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):

Required Software

Students are required to own a laptop or desktop computer that can run ESRI Geographic Information System (GIS) software. The software is provided free of charge to students 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 downtown D.C. campus

You’ll have the flexibility to earn your degree at a pace that suits your schedule—you can take up to 9 credits per semester and have up to five years to complete the degree.

  • 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.