Bioregional Planning and Community Design

University of Idaho

M.Sc. Online
24 months
28290 USD/year
10654 USD/year
Tuition fee
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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.

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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 

Key information


  • Full-time
    • 24 months

Start dates & application deadlines


IELTS or TOEFL needed


43 alternative credits



Academic requirements

GPA admission requirements GPA Your GPA, or Grade Point Average, is a number that indicates how well or how high you scored in your courses on average. Usually a GPA scales between 1.0 and 4.0, however different countries and universities can have different grading systems.
3 (required)
GMAT admission requirements GMAT The Graduate Management Admission Test (GMAT) is a test intended to assess certain analytical, writing, quantitative, verbal, and reading skills in written English for use in admission to a graduate management program, such as an MBA. GMAT contains 4 sections - Analytical Writing Assessment, Integrated Reasoning, Quantitative and Verbal. The score has a range from 200 - 800.

English requirements

IELTS admission requirements IELTS The International English Language Test System (IELTS) tests your English-language proficiency on a scale of 1 – 9. The score refers to the combined average score of 4 subjects (writing, listening, speaking, and reading).
6 (required)
TOEFL admission requirements TOEFL® IBT The TOEFL iBT® is given online through the internet at desiganated testing site. The test measures your English-language abilities in an academic setting. The score refers to the total score of 4 subjects (writing, listening, speaking, and reading), each subject has a range of 0 - 30.
70 (required)
PTE Academic admission requirements PTE Academic 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. The score refers to a total score which ranges between 10 and 90.
48 (required)

Other requirements

General requirements

Admission requirements:

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

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.


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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Bioregional Planning and Community Design
University of Idaho