M.S. in Urban and Regional Planning

M.S. in Urban and Regional Planning

Master of Science in Urban and Regional Planning

Rowan University’s Department of Geography, Planning, and Sustainability is accepting applications for our new Master of Science degree in Urban and Regional Planning, starting in the fall 2020 semester. This program will accommodate the needs of full-time professionals through a combination of evening and online courses. 

What is Urban and Regional Planning?

Urban and Regional Planning (planning) is a collaborative and dynamic field that helps determine how communities will grow and adjust to change. It identifies current problems, analyzes trends, engages community members in dialogue about goals and issues and sets the framework for growth and change. Planning professionals help government officials and citizens create communities that offer better choices of where and how people work and live. A plan can be developed in a variety of forms, e.g., a community vision and goals, community action, policy recommendations, regulatory and incentive strategies, historic preservation, redevelopment, smart growth, economic development, and disaster preparedness. 

What are the job prospects, and what do planners do at work?

In the coming years, planning is projected to increase in importance in the State of New Jersey and beyond. As we move to an era of decreased reliance on fossil fuels and rapidly diminish land available for development, efficiency in use of the remaining land and in the sustainability of every dimension of our lifestyle will become ever more critical. In this environment, wise planning will be necessary. Professional planners are in demand to fill positions in consulting, industry, government, and non-profit organizations. A master’s degree in Urban and Regional Planning is recognized as the terminal degree for this profession. Our MS program will focus on all planning fields commonly practiced in southern New Jersey, but at the same time highlight globally significant content related to climate change, environmental degradation, sustainability, resiliency, and diversity.

What are the degree requirements?

This program requires the completion of 46-credit hours (14 courses), including nine required courses worth 31 credits and five elective courses worth 15 credits.  Students may undertake one of two optional specializations in fulfulling the coursework requirements for the MS degree. It is expected that the specializations will go beyond the broad foundation of the core requirements to explore more deeply the scope of the specific planning issue. Students who would like to focus, particularize, and deepen knowledge with training in job-specific skills, may specialize in (i) Geospatial and physical planning and (ii) Environmental and sustainability planning.

Where do I go for more information?

For more information on the program, please feel free to contact Dr. Kevin Keenan, AICP (keenankp@rowan.edu) or Dr. Mahbubur Meenar (meenar@rowan.edu). To apply, please visit https://admissions.rowanu.com/.

Start dates and application deadlines

Entry Term Start Date Application Deadline
Fall September 1 July 1
Spring January 21 November 1
Summer May 19 April 1