Master of Science in Urban Planning

The Master of Science in Urban Planning (MS Urban Planning) is an accredited professional degree program with an emphasis on sustainable urban and regional planning.

The program provides a diverse and multidisciplinary learning experience that prepares students to address the challenges that face society and the environment through creative urban plan making; transportation, environmental, and physical planning; and by fostering cultural awareness and encouraging innovative research. 

Our program emphasizes systematic and creative ways to advance urban and regional planning within the context of real-world applications.

Students come from diverse backgrounds with degrees in architecture, business management, environmental sciences, geography, landscape architecture, political science, public health, regional development, fine arts, and other disciplines. the program offers students the opportunity to develop an independent concentration in their area of interest. MS Urban Planning students work and study in studios that encourage collaboration and interdisciplinary learning. Small class sizes allow close interactions with faculty and peers.

The University of Arizona offers Coverdell Fellowships to Returned Peace Corps Volunteers enrolled in the Master of Science in Planning program. Coverdell Fellows find a robust Peace Corps community at the University of Arizona and in Tucson, and many are CAPLA alumni. For more information about the program, including scholarships, visit the University of Arizona Coverdell Fellows site.

The program is accredited by the Planning Accreditation Board (PAB), which accredits university programs in North America leading to bachelor’s and master’s degrees in planning. Public Information on Program Performance for the UA's Master of Science in Urban Planning program is available.

Funding is available for qualified students.

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 & Inclusion for more information and resources.

From The Studio

Ladd Keith Receives Urban Land Institute Award

The Assistant Professor of Planning and Chair of Sustainable Built Environments has been honored with the Rising Star Award from the Urban Land Institute Advisory Services Panel Program.

Urban Planning Students Win State Award

The award-winning student team worked with communities in the Globe-Miami region of Arizona to craft a framework plan that focused on health, community, environment, connectivity, and economic growth.

Planning Student Selected as 2020 ADOT/TRB Minority Fellow

As Tucson awaits the up-coming drop of hundreds of shared electric-scooters (or e-scooters) on our streets, one CAPLA student investigates how local agencies regulate these third-party companies to encourage safe, equitable, and responsible operation.

Urban Planning Internship Experiences

All MS Urban Planning students complete a summer internship between their first and second year. Our internship coordinator, a practicing planning professional, guides students through the process of seeking out internship positions and equips them with professional skills that ensure their success.

CAPLA Students Develop Award-winning Complete Streets Framework

A team of eight CAPLA students worked with Living Streets Alliance and the City of Tucson to provide a framework for development of a Complete Streets Policy that will support safe, equitable, and healthy streets that encourage economic growth within districts throughout the city.

Our world-class faculty bring a wide breadth and depth of expertise and experience in built environment policy and design. They are leaders in their fields and create interdisciplinary and collaborative learning environments. 

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