Political Science & Planning
  • Planning students are eligible for a limited number of Graduate Assistantships and various other types of financials assistance administered through the Financial Aid Office.

Urban and Regional Planning

Master in Urban and Regional Planning
Program Strengths
  • Faculty members who have work experience in the field of public planning teach many of the courses. Furthermore, faculty members in the Urban and Regional Planning program are continually engaged in research and public service activities to remain abreast of current professional practice.
    Special Opportunities
    • Students have the opportunity to enrich their classroom experiences through internships, public service projects, membership in professional organizations and class projects that focus on real world planning problems.
    • Graduate Assistantships provide financial assistance along with the opportunity to work closely with faculty on research projects.
    Job Opportunities
    • The US News and World Report and the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics have recognized urban planner as one of the best careers in North America. Many graduates pursue careers in city and county planning agencies, city and county economic development agencies, metropolitan planning organizations, community development organizations, public or non-profit housing agencies, and private sector planning and design firms. 
    • The planning program is housed in the Pafford Building. Classrooms in the Pafford Building are equipped with Smart Panels that provide access to the Internet, LCD projectors and DVD players. Also, computer labs located throughout the campus provide students with access to the MSOffice suite, various statistical packages and other specialized software. The Geospatial Computer in the Geography Building provides the latest software for computer mapping, geographic information systems, and remote sensing. 
    Faculty Specialties/Interests
    • Neighborhood dynamics, racial issues in housing, residential mobility, and sustainable community development
    • Housing and community development, land use planning, planning theory and practice, and sustainable development
    • Research methods and public policy analysis and evaluation
    • Personnel administration, public policy, environmental policy, animal rights lobbying activities and immigration policy
    • Political thought (classical, modern and American), administrative law, theory of public administration, local democracy and community organizing
    • Planning, public administration and American government, public-private partnerships in local economic development, program evaluation, educational technology and the interactions of science and coastal policy