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M.S. in Urban and Regional Planning

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Program Information

The Rowan Experience
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Rowan University’s Master of Science Degree in Urban and Regional Planning provides students a pathway into a growing career field that enables graduates to directly impact the growth and character of communities. Planners are problem solvers who utilize a variety of skill sets to help communities—from the smallest towns and neighborhoods to the largest cities and regions—foster a future characterized by economic success, environmental sustainability and justice, aesthetic beauty and equity. Drawing from a curriculum that is aligned with national planning education standards, our students acquire core skills in environmental and sustainability planning, research and communication methods and law & justice. In addition, our students may specialize in applied Geographical Information Science (GIS), Environmental Studies, or they may curate their own specialization reflecting personal, professional interests.

Rowan University is equidistant from rural New Jersey and the urban centers of Philadelphia and Camden, locations that provide exciting experiential learning opportunities to better understand the many complex issues facing American communities. Combining theory, case studies, and applied skill building enables our students to ask the right questions, analyze problems and contribute the solutions that are needed in countless communities in the State of New Jersey and across the country.

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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 three to four consecutive semesters.

  • 14 Courses / 46 Semester Hours
  • Foundation Courses: No
  • Graduation / Exit / Thesis Requirements: Yes
Course Number Title S.H. (Credits)
Required Courses: 31 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 16661 Geovisualization 3
PLAN 31895 Planning Studio 6
Elective Courses: 15 S.H.
ENST 94503 Perspectives on Environmental Regulation, Policy, and Law 3
ENST 94502 Sustainability Assessment 3
ENST 94594 Topics in Sustainability Innovation and Problem Solving 3
ENST 94501 Sustainable Commerce 3
GEOG 16550 Selected Topics in Geography, Planning, and Sustainability 1-3
PLAN 31587 Graduate Seminar in Food Systems Planning 3
GEOG 16565 Geographic Information Systems Topics and Applications 3
GEOG 16591 Independent Study 3
CEE 08513 Environmental Management 3
SOC 08599 Urban Environmental Health 3
SOC 08600 Social Experience of City Life and Urban Inequalities 3
SE 01503 Environmental Policy 3
SE 01504 Environmental Management 3
SOC 08575 Social Determinants of Health: Theory and Intervention in Urban Settings 3
SOC 08578 Critical Race Theory: Application and Intervention 3

Note: The courses listed above are not official and are subject to change. For an official list of available courses please visit the Rowan Global section tally.

Admission Requirements
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The following is a list of items required to begin the application process for the program. There may be additional actions 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 will indicate any missing items.

  • Completed Application Form
  • $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)
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The 21st century will continue to bring new social, economic and environmental challenges to which communities will need to respond. The next generation of planners will play a critical role in response to these changes and Rowan’s program trains professionals to create resilient, place-based solutions.

Program Highlights:

  • Challenging curriculum and dedicated faculty
  • Specialized study for in-demand skills
  • Opportunities to curate personalized curricula
  • Commitment to an environmental focus
  • Client-based studio courses

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