MS Urban Planning Student Experience

MS Urban Planning students on field trip to Portland

Become part of a tight-knit cohort as you learn in small classes and interact closely with faculty.

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 Graduate Planning Society (GPS) is a student-run organization providing students in the MS Urban Planning program with the support and professional tools necessary to develop leadership skills. GPS also serves as a link to the local chapter of the American Planning Association (APA).

Quotation marks

After my undergraduate experience in a large program in Washington, D.C., I knew I wanted more individual attention in graduate school. I've found that here.

Lena Porell '20 MS Urban Planning

Meet MS Urban Planning Students

Students in the MS Urban Planning program come to CAPLA from across the country and around the world. Their passions, like their professional experience, are diverse. Meet a few of our students:

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Tucson, the Coolest Desert City in the World

Tucson's historic 4th Avenue


We hate to give away our best-kept secret, but Tucson is one of the best places to live in the country (and Outside magazine agrees).

Located in the lush Sonoran desert, the metropolitan area of a million people is nestled between five mountain ranges, has a world-renowned multicultural food scene and eclectic neighborhoods and offers year-round outdoor activities, including cycling, hiking, rock climbing and astronomy. You’ll fit right in.

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Ready to shape a more resilient future?

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