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Master of Science in Planning
The Planning program curriculum is designed to be interdisciplinary, providing students with an opportunity to specialize in an area of interest while obtaining a solid background in planning theory and practice.
To earn the Master of Science in Planning (MSP) degree, students must complete 37 credits of core courses and an internship under the direct supervision of a professional planner. The internship seminar matches student interest with community partners. Students will also choose nine credits of concentration courses within one of our three areas, or may create their own independent concentration area. Choosing an area of concentration allows for greater student engagement with specialized faculty while providing an in-depth exploration of content, methods, and applications specific to a desired professional focus. Full-time planning students typically complete the program in two years.
Areas of Concentration
Incoming Planning students may choose from three diverse concentration areas or may tailor a unique educational experience by creating their own area of concentration through consultation with the academic advisor. The area of concentration allows students to engage with specialized faculty and to focus their study on content, methods, and applications specific to their desired professional goals.
Independent Concentration: The Independent Concentration focuses on areas of specialization identified by students who chose to work with faculty mentors to select courses that target individualized professional goals. Courses taken for the Independent Concentration must be pre-approved by the student’s adviser.
Dual Degree: The Planning program has partnered with the Eller College of Management to offer the option to earn both a Master of Business Administration degree and an MS Planning degree concurrently (MBA/MS Planning).
Accelerated Degree: University of Arizona undergraduate students pursuing a degree in Geography and Regional Development or Sustainable Built Environments may be able to earn an MS Planning degree through the Accelerated Master’s Program.
Accelerated programs are available on a case by case basis for those students who have completed an undergraduate degree in Planning.
Planning students may earn an interdisciplinary professional certificate along with the planning degree in any the following programs:
- Heritage Conservation
- Collaborative Governance
- Geographic Information Systems
- Global Health and Development
- American Indian Natural Resources Management
- Water Policy
- Curriculum and Degree Information
- Admissions, Costs & Financial Aid
- PAB 2016 Self-Study Report
- Public Information on Program Performance
- Strategic Plan
- School of Landscape Architecture and Planning Bylaws