Mission & Learning Goals

Mission Statement

The Georgetown University Master of Professional Studies in Urban & Regional Planning program trains visionary leaders to create livable, meaningful, and sustainable neighborhoods, cities, and regions. Housed in downtown Washington, D.C., the program prepares practitioners to advance the practice of responsible urban development in cities around the world.

Learning Goals

Upon successfully completing the MPS in Urban & Regional Planning, you will:

  • Conduct research associated with the preparation of comprehensive plans for neighborhood, urban, and regional communities
  • Synthesize competing forces of urban development through the place-based understanding of economic, social, and ecological attributes of a community
  • Establish community sustainability goals which align with state, federal, and international policies
  • Interpret the legal frameworks of local land use regulations, including municipal zoning and growth management regulations
  • Create urban development strategies which harness public finance mechanisms, public/private partnerships, and market-driven investments
  • Shape the future of the public realm through the planning of infrastructure, transportation, energy, and natural resource systems
  • Acquire the communications, mediation, and deliberation skills to engage the myriad of urban stakeholders
  • Critically reflect on the professional ethics associated with the management of urban development