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Environmental Planning and Design, MEPD

  • Application Deadline
  • 24 months
University rank #201 (ARWU) Athens, GA, United States
The Master of Environmental Planning and Design (MEPD) program in the College of Environment and Design at the University of Georgia is a professional graduate program with an emphasis on a studio based integrative planning process grounded in environmental and ecological principles. 


The purpose is to improve the lives of people and ecosystem health in regions and urban centers, incorporating cultural, historic and design elements, while engaging community process to identify and plan for long range city and regional future goals. A degree in the MEPD program prepares students for professional careers working in public planning agencies, private firms with city and regional planning departments as a professional planner or in non-profit agencies. 

The program in Environmental Planning and Design at the University of Georgia also offers preparation for future doctoral work in city and regional planning. We welcome students from a wide variety of undergraduate degree programs who are interested in a working with local communities, civic leaders, public agencies and design teams to engage in a democratic planning process. Situated in the College of Environment and Design, which houses well established and highly rated graduate programs in landscape architecture and historic preservation, the MEPD program offers wide ranging opportunities for collaborative efforts and program concentrations. In addition, students can take course work throughout the University of Georgia in fields such as geography, real estate, anthropology, sociology and ecology to widen their knowledge base and operate within an interdisciplinary framework.

Programme Structure

  • City and regional planners need a broad understanding in areas such as ecology, historic resources, sociology, anthropology, economics and design, as well as a skill set including information gathering, data analysis and plan making.
  • The MEPD program is a two year graduate program. The first year is focused on acquiring basic knowledge and understanding of the history, theory and practice of planning, ecology, GIS, research skills and community engagement. The studio sequence in the first year provides a workshop setting where students apply the information they are learning to a community based project.
  • In the second year, the students are involved in a third neighborhood based planning studio, as well as in shaping their master thesis or final internship practicum. 

Detailed Programme Facts

  • Programme intensity Full-time
    • Full-time duration 24 months
  • Credits
    30 alternative credits
  • Languages
    • English
  • Delivery mode
    On Campus

English Language Requirements

This programme may require students to demonstrate proficiency in English.

General Requirements

  • Admission and Application Procedures
  • Readmission Procedures
  • Deferring an Application
  • Application Fee
  • McNair Scholars Program
  • Transcripts and Academic Records
  • Entrance Test Scores
  • Letters of Recommendation
  • Non-Degree or Transient Status
  • Application Forms
  • Summary of Materials

Tuition Fee

  • International

    26616 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 13308 USD per semester and a duration of 24 months.
  • National

    26616 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 13308 USD per semester and a duration of 24 months.
  • In-State

    10460 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 5230 USD per semester and a duration of 24 months.
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Living costs for Athens

  • 720 - 1170 USD/month
    Living Costs

The living costs include the total expenses per month, covering accommodation, public transportation, utilities (electricity, internet), books and groceries.


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