Urban Planning (BSP)
Accelerated Program

Urban planning is shaping the way our cities, states and communities operate, how people navigate the globe, and how cities are planned for success. Urban planners guide communities in making wise decisions about their use of land and resources. The BSP program in urban planning provides students with expertise in both the analysis and the synthesis of the physical, social, political and economic issues that shape urban and regional development. Planning includes:

  • computer and research methods
  • environmental impact assessment
  • geographic information systems
  • housing
  • landscape architecture and urban design
  • planning and zoning law
  • public policy formulation and administration
  • transportation
  • urban and development economics
  • utilities

 

Students take courses that include:

  • comprehensive planning
  • computer and analytical methods
  • planning law
  • public policy formulation and administration
  • site planning
  • socioeconomic and environmental analyses
  • urban design

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Accelerated BSP/MUEP degree (4 + 1)

This program allows qualified students who are finishing their Bachelor of Science in Planning degree to be enrolled simultaneously in the Master of Urban and Environmental Planning degree program. Students accepted to this program can complete both degrees in 5 years.  Students who are eligible will be advised in their junior and senior years by their academic department to apply.  More information.

 

Career Opportunities

Graduates in urban planning pursue career opportunities with private planning firms and governmental planning agencies (mainly at the city level, but also with county, state and federal entities). Some planners elect to pursue graduate degrees to develop specialty skills and to enhance their opportunities for career advancement. The urban planning degree, especially when combined with a focus on geographic information science, gives graduates an advantage in careers that combine urban planning with GIS and in other jobs dealing with urban issues.

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Offered Online

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Course Information 

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Urban planning is shaping the way our cities, states and communities operate, how people navigate the globe, and how cities are planned for success. Urban planners guide communities in making wise decisions about their use of land and resources. The BSP program in urban planning provides students with expertise in both the analysis and the synthesis of the physical, social, political and economic issues that shape urban and regional development. Planning includes:

  • computer and research methods
  • environmental impact assessment
  • geographic information systems
  • housing
  • landscape architecture and urban design
  • planning and zoning law
  • public policy formulation and administration
  • transportation
  • urban and development economics
  • utilities

Students take courses that include:

  • comprehensive planning
  • computer and analytical methods
  • planning law
  • public policy formulation and administration
  • site planning
  • socioeconomic and environmental analyses
  • urban design

Degree Offered

Urban Planning (BSP)
Liberal Arts & Sciences, College of

Location
Tempe, Online

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Application Requirements

All students are required to meet general university admission requirements.
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Transfer
International
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Financial Aid
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Career Outlook

Graduates in urban planning pursue career opportunities with private planning firms and governmental planning agencies, mainly at the city level, but also with county, state and federal entities. Some planners elect to pursue graduate degrees to develop specialty skills and to enhance their opportunities for career advancement.The urban planning degree, especially when combined with a focus on geographic information science, gives graduates an advantage in careers that combine urban planning with GIS and in other jobs dealing with urban issues, including:

  • comprehensive and long-range planning
  • economic development planning
  • housing issues
  • planning law
  • public participation in the planning process
  • socioeconomic and environmental analyses
  • sustainable planning
  • transportation

Example Careers

Students who complete this degree program may be prepared for the following careers. Advanced degrees or certifications may be required for academic or clinical positions. Career examples include but are not limited to:


Career*growth*median salary
Architecture Teachers, Postsecondary 10.6%$80,050
Cartographers and Photogrammetrists 19.4%$63,990
Property, Real Estate, and Community Association Managers 10.3%$58,670
Compliance Managers 8%$105,610
Architectural and Engineering Managers 5.5%$137,720
Farm and Home Management Advisors 7.5%$49,510
Range Managers6.3%$61,480
Forestry and Conservation Science Teachers, Postsecondary7.8%$87,420
Geographers6.7%$76,860
Geography Teachers, Postsecondary8.4%$78,040
Investment Fund Managers8%$105,610
Landscape Architects 6.4%$65,760
Lawyers8.2%$119,250
Park Naturalists6.3%$61,480
Appraisers, Real Estate 14.4%$54,010
Assessors 14.4%$54,010
Real Estate Brokers4.9%$56,730
Regulatory Affairs Managers 8%$105,610
Social Sciences Teachers, Postsecondary, All Other 10%$64,480
Sociologists1.3%$79,650
Soil and Water Conservationists 6.3%$61,480
Supply Chain Managers 8%$105,610
Transportation Managers 6.7%$92,460
Urban and Regional Planners 12.8%$71,490
Storage and Distribution Managers 6.7%$92,460
Wind Energy Project Managers 8%$105,610

* Data obtained from the Occupational Information Network (O*NET) under sponsorship of the U.S. Department of Labor/Employment and Training Administration (USDOL/ETA).

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