Masters Program Details

Urban and regional planning is a discipline which seeks to understand a wide variety of changes occurring in neighborhoods, cities, and regions.  MURP is designed to prepare students for a planning career in public, private, and non-profit sectors. The curriculum combines an appreciation of planning as a profession, substantive studies regarding urban and regional challenges and opportunities, and a set of analytical skills useful to planning practice. There are promising career opportunities in planning. 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.

Program Description

The Master of Urban and Regional Planning (MURP) program is designed to prepare students for a planning career in public, private, and non-profit sectors. The curriculum combines an appreciation of planning as a profession, substantive studies regarding urban and regional challenges and opportunities, and a set of analytical skills useful to planning practice. Together these prepare future planners who can strive for enhancing the quality of everyone, developing local economies and for an entire country, providing affordable housing, promoting green energy, preserving threatened land, building great public transit, and developing sustainable cities and regions.

Method of Delivery

face to face and some online courses

Accreditation

SACS

Credit & Transfer

Total semester hours required to earn a degree: 36
Maximum Hours Transferable into program: 12

Tuition & Fees

For the most up-to-date and accurate cost information, see the Bursar's Office website at http://www.westga.edu/bursar/.

Coursework

MURP requires the completion of 36 semester hours of graduate credit. All students must take three core courses (nine hours): Planning Theory and Practice, Research Methods for Public Administration, and Capstone Project or Internship. Students are required to take seven courses (21 hours) among the listed elective courses. Four courses out of the seven elective courses required must be PLAN 5000 or 6000 level courses.

The remaining six hours may be selected from across the University. Students may fill the remaining six hours with courses in other disciplines such as public administration, geography, economics, sociology, and history. Students can also fill the remaining six hours with the elective courses

Geographic Information Systems - GEOG-5553
Complete: 8 - 15 Weeks | Credit hours: 4.0

Description: An introduction to the use of Geographic Information Systems, including GIS theory, data input, spatial analysis, and final output. Project required.

Remote Sensing - GEOG-5563
Complete: 8 - 15 Weeks | Credit hours: 4.0

Description: Remote sensing of land, ocean, and atmosphere, including the response of earth materials to electromagnetic radiation; sensors and systems for earth observations; interpretation of imagery; mapping for environmental assessment, resource exploration, oceanographic, and other applications.

Advanced GIS and Spatial Analysis - GEOG-6753
Complete: 8 - 15 Weeks | Credit hours: 4.0

Description: An advanced course in GIS and geospatial data analysis. Topics include enterprise GIS applications, spatially- enabled RDBMS, advanced issues in GIS, organizational issues, GIS modeling, geostatistics, and contemporary geospatial techniques. Project required.

Technology and Sustainable Economic Development - PLAN-5701
Complete: 8 - 15 Weeks | Credit hours: 3.0

Description: Examines economic development policy at all levels of government and the role technology can play in helping promote sustainable economic development.

Planning Theory and Practice - PLAN-5704
Complete: 8 - 15 Weeks | Credit hours: 3.0

Description: The course provides an overview of the development of planning theory and practice and its usefulness in addressing the challenges facing the practice of public planning in modern society.

Computers in Politics, Planning, and Management - PLAN-5705
Complete: 8 - 15 Weeks | Credit hours: 3.0

Description: This course will acquaint students with computer-based methods that are used in the fields of political science, planning, and public administration.

Housing and Community Development - PLAN-5721
Complete: 8 - 15 Weeks | Credit hours: 3.0

Description: Introduction to housing and community development issues, problems and policy. Attention is focused on the operation of the housing market, historical development of housing and community development problems, and the evaluation of public and private sector responses to these problems.

Environmental Planning - PLAN-5722
Complete: 8 - 15 Weeks | Credit hours: 3.0

Description: Introduction to the concepts of environmental planning through an overview of problems, potential solutions, and their relation to methodologies, existing institutions, and other public policy areas.

Transportation Planning - PLAN-5723
Complete: 8 - 15 Weeks | Credit hours: 3.0

Description: Introduction to the U.S. transportation system and how planning is done for it. Examines contemporary U.S. transportation problems, sources of funding, institutions, and legislation. Presents the theory and methods employed by planners in resolving transportation problems through investment decision plans, operating strategies, and government policies. Stresses the close relationship between transportation and land use decisions.

