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Well-planned cities and regions are the key to confronting many of the most critical economic, environmental and social challenges facing the U.S. and the world today.
The two-year Master of Science in Urban Planning from the University of Arizona prepares you for a meaningful career where you'll shape a more resilient future for cities and communities, locally and across the globe.
At CAPLA, we're pushing urban planning education, research and practice in new and exciting directions—and students from diverse backgrounds are at the heart of our award-winning and engaging work.
Our MS Urban Planning program is fully accredited through the Planning Accreditation Board (PAB).
What You'll Learn
In the Master's in Urban Planning, you’ll learn:
- Urban and regional planning theory and practice
- Site planning and creative plan-making
- Land use planning analysis and law
- Public participation and dispute resolution
- Professional written and graphic communication
- Data-driven analytical methods, including geographic information systems (GIS)
- Planning for real estate and urban development, urban transportation systems and the environment
- Health and the built environment
- Planning for equity, diversity and social justice
You’ll graduate ready to thrive in a profession of increasing importance in the face of climate change, growing urban populations and challenges to social equity.
distinctive concentrations: Environmental Planning, Heritage Conservation, Real Estate and Urban Development, Urban Transportation Planning
Top public urban planning program
without a Ph.D. (#9 overall)
of MS Urban Planning graduates were employed in field within a year; the rest went into higher education
The Master of Science in Urban Planning’s expert faculty and flexible curriculum—including concentrations in Environmental Planning, Urban Transportation Planning, Real Estate and Urban Development, and Heritage Conservation—prepare you for an impactful career in planning or beyond.
Demand for urban and regional planners is projected to grow in Arizona and the nation, with an expected 3,500 annual job openings nationally.
Graduates can expect to work for public agencies, private planning firms and nonprofit organizations.
With the City of Tucson as your laboratory, you can learn to plan, design and build innovative, resilient places that promote sustainable environmental and social practice.
Students and faculty collaborate on real-world projects that take advantage of Tucson’s unique location in the Sonoran Desert, the university’s status as a Research I and land-grant university and CAPLA’s state-of-the art facilities.
Meet the MS Urban Planning Community
Returned Peace Corps Volunteers
The University of Arizona is pleased to offer Coverdell Fellowships to returned Peace Corps volunteers who are enrolled in a graduate urban planning program. Coverdell Fellows find a robust Peace Corps community here, and many are CAPLA alumni.
Member: The University of Arizona
The University of Arizona is now part of the National Institute for Transportation and Communities (NITC), one of five U.S. Department of Transportation-funded national university transportation centers. Having NITC at the university means exciting opportunities, including research funding, the NITC Scholar program, conference travel scholarships, student organization support and more.
The CAPLA Master of Science in Urban Planning curriculum provides a really good mix of the academic and the applied, allowing me to hone in on the areas I’ve most enjoyed: community development, planning methods, site analysis and heritage conservation.
Ariel Fry '20 MS Urban Planning