Urban & Regional Planning

The University of Iowa

24 months
30082 USD/year
30082 USD/year
11141 USD/year
Tuition fee
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The MA and the MS in Urban & Regional Planning Program are awarded by the Graduate College. The MA and the MS are offered with or without a thesis. The school also offers several Combined Degree Programs in Urban & Regional Planning. This master degree is offered by The University of Iowa.


The M.S. in Urban & Regional Planning Program at The University of Iowa 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, automated process control, anthropology, ethics, public policy, geographic information science, metalsmithing, literature, computer science, economics, engineering, communication studies, finance, geography, education, marketing, political science, sociology, and sustainable development currently study in the school. 

Career Development 

  • 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
    • 24 months

Start dates & application deadlines




60 alternative credits


On Campus

Academic requirements

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.

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

  • 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
  • Application for Graduate Awards
  • Three letters of recommendation
  • A set of your unofficial academic records/transcripts uploaded on your Admissions Profile
  • Your official GRE scores from Educational Testing Service 
  • International students may also be required to submit TOEFL, IELTS, or PTE scores
  • Once recommended for admission, international students must send a Financial Statement

Tuition Fee

  • International

    30082 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 30082 USD per year and a duration of 24 months.
  • National

    30082 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 30082 USD per year and a duration of 24 months.
  • In-State

    11141 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 11141 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.

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Urban & Regional Planning
The University of Iowa