Urban and Regional Planning

University of Wisconsin Madison

24 months
25526 USD/year
25526 USD/year
12200 USD/year
Tuition fee
Apply date
Start date


The department's primary degree is the master of science (M.S.) in Urban and Regional Planning (URPL). This program normally requires two academic years of full-time work plus an internship. In addition to the M.S. program, the department offers a Ph.D. program. This master program in Urban And Regional Planning is offered by the University of Wisconsin Madison.


Some double-degree master's programs are offered, and provisions have been made, in all of the department's basic programs, to serve the specific needs of students from developing countries.

The master's degree in Urban and Regional Planning, offered by the University of Wisconsin Madison, is intended primarily to prepare graduates for professional positions in government, nonprofit and community organizations and the private sector. We seek to train students with the knowledge, theories, skills and abilities to be leaders in shaping communities.

Master's degree coursework consists of 45 credits distributed among core planning skills and knowledge, an area of specialization, and elective courses. Students also gain practical experience in planning and problem solving through required internships.

Learning Outcomes

  • (General Planning Knowledge) Comprehension, representation, and use of ideas and information in the planning field, including appropriate perspectives from history, social science, and the design professions.
  • (Purpose and Meaning of Planning) Appreciation of why planning is undertaken by communities, cities, regions, and nations, and the impact planning is expected to have.
  • (Planning Theory) Appreciation of the behaviors and structures available to bring about sound planning outcomes.
  • (Planning Law) Appreciation of the legal and institutional contexts within which planning occurs.
  • (Human Settlements and History of Planning) Understanding of the growth and development of places over time and across space.

Programme Structure

Courses include:

  • Planning
  • Methods of Planning Analysis
  • Planning Thought and Practice
  • Planning and the Legal System
  • Urban and Regional Planning 
  • Site Planning

Key information


  • Full-time
    • 24 months

Start dates & application deadlines




45 alternative credits


On Campus

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.
GRE admission requirements GRE® The GRE® General Test is a widely administered admissions test that measures the skills needed in today's graduate and business school programs worldwide. It contains three sections - Verbal Reasoning, Quantitative Reasoning, and Analytical Writing. Three scores are reported: a Verbal Reasoning score on a 130 - 170 score scale in one-point increments, a Quantitative Reasoning score on a 130 - 170 score scale in one-point increments, and an Analytical Writing score on a 0 - 6 score scale in half-point increments.
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

TOEFL admission requirements TOEFL® IBT The TOEFL iBT® is given online through the internet at designated 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.
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).

Other requirements

General requirements

  • Online application
  • Official transcripts of all undergraduate and graduate work
  • Statement of purpose
  • The success of international students enrolled in the program depends heavily on a good working knowledge of English. Prospective applicants who do not feel comfortable using the English language are strongly urged to consider further language study before applying for admission

Tuition Fee

  • International

    25526 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 25526 USD per year and a duration of 24 months.
  • National

    25526 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 25526 USD per year and a duration of 24 months.
  • In-State

    12200 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 12200 USD per year and a duration of 24 months.


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.

Fresh content

Updated in the last 3 months

Check the official programme website for potential updates.

Urban and Regional Planning
University of Wisconsin Madison