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Planning Degree Program
The Master of Science in Planning Program
Curriculum and Areas of Concentration
- Land Use and Urban Development
- Environmental Planning and GeoDesign
- Heritage Conservation
- Heritage Conservation
- Collaborative Governance
- Geographic Information Systems
- Global Health and Development
- American Indian Natural Resources Management
- Water Policy
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).
Admission to the Program, Costs, and Financial Aid
Most MS Planning students enter in the fall semester. The early admission application deadline for the fall semester is February 1, although we do accept applications throughout the year. Applicants who apply by the February deadline are given priority consideration both for admission and financial aid. Click here to learn more about admissions requirements and how to apply.
Financial aid is available to qualified students based on the program, merit and financial need. Many of our students receive some form of financial aid excluding loans. To see a breakdown of tuition and fees and learn more about applying for financial aid, click here.
The cost to attend the program varies depending on whether the student is an in-state, out-of-state, or foreign student, and the number of credits carried each semester. To determine the cost of attending the program, view the current tuition rates and fees. The required College program fee is an additional $1500 per semester.
The Planning faculty has diverse experiences and talents; each member is committed to the integration of teaching, research, and outreach. All full-time Planning faculty hold Ph.D.’s in their area of specialization. Faculty research and teaching interests include multi-modal transportation, environmental and geospatial design, climate, equitable housing, heritage conservation, and sustainable development all of which are consistent with the overarching mission of the College as a leader in sustainable design and planning. To learn more about faculty teaching and research interests, click on the faculty names to the right.
Careers and Employment in Planning
Professional Organizations and Partnerships
The Planning program has developed partnerships with government agencies and other organizations by connecting faculty and students with local planning needs. Partnerships have been developed with the City of Tucson, Pima County, Cochise County, Town of Marana, Pima Association of Governments, the Warehouse Arts District, Tohono O’odham Nation, Arizona Department of Housing, and the U.S. Department of Housing. Additionally, many planners join the American Planning Association and the local chapter, the American Planning Association, Arizona Chapter.
Diversity and Inclusion
The University of Arizona and the School of Landscape Architecture and Planning is committed to creating and maintaining an environment free of discrimination. In support of this commitment, the University prohibits discrimination, including harassment and retaliation, based on a protected classification, including race, color, religion, sex, national origin, age, disability, veteran status, sexual orientation, gender identity, or genetic information. We are dedicated to inclusive excellence; the recognition and acceptance of the talents, worldviews, perceptions, cultures, and skills that diverse communities bring to the educational enterprise that can be harnessed to prepare students for leading, living, and working in a diverse world.
Please refer to the Office of Diversity and Inclusion for more information and resources.
- Planning Degree Information
- Admissions, Costs & Financial Aid
- MS Planning Curriculum
- MS Planning Areas of Concentration
- Strategic Plan
- UA Assessment
- Public Information on Program Performance
- PAB 2016 Self-Study Report