University of Central Florida

Master of Science in Urban and Regional Planning

Advance your education in urban planning and community development in the heart of one of the fastest growing metropolitan areas in the nation. At the University of Central Florida’s School of Public Administration, we offer a graduate degree and certificate in urban and regional planning providing the flexibility you need to take the next step in your career.

Learn directly from experienced faculty and practitioners. Tailor your program experience to your specific interests in areas including community development, environmental planning, housing, and land use. UCF's urban and regional planning graduates are ready to use their analytical and managerial skills to support diverse communities, while emphasizing sustainability and social responsibility.

The Orlando Advantage  

From theme parks to nearby beaches and NASA launches, the Central Florida area has everything you could want in your next city and is perfect for gaining practical experience in transportation planning, community development, environmental planning, and more. Courses are offered at UCF's downtown campus – providing opportunities to engage in dynamic, hands-on learning experiences in one of fastest growing areas in the country. 

Grow Your Network

You’ll join a network of planning professionals in public, private, and nonprofit organizations across the nation. In addition to our growing alumni network, our program is represented by the Urban & Regional Planning Advisory Board – a dynamic group of Central Florida professionals who are recognized for their work in the region and across the state in organizations like the American Planning Association and the American Institute of Certified Planners.  

Why should I join you?

Greater Orlando welcomes over 1,000 new residents each week providing opportunities for you to apply program principles to real-world projects in partnership with city and county governments, private, and nonprofit organizations. You’ll conduct research, develop plans, and present your solutions - on topics ranging from affordable housing development models, healthy community planning, to sustainable transportation options - directly to local government administrators, council members, and leaders in the nonprofit and private sectors. UCF’s Master of Urban and Regional Planning is also accredited by the Planning Accreditation Board. Did we forget to mention that you’ll live where thousands of people vacation each year?

Where can I go after graduation?

UCF's urban and regional planning graduate program produces forward thinkers with the advanced skills to develop viable, innovative solutions to support evolving communities – and manage teams that do the same. You’ll have the technical skills and practical experience to explore opportunities in private planning firms, government and nonprofit agencies, and more. Our graduates have gone on to work in large metropolitan areas and rural communities across the country, including Texas, Tennessee, and Montana. Regardless of where you go, you’ll be prepared to take on the unique challenges facing your community.

Applications for the fall semester should be submitted by June 1 and by November 1 for spring admission. There is no GRE requirement for this program.

University of Central Florida

College of Community Innovation and Education

School of Public Administration

4364 Scorpius Street

Orlando, FL 32816-1395


Planning Accreditation Board