Oct 17, 2021  
2021-2022 Graduate Catalog [Current Academic Year] 
    
2021-2022 Graduate Catalog [Current Academic Year]

Urban and Regional Planning [M.S.]


The Master of Science in Urban and Regional Planning prepares students to work in a city and regional planning agency, and private consulting firms, where they will be highly desired because of this degree’s emphasis on skills in land use, environmental planning, and Geographic Information Systems (GIS). Program Website

Program Admission


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Admission Requirements

Minimum Graduate School Requirements

A four-year baccalaureate degree from a regionally accredited U.S. institution or an equivalent degree from a non-U.S. institution. In addition, a minimum cumulative undergraduate grade point average of 2.7 on a 4.0 scale, or 3.0 in the last half of the undergraduate program, is required for full admission. Applicants who do not meet minimum admission requirements may be considered for conditional admission. See International Admissions for international applicant requirements.

Applicants must also meet the following program requirements:

  • A minimum 2.75 GPA from a regionally accredited undergraduate institution.
  • A minimum of two letters of recommendation, preferably one from a professor in the student’s major/minor field of study and one from an employer. If the student does not have related work experience, two letters from faculty members in the student’s major or minor field of study will be required.

Department Information


Geography & Geology | Christine Clark, Ph.D., Department Head | 140D Strong Hall, 734.487.8489, cclark7@emich.edu

Advisor Information


Heather Khan-Welsh, Ph.D., 140E Strong Hall, 734.487.8021, hkhan3@emich.edu

Michael R.J. Koscielniak, Ph.D. 140FF Strong Hall, 734.487.4818, r.j.koscielniak@emich.edu

Degree Requirements: 36 hours


The M.S. in Urban and Regional Planning requires 36 credit hours of course work distributed among required, elective, and thesis or internship courses, as follows.

Required Courses: 32-34 hours