University of Arizona

Master of Science in Urban Planning

University of Arizona campus

The two-year Master of Science in Urban Planning, located in the multicultural heart of the Sonoran Desert, prepares students for a meaningful career where they will shape a more resilient future for cities and communities, locally and across the globe.

At the University of Arizona’s College of Architecture, Planning and Landscape Architecture—home to the highly ranked MS Urban Planning and other built environment graduate programs and certificates—we’re pushing urban planning education, research and practice in new and exciting directions. Here, students from diverse backgrounds are at the heart of our award-winning and engaging work.

The PAB-accredited MS Urban Planning is taught by expert faculty and based on a flexible curriculum, including concentrations in:

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In our program, students learn:

  • Urban and regional planning theory and practice
  • Site planning and creative plan-making
  • Land use planning analysis and law
  • Public participation and dispute resolution
  • Professional written and graphic communication
  • Data-driven analytical methods, including geographic information systems (GIS)
  • Planning for real estate and urban development, urban transportation systems and the environment
  • Health and the built environment
  • Planning for equity, diversity and social justice

Students and faculty collaborate on real-world projects that take advantage of Tucson’s unique location in the Sonoran Desert, the university’s status as a Research I and land-grant university, and CAPLA’s state-of-the art facilities. Students also connect regularly with alumni and organizations, enhancing networking opportunities while engaging practicing planners in student work.

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With the Master of Science in Urban Planning from the University of Arizona, students graduate ready to thrive in a profession of increasing importance in the face of climate change, growing urban populations and challenges to social equity.

And students from 16 Western states and territories are eligible for Arizona resident tuition pricing, a substantial savings. Learn more.


Arlie Adkins, Associate Professor of Urban Planning and Program Chair, MS Urban Planning Program
Gretchen Luhr, Graduate Program Coordinator

University of Arizona

College of Architecture, Planning and Landscape Architecture

School of Landscape Architecture and Planning

1040 N. Olive Rd

PO Box 210075

Tucson, AZ 85721


Planning Accreditation Board

Higher Learning Commission

This program is featured in Planetizen’s Guide to Urban Planning Programs.

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