Master of Science in Rural and Small Town Planning
Department of Political Science and Planning
Pafford 140 • 678-839-6504
S. Caress, L. Howe, R. Sanders
G. Dixon, H. J. Jun, S. Lee, P. Rutledge
The Master of Science degree in Rural and Small Town Planning is designed to prepare students for a planning career in rural, regional, public, and private planning agencies. Specifically, the program is structured to provide a base in planning theory and analytical skills together with extensive preparation in the formulation and implementation of rural plans, policies, and programs.
Admission to the program is open to students with an undergraduate degree in geography, political science, sociology, planning, or a related discipline. Students entering the program must meet admission guidelines established by the Graduate School and the requirements set forth by the department. Departmental requirements include evidence of superior academic ability, and evidence of an interest in planning.
M.S. Rural and Small Town Planning students will demonstrate advanced knowledge and understanding of:
- The theoretical foundations of public planning.
- The methods and techniques of contemporary planning practice.
- The substantive knowledge base necessary to study and practice in the field of planning.
Program of Study
The Master of Science in Rural and Small Town Planning requires the completion of 36 semester hours of graduate credit. All students must take six core courses (18 hours):
Environmental Policy (POLS 5209)
Planning Seminar (PLAN 5784)
Capstone Project or Internship (PLAN 5786)
Planning Theory and Practice (PLAN 5704)
Research Methods for Public Administration (POLS 6202)
Public Policy Analysis and Evaluation (POLS 6204)
For the remaining 18 hours, students may choose graduate-level courses from Planning, Political Science, Geography, Geology, or other related disciplines.