Urban and Regional Planning, M.Sc. | The University of Iowa | Iowa City, United States
12 months
29379 USD/year
30810 USD/year
11863 USD/year
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At Urban and Regional Planning from The University of Iowa is awarded by the Graduate College. The MS is offered with or without a thesis. Instruction is offered through the School of Planning and Public Affairs.


About Urban and Regional Planning at The University of Iowa

The M.S. in urban and regional planning is a two-year degree program fully accredited by the Planning Accreditation Board. It is built on the premise that planners must be educated in methods of policy analysis and that there is a common body of knowledge, represented in the core curriculum, that provides a solid foundation for all specializations in the field.

A wide range of educational backgrounds provide good preparation for graduate study in urban and regional planning. Students with undergraduate majors such as environmental policy and planning, architecture, anthropology, public policy, geographic information science, business administration, economics, engineering, communication studies, finance, geography, education, marketing, political science, sociology, history, journalism, and English currently study in the school. With an increasingly diverse student body and a low student-faculty ratio, the School of Planning and Public Affairs is committed to creating an environment that is inclusive and welcoming of all students. Approximately 20 full-time students and some part-time students are enrolled, and about 20 percent are international students.


Today's planners find themselves in demand for such diverse jobs as sustainability coordinator and planner, environmental analyst/planner, land use planner, transportation planner, community development planner, zoning coordinator, water resources planner, community organizer, economic development planner, recycling coordinator, planning director, neighborhood planner, state legislative analyst, planning consultant, and nonprofit project manager or director. 

Recent graduates have taken positions with city, metropolitan, and regional planning agencies; state and federal government; nonprofit organizations; and private consulting firms. They work in all geographic regions of the United States and in countries around the world.

Programme Structure

Courses include:

  • Analytic Methods 
  • Land Use Planning: Law and Practice
  • History and Theories of Planning
  • Economics for Policy Analysis
  • Program Seminar in Planning Practice
  • Modeling Dynamic Systems

Key information


  • Full-time
    • 12 months

Start dates & application deadlines


30 SCH


On Campus

Academic requirements

GPA admission requirements GPA
GRE admission requirements GRE®

Other requirements

General requirements

  • A U.S. bachelor’s degree from a regionally accredited college or university, or an equivalent degree from another country as determined by the Office of Admissions.
  • A minimum grade-point average (GPA) of 3.00, or the foreign equivalent as determined by the Office of Admissions.
  • You must first submit the online application to the Graduate College and pay the $60 application fee by credit card ($100 for international applicants).
  • A statement of purpose, including: your purpose in applying for graduate study and your particular area of interest; plans for your professional career; and any additional information that may aid in evaluating your preparation and aptitude for graduate study
  • Application for Graduate Awards
  • Three letters of recommendation
  • The GRE score is encouraged, but not required.

Tuition Fee

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  • International

    29379 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 29379 USD per year during 12 months.
  • National

    30810 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 30810 USD per year during 12 months.
  • In-State

    11863 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 11863 USD per year during 12 months.

Living costs for Iowa City

1187 - 1841 USD /month
Living costs

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