The Department of Geography offers a graduate program leading to a master of science (M.S.) degree in Land Use Planning Policy aimed at preparing students for planning research or professional practice. The Land Use Planning Policy program curriculum is multi-disciplinary, taking full advantage of a wide-range of planning and planning-related courses offered in Geography and in over 20 other disciplines campus-wide. It offers emphases in three critical sub-fields of land use planning and stresses in all areas a holistic policy approach for addressing the planning challenges of the twenty-first century.
The curriculum provides a foundation in planning tools and methods, along with a thorough analysis of contemporary planning practice including the most innovative approaches. Our graduates are prepared to perform the tasks required for entry-level planning positions, and possess a broader perspective that is critical to the advancement of their careers. In collaboration with other departments, a wide variety of specializations are possible including economic development, historic preservation, environmental planning, and others.
Applications for acceptance into the Land Use Planning Policy program must include
Complete applications received by February 1 are guaranteed consideration for the fall semester. Matriculating students who have not taken an introductory course in statistics must make up this deficiency during the first semester in residence.* In general, minimum standards for admission include a GRE score of 1,100 and an undergraduate GPA of 3.00 (on a four point scale).
Candidates for the M.S. in Land Use Planning Policy must satisfy Graduate School general requirements. Students choose between the thesis (Plan A) and non-thesis (Plan B) degree plans. No student may register for classes beyond 14 credits without filing an approved program of study.