The Master's of Science in Planning (MSP) degree is the professional degree of most planners in the United States. The graduates of our program work in more than 40 states and about 30 foreign countries, with the largest proportion working in Florida. Click here to learn more about our program’s measures of student achievement.
MSP Program of Study
The principal aim of the MSP program is to train students for professional careers in planning, allowing them to function in both generalist and specialist roles. The MSP degree is normally obtained after two years of full time study, involving the completion of at least 48 semester hours of course work and 400 hours of work as a planning intern. Part-time students can also be accommodated. Course work is organized into the following curriculum components:
Core Curriculum (12 credit hours)
Students take courses in planning statistics, growth and development of cities, plan implementation, and planning theory and practice. Students are also required to take two semesters of our 0-credit hour professional topics speaker series course during their course of study.
Methods for Policy and Planning Decisions (6 credit hours)
Students select from courses on planning research methods, forecasting for plan development, and planning alternatives evaluation.
Collaborative and Participatory Methods (3 credit hours)
Students select from courses on dispute resolution, collaborative governance, and community involvement and citizen participation.
Specialization Courses (minimum of 9 credit hours)
Beginning in their second semester of study, students select one of the six specializations listed below as their focus of study. Dual specializations are possible.
- Environmental Planning
- Neighborhood Planning and Community Design
- Land Use and Comprehensive Planning
- Building Healthy Communities
- Planning for Developing Areas
- Transportation Planning
Advanced Studies Areas (optional)
Students have the option to also complete a sequence of advanced studies courses in real estate development and collaboration and dispute resolution as part of their graduate degree program. Click here to learn more.
Planning Internship (0 credit hours)
All students complete a 400 hour professional planning internship. The intent of the internship is to give students a unique learning opportunity, allowing them to put many of the concepts and methods learned in the classroom into practice in a realistic professional setting.
Capstone Project/Paper/Thesis (3-6 credit hours)
The capstone research project, paper, or thesis is designed to give students an opportunity to pursue a particular topic in depth and in an integrated fashion before assuming professional employment. All students are required to successfully complete and defend a group studio project, research paper, thesis, or student-initiated professional project.
Elective Courses (6-15 credit hours)
Students take additional elective courses to complete their minimum 48 credit hours of MSP study.
Typical DURP Two Year Full-Time Program
|First Fall||First Spring||Second Fall||Second Spring|
|URP 5211 Planning Statistics||Policy and Planning Decisions Methods Course I||URP 5101 Planning Theory and Practice||Specialization, Participatory Methods, or Elective|
|URP 5847 Growth and Dev. of Cities||Policy and Planning Decisions Methods Course II||URP 5125 Plan Implementation||Specialization, Participatory Methods, or Elective|
|Specialization Intro Course||Specialization, Participatory Methods, or Elective||Specialization, Participatory Methods, or Elective||Specialization or Elective|
|Specialization, Participatory Methods, or Elective||Specialization or Elective||Specialization, Capstone, or Elective||Specialization or Elective|
|URP 5930 Professional Topics||URP 5930 Professional Topics|