects and field visits within India and abroad, the course equips students with thorough knowledge of preparing statutory plans, and plans ranging from regional to city and local area levels. The members of the faculty include leading practitioners, academicians, and researchers, competent and proficient in their own fields, with national and global experience.... [-]

India Ahmedabad
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Full-time
2 years
Campus
University of 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 a ... [+]

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.... [-]

France Tours
September 2019
Full-time
2 semesters
Campus
Institute For Advanced Management (CEU - IAM)

The Executive Master's Degree in Urban Planning and Development at the school is the benchmark in Spain with two decades of experience accumulated in its full-time versio ... [+]

The Executive Master's Degree in Urban Planning and Development at the school is the benchmark in Spain with two decades of experience accumulated in its full-time version and twelve years in its Executive version.

The planners graduating from the MUOT stand out due to their multi-disciplinary perspective while demonstrating an excellent preparation for meeting the challenges raised by today's cities. A further noteworthy characteristic is their success in the labor market and the occupation of high-level posts in institutions and companies related to the management of urban development projects and the future of the city.

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Spain Madrid
October 2019
Spanish
Full-time
640 hours
Campus
STAR Studium ArchitecturAe Florence Design School

High-quality architecture always contains a reference to Historical and Contemporary global architecture. Italy is the best place for the exploration of the origin of Arc ... [+]

Beauty To Challenge The World. Do You Believe It?

A New Concept Of Design School

The characteristic of these courses is that theory is combined with practice on real jobs environment where every day, every hour we subvert yourself and the world!

International Dual Master of Architecture with Professional Certificate of Practice.

High-quality architecture always contains a reference to Historical and Contemporary global architecture. Italy is the best place for the exploration of the origin of Architecture and at the same time the observation of avant-garde design in the new works of amazing world-class architects.

Moreover, the Innovative Concept of the school, the combination of theory with real international work which we have realized in five venues in the world, develops a new approach on the course " Study on the Job" where all the lectures will apply directly to the adventure of real work with its complexity and its fascinating combination of materials, space, light, functions, and construction.... [-]

Italy Florence
October 2019
Full-time
1 year
Campus
École Polytechnique

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

Smart Cities

At a glance Diploma: Master’s Degree Type: Industry-oriented degree Number of ECTS credits: 140 Start: September 2019 Duration: 2 years Language: English Location: France Tuition Fees: €12,000/year

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”.... [-]

France Palaiseau
September 2019
Full-time
2 years
Campus
Malmö University

What is a city and who are the key actors in urban development? How do cultural, political and economic conditions define urban life? How can we develop innovative, colla ... [+]

Summary

What is a city and who are the key actors in urban development? How do cultural, political and economic conditions define urban life? How can we develop innovative, collaborative and sustainable approaches to urban challenges and possibilities? This programme studies Nordic urban planning in a global context and its distinctive perspectives to urban sustainability, liveability, mobility, ‘smart’ cities, welfare, citizen empowerment and more. The programme is offered by Roskilde University in collaboration with Malmö University and Tromsø University.

Admission Requirements

Bachelor's degree, consisting of 180 credits. The equivalent of English 6 in Swedish secondary school.... [-]

Sweden Malmö
September 2020
Full-time
2 years
Campus
University of Puerto Rico - Río Piedras

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 ... [+]

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.

The syllabus for the Master's degree in Planning was reviewed and approved by the Academic Senate on April 17, 1997 and by the Board of Trustees through Certification No. 22 of August 28, 1998.

The focus of the curriculum is the comprehensive and integral development of society, in its main components: economic, social, urban-spatial and environmental. The theories, methods and techniques for the diagnosis and analysis of problems and needs, the evaluation of intervention alternatives and the design of policies, plans, programs and projects and their implementation are studied. The scope of intervention can be national, regional, municipal and community, through the government, the community, non-governmental organizations, private companies or their consortiums.... [-]

Puerto Rico San Juan
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Spanish
Full-time
1 year
Campus