Urban and Regional Planning, MS

Degree: Master of Science

Build your career with a Master of Science in Urban and Regional Planning (M.S.URP) from the School of Public Administration. Our degree emphasizes sustainability and socially responsible planning, and provides students with a wealth of hands-on experience.

Program Highlights

  • 48 credit hours
  • Online and face-to-face classes
  • Evening classes
  • Can be completed within three years
  • Gain hands-on experience through the M.S.URP Studio


The M.S.URP requires 48 credit hours beyond the bachelor’s degree, including the nine core courses  and two capstone courses listed below. Students are also required to take 15 credit hours of electives. The curriculum focuses on areas such as environmental planning, transportation planning, and planning for healthy communities.

Classes are offered both online and face-to-face. Face-to-face classes are offered in the evenings at UCF Downtown for the convenience of working students. Through the M.S.URP Studio, also referred to as the capstone course, students work with local cities and counties to develop applied planning projects.

For more information on the curriculum, visit the UCF Graduate Catalog.

This course covers the issues of urbanization, regional development, land use and comprehensive planning, environmental planning, and social planning.
Offered in fall

This course covers planning techniques such as planned unit developments, capital improvements planning, and growth management, and planning methods, including needs assessment and graphic design.
Offered in fall

Students will review national and local aspects of the legal underpinnings of urban planning aspects such as zoning, growth management, and environmental regulation.
Offered in spring

This course provides an overview of economic development activities focusing on policy and managerial issues at the local level.
Offered in spring
This class covers data collection, analytical methods and techniques of report presentation for population and economic analysis.
Offered in fall

This courses covers the underlying concepts, approaches and critical issues in the field of environmental planning and management.
Offered in spring
This courses provides and examination of the process of public policy formulation and implementation in the field of transportation.
Offered occasionally
This course examines the structures, dynamics and processes associated with developing and delivering public services through networks and partnerships involving public, nonprofit, voluntary and private sectors.
Offered occasionally
This class addresses the impact of community design on health and provision of health care to the population.
Offered in spring
This capstone course synthesizes previous planning coursework through the development of a service learning project proposal.
Prerequisites: PAD 5336, PAD 5337, PAD 5338, PAD 5356, PAD 6316, PAD 6353, PAD 6387, PAD 6825, PAD 6847
Offered in fall

This capstone course implements the service learning project proposal where students collect and analyze data and make planning recommendations.
Prerequisites: IDS 6953
Offered in spring

Admissions and Advising

Prospective students seeking enrollment in the Master of Science in Urban and Regional Planning should submit the following for consideration:

  • An official, sealed transcript of each college or university attended, showing a GPA of 3.0 or better
  • A current resume
  • Three letters of recommendation from former professors or supervisors.
  • A goal statement, no longer than two pages, addressing the following:
    • What is your reason for pursuing this certificate and how does it fit into your future goals and plans?
    • What specific areas of urban planning interest you?
    • What previous work experience do you have in the field?

For more information on admissions, please contact our graduate advisor, Nasrin Lakhani.

Application Deadlines

Urban and Regional Planning MS

*Fall Priority




Domestic Applicants


Jun 1

Nov 1


International Applicants


Jan 15

Jul 1


*Applicants who plan to enroll full time in a degree program and who wish to be considered for university fellowships or assistantships should apply by the Fall Priority date.

Interested in learning more about the Certificate in Urban Regional Planning?

Register for our upcoming information session.


Faculty Contact
Luis Santiago, Ph.D.

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