Master of Science in City and Regional Planning

Develop the knowledge and skills essential to solving complex challenges in neighborhoods, cities and regions with a Master of Science in City and Regional Planning in Temple University’s Tyler School of Art and Architecture. This 45-credit, professionally accredited graduate degree program prepares students for dynamic career opportunities in city and regional planning for government, nonprofit and private sectors. Graduates of this program are eligible for status as an American Institute of Certified Planners candidate, pre-certified planner.

Guided by a faculty of experienced, practicing professionals, City and Regional Planning MS students learn how to navigate the challenges of policymaking in a multitiered regulatory framework and within a pluralistic society. They gain the communication skills and tools necessary to work effectively with a range of communities, administrative stakeholders and interest groups in the processes of planning and decision-making.

The curriculum of the City and Regional Planning MS builds skill sets in social and environmental planning and governmental structures, and develops advanced computer applications for planning. Areas of particular strength for this program are sustainability, environmental planning and community engagement. Students in the graduate program gain a broad understanding of the physical and economic aspects of planning, sensitivity to the social and environmental impact of planning decisions, and knowledge of the pertinent governmental structures.

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You can focus on City and Regional Planning or you can take one of the following concentrations.

  • Sustainable Community Planning

    Along with core courses on city planning history, policies and theory, focus your studies on sustainable community design and development. Tailor your degree with electives like Collaborative Planning, Ecological Planning and Sustainability in Suburban Communities.

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  • Transportation Planning

    Delve into issues of transportation design and land use along with core courses on city planning history, policies and theory. Earn a professional credential in addition to your degree with electives like Regional Development, Integrated Transportation and Land Use Planning and Non-motorized Transportation Planning.

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Classes & Curriculum

As a City and Regional Planning MS student, you’ll build skills in social and environmental planning and governmental structures, and develop advanced methods for planning. A few courses you can anticipate taking include the following.

  • Environmental Planning
  • Planning History and Theory
  • Planning Politics and Administration
  • Spatial Analysis Techniques/Geographic Information Systems

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Tuition & Fees

In keeping with Temple’s commitment to access and affordability, this Master of Science offers a competitive level of tuition with multiple opportunities for financial support.

Tuition rates are set annually by the university and are affected by multiple factors, including program degree level (undergraduate or graduate), course load (full- or part-time), in-state or out-of-state residency, and more. These tuition costs apply to the 2023–2024 academic year.

Pennsylvania resident: $1,053.00 per credit
Out-of-state: $1,449.00 per credit

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