Master’s Programs offered in the Washington, D.C. region and Blacksburg, VA

Master’s Programs offered in the Washington, D.C. region and Blacksburg, VA 2017-10-30T17:45:10+00:00

The mission of the Master of Urban and Regional Planning at Virginia Tech is to prepare students to become professional planners, who can address the economic, environmental and social consequences of growth and change, and to provide leadership in fostering a more just and sustainable world through our teaching, scholarship and service. Upon completion of our program we expect students to:

  • understand human settlements and their physical, social, economic, and environmental context; the theoretical, historical, and legal foundations of planning and contemporary planning practice; and the range of values associated with diverse communities at all scales and the ethical means of discriminating among competing goals.
  • be at the forefront of envisioning, creating and sustaining communities that are just and economically and environmentally sustainable.
  • be able to confront complex problems in a systematic and rigorous way by applying the core concepts, skills, and evidence-based techniques and strategies of planning practice, including plan creation; and be competent in generic problem solving, critical thinking, collaborative processes with diverse groups of stakeholders, quantitative and qualitative analysis, and synthesis methods, and computer applications.
  • be versed in the complexity of global changes and local planning solutions and possess solid knowledge of national and international best planning practices.
  • have the leadership, collaborative and written, visual and oral communicative skills necessary to function successfully as a planning professional.

Our two locations provide unique opportunities for planning education and research, with dynamic interactions between faculty and students.

Important Information for Applicants

The Master’s program requires applicants to submit an online application form, application fee,
official transcripts of previous academic work, personal statement, three letters of
recommendation, and resume. In addition, all applicants who did not earn an undergraduate
degree from a university in the US must submit GRE scores, and all international applicants
whose first language is not English must submit TOEFL scores (see for Graduate School requirements). Note that the Graduate School requires a minimum cumulative grade point average (GPA) for admission of 3.0 or better. Applicants with GPAs below this may be qualified depending on professional experience and other accomplishments.

The Master’s program accepts applications on a rolling basis, with the following deadlines:

Fall Admission – August 1
Spring Admission – January 1

However, note that applicants who want to be considered for financial aid MUST have their application completed by March 1 for the Fall admission, or October 1 for the Spring admission.

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