The Master of Science in Urban and Regional Planning program is designed to produce graduates with the analytical skills and managerial knowledge to pursue successful careers in urban, metropolitan, and regional planning and closely related fields.
The Master of Science
in Urban and Regional Planning consists of 48 credit hours. Each student
completes a core of nine courses (27 credit hours), restricted elective
courses (15 credit hours), and a Capstone project (6 credit
The Master of Science in Urban and
Regional Planning (MSURP) program is a face-to-face program. While some
courses are offered online, students admitted to the MSURP program are
expected to attend face-to-face classes offered week nights on the main
campus. The MSURP also incorporates community based projects into most
courses. Group projects are intended to develop leadership
abilities while also providing an opportunity to show students are
capable of working as part of a team. Group projects promote
important intellectual and social skills and help to prepare
students for work in a world in which teamwork and collaboration are
increasingly the norm.
Courses and credit hours used
for undergraduate degrees cannot be applied toward the MSURP
degree, except for Senior Scholar students. Students approved as an
undergraduates at UCF to participate in the Senior Scholar program may, with
the permission of the MSURP program director, use up to 9 credit
hours of graduate course work from their bachelor's degree toward
the MSURP degree. However, no undergraduate-level courses will be
accepted in the MSURP program.
|Total Credit Hours Required:|
Credit Hours Minimum beyond the Bachelor's Degree|
Required Courses—33 Credit
Core—27 Credit Hours
- PAD 5336 Introduction to Urban
Planning (3 credit hours)
- PAD 5337 Urban Design (3 credit hours)
- PAD 5338 Land Use and Planning Law (3 credit hours)
- PAD 5356
Managing Community and Economic Development (3 credit hours)
- PAD 6316
Planning Methods (3 credit hours)
- PAD 6353 Environmental Planning and
Policy (3 credit hours)
- PAD 6387 Transportation Policy (3 credit
- PAD 6825 Cross-Sectoral Governance (3 credit hours)
- PAD 6847 Planning Healthy Communities (3 credit hours)
Capstone or Final Product—6 Credit Hours
The final product will be a
studio experience for six credit hours.
- IDS 6953 Urban and Regional
Planning Capstone I (3 credit hours)
- IDS 6954 Urban and Regional
Planning Capstone II (3 credit hours)
Students work in teams for
the final product in the planning degree program under the supervision of a
faculty adviser. Students work closely with community partners in
conducting an applied planning project. Part of the capstone experience is a
presentation of their final project.
Elective Courses—15 Credit
Planning Elective Courses—9 Credit Hours
Students take 9
credits (three courses) from the list of courses below. Faculty members who
conduct research in the area of concentration may serve as advisers in
selecting electives. An internship may be utilized by students to expand their
experience in planning.
- PAD 6254 Economics of Land Use Planning and
Development (3 credit hours)
- PAD 6397 Managing Emergencies and Crises
(3 credit hours)
- PAD 6339 Housing Development and Planning (3 credit
- PAD 6355 Growth Management Approaches and Techniques (3 credit
- PAD 6716 Information Systems for Public Managers and Planners
(3 credit hours)
- URP 6711 Sustainable Transportation Planning (3
- PAD 6946 Internship (3 credit hours)
General Electives—6 Credit Hours
Students take two general
elective courses for six credit hours. These courses should first be
taken from the additional planning electives listed above, however students can
choose general elective courses from any of the PAD courses offered by the
School of Public Administration. With prior approval from the MSURP Program
Director, general electives courses can be taken from outside the School of
Public Administration. Students must show that these courses directly support
a career in urban and regional planning.
without practical administrative experience in the public sector are strongly
advised to complete an internship (3 credit hours).
- PAD 6946
Internship (3 credit hours)
Additional Program Requirements
Students must achieve a grade of "B-" (80%) or higher in every course
listed under core requirements and in the Capstone Experience courses.
Students must maintain a program of study and graduate status GPA of 3.0
or higher and can only graduate with a graduate status GPA of 3.0 or
The School of Public Administration incorporates service
learning into some courses. Service learning is a teaching method that
provides a means for every student to enhance his or her academic program with
experiential learning opportunities. Service learning provides an opportunity
for students to work with community partners by collecting and compiling
data and producing quality products that will be beneficial to both students
Students are expected to be computer literate
and have computer internet access upon entry to the program.
Independent LearningIndependent learning is demonstrated throughout the curriculum through the process of inquiry and dialogue. Tangible projects, such as research scholarly papers, internships, and the Capstone/Final Project also contribute to the self-development of students. The planning study in the Capstone/Final Project will focus on reviewing and analyzing contemporary planning issues in order to help students acquire knowledge and skills pertaining to best practices in a variety of planning subfields. The Capstone/Final Project provides opportunities for independent learning experience.
For information on general UCF graduate admissions requirements that apply to all prospective students, please visit the Admissions section of the Graduate Catalog. Applicants must apply online. All requested materials must be submitted by the established deadline.
In addition to meeting general UCF graduate application requirements, applicants to this program must provide:
- One official transcript (in a sealed envelope) from each college/university attended.
- Three letters of recommendation evaluating scholarly and professional capacity. Letters from professors from the colleges/universities attended are preferred, but if that is not feasible, letters from current or past supervisors will be accepted. The recommender must address your work ethic and ability to succeed at graduate-level academic work.
- Current professional résumé including experience in the field (paid or voluntary).
- Goal Statement: The goal statement is a key component of the admission review process and serves as an example of the applicant's ability to express himself or herself in writing. The goal statement must be no longer than two pages double spaced (500-800 words) and should address the following:
- Personal background and career aspirations in urban and regional planning.
- Reason for pursuing graduate study in urban and regional planning, including future career goals and plans.
- Specific areas of urban and regional planning of interest to the applicant.
- Applicants applying to this program who have attended a college/university outside the United States must provide a course-by-course credential evaluation with GPA calculation. Credential evaluations are accepted from World Education Services (WES) or Josef Silny and Associates, Inc. only.
- All International students must meet university minimum TOEFL score requirements regardless of language in which the undergraduate program was completed.
Admission to this degree is competitive; applicants meeting the minimum university and/or program application requirements are not guaranteed admission to the program.
All requested material must be submitted by the established deadline date. Materials received after the established deadline may not be considered.
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International Transfer Applicants
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*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.
Graduate students may receive financial assistance through fellowships, assistantships, tuition support, or loans. For more information, see the College of Graduate Studies Funding website
, which describes the types of financial assistance available at UCF and provides general guidance in planning your graduate finances. The Financial Information
section of the Graduate Catalog is another key resource.
Fellowships are awarded based on academic merit to highly qualified students. They are paid to students through the Office of Student Financial Assistance, based on instructions provided by the College of Graduate Studies. Fellowships are given to support a student’s graduate study and do not have a work obligation. For more information, see UCF Graduate Fellowships, which includes descriptions of university fellowships and what you should do to be considered for a fellowship.