Geography & Planning

MPA Urban and Regional Planning Request Information

Concentration Advisor

Dr. Dottie Ives Dewey


The Program

The MPA degree with a concentration in Urban and Regional Planning (MPA:URP) focuses on land use development and management at the local, county, and regional levels. It is an appropriate concentration for those who desire to enhance their knowledge of comprehensive planning, zoning and mapping, and demographic and environmental impacts of land development. See the Department of Geography and Planning for additional information.

The program utilizes the Geography and Planning Geographic Information Systems Lab, a state of the art GIS lab on campus. Access to all resources in the lab is provided to students. Students are encouraged to work with faculty and other students to develop skills in order to complete projects similar to the ones shown at the website for the Geography and Planning Geographic Information Systems Lab.

The Curriculum

The MPA:URP degree is comprised of six administration courses, as well as one required Urban and Regional Planning core course and five elective Regional Planning courses. Upon completion of the six Planning courses, students will earn a Certificate in Urban and Regional Planning.

Each student in this concentration, in consultation with the graduate coordinator, develops a tailored program of courses meeting the needs of the student. The individualized program will address the background and career goals of the student.

More information on Graduate Geography and Planning courses may be viewed in the Graduate Catalog.

Administrative Core (18 credits)

For administrative core course descriptions, please see MPA Core.

No comprehensive examination is required for the administrative core.  However, in lieu of an examination, each of the six administrative core courses must be completed with a grade of at least "B".

Concentration Core (18 credits)

Required (3 credits)

GEO525 Urban and Regional Planning: Theory and Practice Application of community-planning theories and methods to designated urban and regional systems.

Electives (15 credits)

Students select five courses from the list of Graduate offerings in consultation with Dr. Ives-Dewey.

Advising Sheets

Advising sheets are available online. Paper copies are available from the department secretary in Ruby Jones Hall, room 103. Advising sheets are subject to change; students should check with their advisor before registering for classes.

To Apply:

Interested persons should complete the online Graduate Studies application and submit the following materials to the Office of Graduate Studies:

  • Completed graduate application, including a statement of how the M.P.A. furthers the individual's professional goals;
  • Official academic transcript(s) from all colleges and universities attended at both the undergraduate and graduate levels;
  • Two letters of reference from current or former supervisors who can attest to the applicant's management potential;
  • Resume

Students wishing to pursue this area of study would select the MPA General program code, P526, making note of the intention to also pursue the Certificate in Urban and Regional Planning.

Normally, the application process must be completed and admission granted prior to course enrollment for the fall or spring semesters.  The deadline for applying for the fall semester is May 15 and for the spring semester, November 15.