Sustainable Development - PLAN-5724
Complete: 8 - 15 Weeks | Credit hours: 3.0

Description: This course examines both theoretical and practical aspects of sustainable development and its relationship to land use planning in an effort to provide students with the skills needed to evaluate and propose activities to plan for sustainable development.

Planning Seminar - PLAN-5784
Complete: 8 - 15 Weeks | Credit hours: 3.0

Description: Reviews recent books and periodical literature on topics of contemporary planning. Explores/discusses various planning theories and the history of planning in the United States.

Topics in Planning - PLAN-5785
Complete: 8 - 15 Weeks | Credit hours: 3.0

Description: An in-depth analysis of specific planning topics will be offered. This course may be repeated for credit with different content. Titles and content will be supplied at the time of offering and listed on students' transcripts.

Capstone Project or Internship - PLAN-5786
Complete: 8 - 15 Weeks | Credit hours: 3.0

Description: Experience working with agency/organization in which planning knowledge can be utilized. Prerequisite: approval of instructor and chair. OR Individual preparation of paper on a community or regional plan that exhibits mastery of substantive area of planning.

Land Use Planning - PLAN-6702
Complete: 8 - 15 Weeks | Credit hours: 3.0

Description: Examines and understands existing land use planning methods and formats. Develops land use planning skills and gains experience by developing a land use plan.

Environmental Policy - POLS-5209
Complete: 8 - 15 Weeks | Credit hours: 3.0

Description: Environmental Policy will emphasize the national and state policy making process, focusing on the dynamics of pluralist change, policy implementation and current environmental status.

Research Methods for Public Administration - POLS-6202
Complete: 8 - 15 Weeks | Credit hours: 3.0

Description: Research techniques and computer applications relevant to public and nonprofit agencies. The design, data collection, and analysis component of the research process are emphasized.

Public Policy Analysis and Evaluation - POLS-6204
Complete: 8 - 15 Weeks | Credit hours: 3.0

Description: Concepts, techniques of analysis and evaluation methods for the design and assessment of public policy and programs.

Administrative Law and Procedures - POLS-6205
Complete: 8 - 15 Weeks | Credit hours: 3.0

Description: A detailed study, by ways of cases and controversies, of the Constitutional, legal, ethical, and administrative principles which regulate the actions of public servants, the course examines cases from both federal and state administrative experience.

Faculty

This describes the general information about faculty for this program.

Guidelines for Admittance

  • All graduate applicants must complete the online Grad Application. A one-time application fee of $40 is required.
  • Applicants should also review the Graduate Studies Website for individual program specific requirements and tasks that must be completed prior to admission. See Graduate Studies Application Process.
  • International applicants are subject to additional requirements and application deadlines. See Procedures for International Students.
  • Official transcripts from a regionally or nationally accredited institution are required and should be sent directly to the UWG Admissions Office.

Program-specific Admittance Guidelines

2.5 cumulative undergraduate GPA (4.0 scale)

An official score of the Graduate Record Exam

Official TOEFL test results for international applicants or U. S. applicants whose native language is not English.

Three letters of recommendation from individuals knowledgeable of your professional and academic abilities

Application Deadlines

* Application, app fee, and document deadline; Dates may vary for Readmit, Transfer, and Transient students.

See The Scoop for more specific deadlines: http://www.westga.edu/registrar/766.php

Specific graduate deadlines are listed here: http://www.westga.edu/gradstudies/important-dates.php

Admission Process Checklist

The Graduate Studies Application Process checklist is available here: Graduate Program Checklist for Regional and Urban Planning_2012.pdf

One exception: If you will not ever be traveling to a UWG campus or site, you may apply for an Immunization Exemption. Contact the Immunization Clerk with your request.

Contact

Patricia Wells
Graduate Studies Associate
College of Social Sciences
Carrollton, GA 30118
(678) 839-5170

Dates

Specific dates for Admissions (Undergraduate Only), Financial Aid, Fee Payment, Registration, Start/End of Term Dates, Final Exams, etc. are available in THE SCOOP at http://www.westga.edu/registrar/766.php.

Specific Graduate Admissions Deadlines: 

Learning Objectives

  • Master of Urban and Regional Planning students will demonstrate advanced knowledge and understanding of the theoretical foundations of public planning.
  • Master of Urban and Regional Planning students will demonstrate advanced knowledge and understanding of the methods and techniques of contemporary planning practice.
  • Master of Urban and Regional Planning students will demonstrate advanced knowledge and understanding of the substantive knowledge base necessary to study and practice in the field of planning.