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Urban Planning and Community Development, M.Sc.

  • Application Deadline
  • 24 months
    Duration
University rank #571 (QS) , MA,
The Urban Planning and Community Development (UPCD) MS degree program focuses on the multi-dimensional and interrelated issues facing the metropolitan areas of the commonwealth as well as the increasingly urbanized areas of the nation and the world.

About

The Urban Planning and Community Development program brings together the expertise of faculty from several colleges within the university and builds upon decades of research and community engagement by the university’s institutes and centers, which collectively focus on the metropolitan area’s diverse population, governance, and its built and natural environments. In addition, the program takes advantage of partnerships with community-based organizations to promote economic development, affordable housing, and small business development, with a deliberate agenda to address social and environmental inequity and serve the needs and interests of underrepresented communities.

Students will gain an understanding of human settlements drawing from concepts and theories from social and environmental sciences; the spatial structure of urban and regional systems; economics of development; the legal framework of constitutional principles and rights; state and municipal law and regulations; the institutions and political processes associated with plans and planning; infrastructure; and public finance.

Students will be exposed to the tools for implementation of planning as well as the skills to:

  • research, analyze and solve planning problems
  • engage stakeholders
  • manage the process of public participation

Programme Structure

Courses include:History and Theory of Urban PlanningThe City in HistoryPolitical EconomyAnalytic Skills for Urban Planning Community Development I: StatisticsAnalytic Skills for Urban Planning and Community Development II: Research MethodsIntroduction to GISUrban Information and Institutional SystemsLand Use ControlsLaw, Ethics and Practice in Urban PlanningPlanning Studio

Audience

The graduate degree in urban planning and community development is open to those with baccalaureate degrees in a wide range of fields, e.g., environmental sciences, political science, sociology, economics, public policy, architecture, and management. The program is structured to be convenient to working professionals.

Detailed Programme Facts

  • Programme intensity

    You can choose to do this programme part-time or full-time.

    Full-time
    • Full-time duration 24 months
    Part-time
  • Credits
    48 alternative credits
  • Languages
    • English
  • Delivery mode
    On Campus

English Language Requirements

  • Minimum required score:

    6

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  • Minimum required score:

    79

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  • Minimum required score:

    550

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General Requirements

To apply for admission to graduate study at UMass Boston, you must hold a bachelor’s degree from a regionally accredited U.S. institution of recognized standing, or an international equivalent.

Tuition Fee

  • International

    31425 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 31425 USD per year and a duration of 24 months.
  • National

    16115 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 16115 USD per year and a duration of 24 months.
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Living costs for Boston

  • 1560 - 3240 USD/month
    Living Costs

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