M.S. in Urban and Regional Planning

M.S. in Urban and Regional Planning

Master of Science in Urban and Regional Planning

As we move to an era of decreased reliance on fossil fuels and rapidly diminished available land for development, efficiency in the use of the remaining land and in the sustainability of every dimension of our lifestyles will become ever more critical. In this environment, wise planning will become increasingly necessary. Planners are in demand to fill positions in consulting, industry, government, and non-profit organizations. A masters degree in Urban & Regional Planning is recognized as the terminal degree for this profession, but currently there is only one accredited planning program in our state. This proposed program will focus on all planning fields commonly practiced in southern New Jersey, but at the same time highlight the global significance as they are related to climate change, environmental degradation, sustainability, resiliency, and diversity. This proposed program will accommodate the needs of full-time professionals through a combination of evening and online courses.

Planning is a multidisciplinary field, so the MS program will accept students with undergraduate degrees from both science and liberal arts backgrounds. The MS program is being developed in such a way that graduates become skilled practitioners and are qualified to work within government, private, or nonprofit sectors. Students interested in advanced studies (e.g., PhD programs in other institutions) will have the opportunity to work on research projects under the supervision of faculty members.



The M.S. in Urban and Regional Planning is a full-time or part-time program offered in a face-to-face format on our Glassboro, NJ campus. It requires the completion of 46 graduate semester hours (14 courses), which are possible to complete in 3 to 4 consecutive semesters.


  • 14 Courses / 46 Semester Hours
  • Foundation Courses: No
  • Graduation / Exit / Thesis Requirements URL: Yes
Course Number
S.H. (Credits)
Required Courses: 30 S.H.
PLAN 31580 Introduction to Planning: Past, Present, and Future 3
PLAN 31686 Community Planning and Site Design 3
PLAN 31590 Research Methods in Planning 3
PLAN 31589 Environmental and Sustainability Planning 3
PLAN 31685 Planning, Practice, Law, and Ethics 3
GEOG 31660 Fundamentals of Geographic Information Systems 4
PLAN 31593 Planning Communication 3
GEOG 1661 Geovisualization 3
PLAN 31895 Planning Studio 6
Elective Courses: 15 S.H.
Total Program Semester Hours: 46

Admissions Requirements

The following is a list of items required to begin the application process for the program. There may be additional action or materials required for admission to the program. Upon receipt of the materials below a representative from the Rowan Global Admissions Processing Office will contact you with confirmation or indicating any missing items.

  • $65 (U.S.) non-refundable application fee

  • Bachelor’s degree (or its equivalent) from an accredited institution of higher learning

  • Official transcripts from all colleges attended (regardless of number of credits earned)

  • Current professional resume

  • Typewritten statement of professional objectives

  • Two letters of recommendation

  • Minimum undergraduate cumulative GPA of 3.0 (on a 4.0 scale)


Start Dates & Application Deadlines

The chart below details available entry terms for the M.S. in Urban and Regional Planning program as well as corresponding application deadlines. Submitting the Application Form is only the first step to beginning the admission process. All of the required materials listed above must be received on or before the application completion deadline for your desired entry term to be considered for admission to that term. We encourage you to complete the application form and begin submitting your materials at least one month before the deadline indicated.

Entry Term Start Date Application Deadline
Fall September 1 July 1
Spring January 19 November 1
Summer May 18 April 1