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Bioregional Planning and Community Design, M.Sc.

  • Application Deadline
  • 24 months
    Duration
University rank #501 (WUR) Online
This interdisciplinary program prepares leaders and advances new knowledge to help communities create community-based plans, programs and policies that sustain and enhance cultures, resource bases, the built environment and economic health.

About

As a student in this program, you will work with professors and community leaders to help real Idaho communities overcome development and planning challenges to fulfill visions for sustainable growth. You will develop solid research and problem-solving skills, as well as the ability to implement systematic conservation planning and management strategies to positively shape communities for generations to come.

Administered through the College of Art and Architecture, Bioregional Planning and Community Design at the U of I is an innovative interdisciplinary Master of Science (MS) program comprised of faculty from 8 colleges and 10 different departments; with the option of a joint degree from the College of Law. 

The program’s mission is to prepare future public leaders and professionals through transformative learning, create and disseminate significant planning scholarship, and assist communities and organizations in planning for sustainable development. Emphasis is placed on sustaining quality-of-life and balancing change and tradition within and across bioregions. Students, faculty and staff work with communities to provide understanding and create community-based plans, programs and policies that sustain and enhance community and landscape resilience.

Programme Structure

Courses include:

  • Sustainable Communities 
  • Introduction to Bioregional Planning 
  • Bioregional Planning Methods 
  • Bioregional Planning Studio 
  • Local and Regional Comprehensive Planning 
  • Public Planning Theory and Process 
  • Internship 

Detailed Programme Facts

  • Programme intensity Full-time
    • Full-time duration 24 months
  • Credits
    43 alternative credits
  • Languages
    • English
  • Delivery mode
    Online

English Language Requirements

You only need to take one of these language tests:

  • Minimum required score:

    70

    The TOEFL iBT ® measures your English-language abilities in an academic setting. The test has four sections (reading, listening, speaking, and writing), each with a score range of 0-30, for a total score range of 0-120. Read more about TOEFL iBT ®.

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  • Minimum required score:

    525

    The TOEFL®PBT is administered in a paper format and measures your ability to use and understand English in a classroom setting at the college or university level. It accurately measures how well you can listen, read and write in English while performing academic tasks. Read more about TOEFL®PBT.

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  • Minimum required score:

    6

    The IELTS – or the International English Language Test System – tests your English-language abilities (writing, listening, speaking, and reading) on a scale of 1.00–9.00. The minimum IELTS score requirement refers to which Overall Band Score you received, which is your combined average score. Read more about IELTS.

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  • Minimum required score:

    48

    PTE Academic (Pearson Test of English Academic) is a language test that enables students to demonstrate their writing, listening, speaking, and reading skills when applying to study in English. Delivered and marked by computer, it reports on a scale between 10 and 90.

Academic Requirements

You need the following GPA score:

Required score: 3

Applicants for graduate programs must have the equivalent of a bachelor’s degree with a minimum GPA equivalent to 3 on a US 4.0 grading scale. Admitted applicants typically have an undergraduate GPA of or better on a 4.0 scale. No exam grade should be lower than 4.5 (European grade scale) or D (American grade scale).

Your GPA (Grade Point Average) is calculated using the grades that you received in each course, and is determined by the points assigned to each grade (e.g. for the US grading scale from A-F).

General Requirements

Admission requirements:

  • Resume/Curriculum Vitae
  • Statement of Purpose 
  • Scans of Official Transcripts 
  • Area of Emphasis Form 
  • Personal Information Form 
  • Writing Sample

Getting a Student Visa

This is an online programme. You can attend from the comfort of your chair! So you don't need a student visa!

Tuition Fee

  • International

    28290 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 14145 USD per semester and a duration of 24 months.
  • National

    10654 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 5327 USD per semester and a duration of 24 months.
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Funding

The College of Art and Architecture awards more than $42,000 in scholarships each year.

Studyportals Tip: Students can search online for independent or external scholarships that can help fund their studies. Check the scholarships to see whether you are eligible to apply. Many scholarships are either merit-based or needs-based.

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