Master On Campus

Urban and Regional Planning

Virginia Commonwealth University

12 months
25956 USD/year
25956 USD/year
12618 USD/year
Tuition fee
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The Master of Urban and Regional Planning degree program at Virginia Commonwealth University advances social justice and quality of life through planning, designing and evaluating options to create, enhance and sustain the social, economic and environmental conditions that improve communities. 


Program goals

The Urban and Regional Planning degree program at Virginia Commonwealth University maintains a culture of diversity, equity and inclusion. The goals for the program are to:

  • Prepare students to be effective practitioners in a variety of planning-related organizations, especially in mature communities and regions, with competence in the preparation, presentation and implementation of professional plans and in doing planning-related work
  • Produce scholarship that increases knowledge and understanding of sustainability and planning support systems as well as the development of innovative methodological approaches and solutions to address issues related to sustainable community development
  • Provide useful planning services to mature communities and regions, in cooperation with private and public planners, as appropriate
  • Address issues of historic and current inequity, social justice and sustainability in built environments, neighborhoods and communities

Student learning outcomes

Students will acquire knowledge of planning and other related fields relevant to real-world and theoretical settings.

Students will be able to pose and solve urban planning problems using planning skills, including: 

  • research methods,
  • plan creation and implementation,
  • public engagement, and
  • effective communication and leadership.

Students will understand how to use the values and ethics of professional planning to inform and guide planning decisions.

Programme Structure

Courses include:

  • Planning
  • Community Socioeconomic Analysis Using GIS
  • Research Methods for Government and Public Affairs
  • Planning Theory and Processes
  • Legal and Legislative Foundations of Planning
  • Development Planning
  • Capstone Proposal Development
  • Planning Studio

Key information


  • Full-time
    • 12 months

Start dates & application deadlines


48 alternative credits


On Campus

Academic requirements

GPA admission requirements GPA

Other requirements

General requirements

  • Personal statement
  • Academic documentation
  • Proof of English proficiency
  • Additional academic requirements and regulations
  • Foreign transcripts
  • Financial certification
  • Application fee

Tuition Fee

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    25956 USD/year
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  • National

    25956 USD/year
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    Based on the tuition of 25956 USD per year during 12 months.
  • In-State

    12618 USD/year
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    Based on the tuition of 12618 USD per year during 12 months.

Living costs for Richmond

1071 - 1750 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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