Urban Studies and Planning, Master | University of Maryland | College Park, United States
24 months
1706 USD/credit 40944 USD/year
1706 USD/credit 40944 USD/year
768 USD/credit 18432 USD/year
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The Urban Studies and Planning Program from University of Maryland brings together an active community of scholars and students to creatively confront the issues facing our cities and metropolitan regions. Through instruction, participation in research, and community interaction, students explore the changing character and critical problems of modern urban development.


Key facts

  • The curriculum of the Urban Studies and Planning Program from University of Maryland emphasizes student understanding of the political, economic, institutional, and social context within which planners work with a diverse range of stakeholders to develop and implement plans, policies, and programs. Specializations include housing and economic development, land use, growth management and environmental planning, transportation planning, and social planning. These areas reflect our faculty members, who are nationally and internationally respected in their fields.
  •  Our graduate students come from an array of undergraduate disciplines, including the social sciences, arts and humanities, and the physical sciences. Despite our different backgrounds, we share a commitment to analyze and address -- with creativity and rigor -- major issues facing metropolitan areas inside and outside the U.S. Our 48-credit hour curriculum can be completed in two years by full-time students, but we also have many students who work full-time in the Washington-Baltimore region and complete their degrees as part-time students. Our program is housed in the School of Architecture, Planning and Preservation, which also supports graduate programs in Historic Preservation, Architecture, and Real Estate Development, as well as a Ph.D. program in Urban and Regional Planning and Design. 

Programme Structure

Courses include:

  • Research Design and Application
  • Land Use Planning: Concepts and Techniques
  • Planning History and Theory
  • Human Behavior and the Physical Environments
  • Urban and Regional Planning in Developing Countries
  • Real Estate Development for Planners
  • Politics and Planning
  • Social Planning
  • Field Instruction

Key information


  • Full-time
    • 24 months

Start dates & application deadlines


48 SCH


On Campus

Academic requirements

GPA admission requirements GPA
GRE admission requirements GRE®

Other requirements

General requirements

  • Statement of Purpose - specific to interest in dual degree
  • Graduate Record Examination (GRE), Graduate Management Admission Test (GMAT, or Law School Admissions Test (LSAT)
  • Transcript(s)
  • Letters of Recommendation (3)
  • CV/Resume
  • TOEFL/IELTS/PTE (international applicants only)

Tuition Fee

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  • International

    40944 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 1706 USD per credit during 24 months.
  • National

    40944 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 1706 USD per credit during 24 months.
  • In-State

    18432 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 768 USD per credit during 24 months.

Living costs for College Park

1676 - 2838 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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