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M.S. in Urban and Regional Planning

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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.

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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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