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, 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 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 Master of Science in Urban Planning program is available. View our program's strategic plan.

Funding is available for qualified students.

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    Application Deadlines

    January 1: Early Decision
    March 1: Round 1
    May 1: Round 2
    July 31: International Deadline UPDATED
    July 31: Final Deadline

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    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.

    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.

    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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