Master's in Urban & Regional Planning


While the SCS campus remains closed, on-campus classes will continue to be held remotely. These courses usually run during their regularly scheduled time and are held in synchronous sessions conducted via Zoom. Students should work with their academic advisors to develop course schedules that meet their academic and personal needs.

To earn an MPS in Urban & Regional Planning, you must successfully complete 14 courses (42 credits total), including:

  • 2 core courses (6 credits total):
    • Ethics in Planning Practice
    • Capstone
  • 5 foundation courses (15 credits total):
    • Research Methods
    • Urban Economics
    • Urban Sustainability
    • Legal Foundations
    • Urban Planning History and Theory
  • 4 concentration courses (12 credits total):
    • See concentration list below
  • 3 elective courses (9 credits total):

Software Requirement

Our program integrates geo-spatial analysis into all facets of the curriculum. Students are required to own a laptop or desktop computer that can run ESRI Geographic Information System (ARC-GIS) software. The software is provided free of charge to students for the duration of their time in the program.


The Urban & Regional Planning program offers three concentrations that enable you to tailor your studies and sharpen your expertise in a particular area of study:

  • Urban Design & Land Use: Explore the design and regulation of the physical built environment.
  • Housing, Community, & Economic Development: Understand how to manage the socioeconomic performance of communities.
  • International Development: Examine rapid urbanization in jurisdictions outside of the U.S. legal system.

The Master's in Urban & Regional Planning program is a member of the Association of Collegiate Schools of Planning (ACSP). The program has been developed on the basis of the curricular standards established by the Planning Accreditation Board (PAB).

Program Format

The program is offered in the on-campus format. Classes are held at the same times every week at our state-of-the-art downtown D.C. campus

You’ll have the flexibility to earn your degree at a pace that suits your schedule and career path. You can take up to 12 credits per semester and complete the degree in as little as 15 months, or you can take one course per semester and complete it in five years.

  • Full-time students typically take three courses during the fall and spring semesters, and two courses during the summer semester.
  • Part-time students typically take one to two courses during the fall, spring, and summer semesters.


All programs offered by Georgetown University are accredited by the Middle States Commission on Higher Education.