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Urban Development Department of Architecture

Urban Development

Good plans Department of Architecture

Good plans

shape good decisions. That’s why good planning helps to make elusive dreams come true.


— Lester Robert Tittel

Courses

M.S. in Urban and Regional Planning: Degree Requirements

The minimum number of semester credit hours required for the Master of Science degree in Urban and Regional Planning, exclusive of coursework or other study required to remove deficiencies is 48. Students may pursue a thesis or nonthesis option.

Degree candidates must complete 48 semester credit hours of coursework consisting of the following requirements:

A.  27 semester credit hours of the following required courses:

1.  18 semester credit hours of planning courses in the College of Architecture:

URP   5323   Community Planning and Design
URP   5333   Introduction to Urban and Regional Planning
URP   5343   History and Theory of Urban and Regional Planning
URP   5363   Urban Planning Methods I
URP   5393   Urban Planning Methods II
URP   5453   Urban and Regional Sustainability

2.  9 semester credit hours of public administration courses in the College of Public Policy:

PAD   5103   Planning and Land Use Law
PAD   5473   Land Use Policy
PAD   5513   Urban and Regional Economic Development

B.  15 semester credit hours of electives, chosen in consultation with and approved by the Urban and Regional Planning Graduate Advisor of Record to meet degree candidates’ individual needs. Students can select an area of specialization or take courses from a variety of areas that pertain to urban and regional planning. Electives may also be taken in other graduate programs with approval of the Graduate Advisor. The specialization areas include: historic preservation; housing and sustainable community development; environmental, transportation, and infrastructure planning; and urban policy and management.

To satisfy the major area coursework for the historic preservation specialization, a student must complete 9 semester credit hours of specialized electives:

ARC  5203  History and Theory of Preservation
ARC  5423  Legal and Economic Aspects of Preservation
ARC  6423  Architectural Conservation Theory

To satisfy the major area coursework for the housing and sustainable community development specialization, a student must complete 9 semester credit hours from the following specialized electives:

URP  5313  Housing Design and Neighborhood Planning
URP  5373  Planning and Design of Suburbs
URP  5383  Planning and Housing for Rural Communities
URP  5443  Community Development

To satisfy the major area coursework for the environmental, transportation, and infrastructure planning specialization, a student must complete 9 semester credit hours from the following public administration courses from the Department of Public Administration in the College of Public Policy:

URP  5353  Structure and Function of Cities and Regions
URP  5433  Transportation Planning
URP  5463  Environmental Planning and Assessment
URP  5473  Introduction to Health Planning

To satisfy the major area coursework for the urban policy and management specialization, a student must complete 9 semester credit hours from the following public administration courses from the Department of Public Administration in the College of Public Policy:

PAD  5003  Introduction to Public Service Leadership and Management
PAD  5313  Public Policy Analysis
PAD  5323  Public Policy Process
PAD  5343  Human Resource Management in Public Sector

C.  6 semester credit hours of the following “capstone” coursework consisting of either the Thesis or Nonthesis Option described below.

Thesis Option Requirements: All candidates for the Master of Science degree in Urban and Regional Planning with thesis option must complete 6 semester credit hours of URP 6983 Master’s Thesis (includes thesis defense/seminar presentation).

Nonthesis Option Requirements: All candidates for the Master of Science degree in Urban and Regional Planning with a nonthesis option must complete 6 semester credit hours consisting of URP 6943 Professional Internship and URP 6933 Planning Professional Report.

Degree candidates in the thesis and nonthesis option are required to pass a written comprehensive examination, and enroll in URP 6961 Comprehensive Examination if no other courses are being taken that term.

 

Graduate Certificate in Urban and Regional Planning: Degree Requirements

The purpose of the professional certificate in Urban and Regional Planning is to provide students with an introductory understanding of the historical, social, international, and physical context of comprehensive land use planning and sustainable urbanism.

The Certificate in Urban and Regional Planning is a 15-semester-credit-hour program. Degree-seeking special graduate or non-degree-seeking students from any discipline at UTSA are allowed to complete the Certificate in Urban and Regional Planning (URP) program. Students will be advised by the URP Certificate Program Coordinator/Advisor. Interested individuals should contact the Urban and Regional Planning Certificate Program Coordinator within the College of Architecture.

Certificate in Urban and Regional Planning Admission Requirements. New and existing graduate students in “good standing” shall declare the intent to seek the Certificate by requesting permission to enter and complete the program. Students not currently enrolled in a graduate program may apply according to UTSA admission requirements for certificate programs (see Chapter 3, Certificate Programs, in the 2013-2015 Graduate Catalog). The Certificate Program Coordinator may determine that a student requires prerequisite background courses to adequately prepare for the courses of the Graduate Certificate Program.

Certificate in Urban and Regional Planning Requirements. The Urban and Regional Planning Certificate curriculum consists of 9 semester credit hours of required planning courses and 6 elective hours. Courses taken for the Graduate Certificate in Urban and Regional Planning can be applied toward the Master of Science in Urban and Regional Planning, Master of Architecture, and Master of Science in Architecture degrees. Students will be advised by the Urban and Regional Planning Certificate Program Coordinator/Advisor.

A.  9 semester credit hours of the following required courses:

URP  5323  Community Planning and Design
URP  5333  Introduction to Urban and Regional Planning
URP  5343  History and Theory of Urban and Regional Planning

B.  6 semester credit hours of graduate elective courses approved by the Urban and Regional Planning Graduate Advisor