***THIS PLAN IS IN TEACHOUT PHASE ONLY. NEW APPLICANTS SHOULD APPLY TO THE MS URBAN PLANNING (AMP) PROGRAM UNTIL FURTHER NOTICE.***
This program allows eligible students enrolled in the Sustainable Built Environments (SBE) or Bachelor of Architecture (B.Arch) degree programs to begin working toward a second professional degree, a Master of Science in Urban Planning (MSUP), as early as the fourth or fifth year. The MSUP can usually be completed within two semesters of attaining the B.Arch or SBE degree.
Subsequent to being admitted to the Accelerated Master's Program, SBE or B.Arch students in their fourth and/or fifth years begin to take graduate courses in the MSUP program curriculum. Twelve of the graduate units earned may be used to count toward both degrees.
Well-planned cities and regions are the key to confronting many of the most critical environmental, economic and social challenges facing the world today.
The two-year Master of Science in Urban Planning from the University of Arizona prepares you for a meaningful career where you'll shape a more resilient future for cities and communities, locally and across the globe.
At CAPLA, we're pushing urban planning education, research and practice in new and exciting directions—and students from diverse backgrounds are at the heart of our award-winning and engaging work.
Our MS Urban Planning program is fully accredited through the the Planning Accreditation Board (PAB). See http://www.planningaccreditationboard.org/ for more information.
In the Master's in Urban Planning, you’ll learn:
You’ll graduate ready to thrive in a profession of increasing importance in the face of climate change, growing urban populations and challenges to social equity.
The School of Landscape Architecture and Planning encourages and supports a culture of innovation in teaching, research, creative works, as well as community engagement aimed at advancing professional practice and preparing students to be leaders in their respective fields.
We utilize Tucson and the unique Sonoran Desert environment as a learning laboratory for applied research and community-based projects involving a variety of stakeholders.
Creative thinking and collaborative learning are encouraged in all of our programs through interdisciplinary coursework and real-world projects. Graduates are able to integrate scientific knowledge with resourceful innovation to achieve outcomes that demonstrate best practices for the development of healthful, livable, and meaningful places.
College of Architecture, Planning & Landscape Architecture
University of Arizona - Main - Tucson
This is an Accelerated Master's Program (AMP).
Students applying to the program must meet University of Arizona Graduate College admissions standards.
Prospective students are required to submit application materials directly to the University of Arizona Graduate College. Please pay careful attention to the procedures described in the online application portal. You can access the online application system as many times as necessary to prepare your application up until the time you formally submit your materials. Applications will not be reviewed until all materials have been received.
The Graduate Record Examination (GRE) is not required to apply.
All applicants must upload the following documents using PDF format:
International students must also provide:
Official transcripts may be mailed to:
CAPLA Graduate Programs Office
University of Arizona
1040 N. Olive
Tucson, AZ 85721
Required test(s): N/A
Required GRE Subject tests: N/A
Recommended tests: N/A
Recommended GRE Subject tests: N/A
Minimum GRE Verbal: N/A
Minimum GRE Quantitative: N/A
Minimum GRE Written: N/A
Minimum GMAT: N/A
Minimum MAT: N/A
Minimum TOEFL: 79
Minimum IELTS: 7
Financial aid is available to qualified students based on the program, merit and financial need. Many of our students receive some form of financial aid excluding loans.
Most students enter the program in the Fall semester, although we accept applications throughout the year and can admit students for the Spring semester.
October 11: Round 1 (Deadline for GA Consideration)
November 1: International Student Deadline, Western Regional Graduate Program (WRGP)-Eligible Deadline
December 6: Final Deadline (Domestic/International with Visa)
November 30: Priority Admissions Deadline
February 4: Round 2
March 7: Round 3 (Deadline for Graduate Assistantship Consideration and International Students without Visa)
April 4: Round 4
May 15: Final Deadline (Domestic/International with Visa, Western Regional Graduate Program (WRGP)-Eligible)
International Conditional Admission
International applicants will not be considered for conditional admission by this program.
CORE COURSEWORK (26 units)
** Students will enroll in PLG 909 twice: Fall 2 and Spring 2.
6 units of elective coursework are required. Independent study (PLG 599) may be substituted for any elective option with program approval.
Select nine units of primary concentration and six units of secondary concentration (15 units total) from the following areas or otherwise demonstrate competency:*
URBAN TRANSPORTATION PLANNING
REAL ESTATE AND URBAN DEVELOPMENT
* Upon admission to the program, students may demonstrate competency through coursework in an undergraduate related degree. Courses can be reviewed for comparative competencies in one of our master level courses by reviewing samples of work, projects or references along with passing scores of A or B.
Competency may also be demonstrated by extensive applied field experiences urban, regional or city planning practice. This will be reviewed by faculty based of references, resume and CV review.
Please refer to the Graduate Student Handbook for students who are pursuing this program of study.
This is an Accelerated Master's Program (AMP).
The Graduate College offers exceptional undergraduate students in selected majors the opportunity to earn both a bachelor's degree and master's degree in as few as 5 years. The Accelerated Master's Program is for the top undergraduates in participating majors who plan to continue in a graduate program in the same, or closely related, UA discipline.
Programs will select from among a qualified pool, based on the following criteria. Individual programs may have more stringent or additional requirements: