Curriculum Basics

At the heart of the two-year master's degree program is an integrated core curriculum providing first-year students with a solid foundation in social, economic, and public policy analysis. Second-year students focus on one or two areas of concentration: economic development, land use and environmental planning, housing and community development, transportation, and the use of geographic information systems, as well as complete a major planning research project in our Field Problems course.

Planners must also develop professional skills in report writing, oral presentation, computer-enabled analytics and presentation graphics, and team management in order to function effectively in various organizational and political environments. Fifty semester hours are required: 23 semester hours of core courses, 6 hours of capstone courses (fulfilled with Field Problems in Planning I and II), at least 9 semester hours in an area of concentration, and 12 semester hours of electives.