Shape your career with a degree in urban and regional planning. Urban planners serve the community through the development, management and revitalization of an area’s environment. At the UCF School of Public Administration, we offer undergraduate and graduate programs in urban and regional planning. Graduates of these programs currently serve communities in Central Florida, Tennessee and Texas, as well as organizations like Lockheed Martin, Teach for America and Metro Plan Orlando.

Degree Programs

Undergraduate Programs

Minor in Urban and Regional Planning
Students who are interested in exploring urban planning may choose to pursue the minor, which covers the fundamentals of the field.

Graduate Programs

Master of Science in Urban and Regional Planning
Our 48-credit-hour Master of Science in Urban and Regional Planning (M.S.URP) emphasizes sustainability and socially responsible planning. Students can focus on areas such as environmental planning, healthy communities planning or transportation planning.

Graduate Certificate in Urban and Regional Planning
The 18-credit-hour graduate certificate is more broad, providing students with enhanced knowledge, skills and career development in urban and regional planning.

Faculty

Thomas Bryer, Ph.D.

Professor

Public Administration, Doctoral Program in Public Affairs

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Christopher Emrich, Ph.D.,GISP

Associate Professor

Public Administration

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Roberta Fennessy, M.S.

Instructor

Public Administration

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Yue "Gurt" Ge, Ph.D.

Assistant Professor

Public Administration

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Christopher Hawkins, Ph.D.

Associate Professor

Public Administration

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Qian Hu, Ph.D.

Associate Professor

Public Administration

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Luis Santiago, Ph.D.

Associate Professor and MSURP Director

Public Administration

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Chia-Yuan Yu, Ph.D.

Assistant Professor

Public Administration

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Adjunct Faculty

Owen Beitsch, Ph.D., FAICP

Adjunct

Public Administration

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Student Resources

M.S.URP Plan of Study
M.S.URP New Student Handbook
M.S.URP Virtual Orientation
URP Graduate Certificate Plan of Study

Giving

Contributions from our alumni and friends directly impact the lives of our students, staff and faculty. Help sustain the School of Public Administration by making a gift today. All donations will help us continue to provide an outstanding education, conduct leading research and engage in community outreach.

Learn more about giving here at the School of Public Administration and College of Community Innovation and Education. Or, make a gift today and consider supporting one or more of the school’s following funds:

Urban and Regional Planning Operating Fund
Urban and Regional Planning Lecture Series
School of Public Administration
Public Administration Fellows Program
Student Volunteer and Service Learning Fund

The UCF Foundation administers funds that support the school’s students and programs. To donate, click here.

Alumni & Giving

Alumni & Student News

Student Spotlight: Marellys Moreno

Planning is an interdisciplinary field of study that focuses not only on urban and regional development efforts but also on current and potential impacts of development decisions on surrounding communities. In her position as a program associate for the Lake County Housing and Community Development Division, Marellys Moreno studies the impact that development efforts have on residents and communities within Lake County. Read more...

Urban Planning Alumni Embarks on New Job in Denmark

Urban and regional planning alumna Mercedes Beaudoin has started on a new journey in her career. She now serves as a technical writer and communications specialist for Universal Robots, which manufactures small robotics arms in Denmark. Beaudoin is featured in this video from the company. She graduated from the School of Public Administration in 2015 with a Master of Science in Urban and Regional Planning.

Alumni Elected to Florida APA Executive Board

Two alumni from the urban and regional planning program have been named members of the executive committee of the American Planning Association’s Florida Chapter. Joshua DeVries, ’16, has been elected president of the organization while Emily Hanna, ’15, has been named vice president. Alissa Torres, an urban and regional planning advisory board member, was elected Orange County director of the executive board.

Alumni Achievement Award Winners

Emily Hanna, 2017

Emily Hanna, ’11, ’15, serves as the senior planner for the city of Casselberry.

Erin Sterck, 2016

Erin Sterk, ’08, ’14, serves as a city planner for Osceola County in Central Florida.

Judy Pizzo, 2015

Judy Pizzo, ’96,’12, is a transportation planner at the Florida Department of Transportation.

Jason McHugh, 2014

Jason McHugh, ’13, serves as the city manager of the city of Wildwood, Florida.