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Why Pursue an MS in Urban Planning?

The Klesse College of Engineering and Integrated Design’s downtown location in San Antonio is composed of several historic layers from the 17th century to the present, making the program a perfect laboratory for the in-depth exploration of creativity, professions, and research.

This degree is in collaboration with the Department of Public Administration in the College for Health, Community and Policy. The program offers two specializations – Urban Policy, and Urban Design – though students may graduate as generalist planners with no prescribed specialization. The program’s primary focus is to prepare students to become practitioners in the planning profession and takes an interdisciplinary perspective on understanding modern urban challenges.

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Admission & Application Requirements

Applications are submitted through the UTSA Graduate Application. Please upload all required documents (listed below) on your UTSA Graduate Application. It is the applicant’s responsibility to ensure completion and submission of the application, a nonrefundable application fee, and all required supporting documents are on file with UTSA by the appropriate application deadline.

Urban & Regional Planning (MS)
  Required Degree Bachelor's Degree from a regionally accredited college or university in the United States or have proof of equivalent training at a foreign institution
  Minimum GPA 3.0 (on a 4.0 scale) departments may consider GPA of last 60 semester credit hours
  Coursework 18 credit hours in an area related to this graduate degree and at least 12 hours must be at the upper-division level
  Transcripts* Required from all institutions attended; international transcripts must be recorded/translated to English
  Credential Evaluation Required if you have earned university-level credit from foreign institutions, submit an evaluation of your transcripts from Educational Credential Evaluators (ECE) directly from the graduate admission application platform
  GRE Required if undergraduate GPA is below 3.00 out of 4.00; scores not older than five years
  TOEFL/IELTS Score 550 TOEFL Paper / 79 TOEFL Internet / 6.5 IELTS scores for International applicants (exempt countries)
  Purpose Statement Required 750-900 words describing research interest and why you're applying
  Letters of Recommendation 2 letters demonstrating your academic and personal attributes for success in this program (you will request these through the Graduate Admissions Application; let your recommenders know of your deadline to ensure submissions are on time)
*Unofficial transcripts will be taken into consideration for admissions; however if admitted into the program, you must submit official transcripts to the University.
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Admission Deadlines

Applicants are encouraged to have their admission file completed as early as possible. All applications, required documents and letters of recommendation if applicable must be submitted by 5:00 PM U.S. Central Time on the day of the deadline. Deadlines are subject to change.

Urban & Regional Planning (MS)
Completed applications will be reviewed for admission on rolling basis. Decisions generally will be made and sent to applicants within 4 to 6 weeks of receiving the application.
  Fall Spring Summer
Priority January 15 Not Available Not Available
International June 1 November 1 April 1
Domestic July 1 November 1 April 1

Funding Opportunities

The Klesse College of Engineering and Integrated Design offers opportunities for competitive recruitment scholarships, for qualified applicants, which allow out-of-state and international applicants to pay tuition at the in-state rates. All applicants to the department’s graduate programs are automatically considered for these scholarships. The Klesse College of Engineering and Integrated Design also has an annual scholarship program for existing students, which includes college scholarships as well as scholarships offered by institutions and foundations such as the Texas Architectural Foundation (TAF). Applications for these scholarships are solicited in the spring semester for the following academic year.

Career Options

UTSA prepares you for future careers that are in demand. The possible careers below is data pulled by a third-party tool called Emsi, which pulls information from sources like the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, U.S. Census Bureau, online job postings, other government databases and more to give you regional and national career outlook related to this academic program.


Program classes are offered at the Downtown Campus.

The School of Architecture and Planning also offers a certificate program in Urban & Regional Planning. Interested individuals should contact the Urban & Regional Planning Certificate Program Coordinator within the Klesse College of Engineering and Integrated Design. To learn more, visit the Graduate Catalog using the link below.

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Graduate Advisor of Record

Greg Griffin, PhD

210-458-3017

greg.griffin@utsa.edu