The Master of Science in urban planning and development from Saint Louis University's
Center for Sustainability provides you with in-depth knowledge of urban planning and
development theory, research methods, policies and practice.
About the Program
SLU’s interdisciplinary urban planning program operates in conjunction with Saint
Louis University's John Cook School of Business, School of Law and School of Social
Work to offer four areas of specialization:
Real estate development
Intimate classes emphasize skill building, discussion and debate. The curriculum's
professional focus allows you to develop the knowledge and skills you need to become
a leader in supporting urban growth and revitalization.
Faculty and students in SLU’s urban planning and development program have been involved
in almost $2 million in funded research, including projects for the U.S. Department
of Housing and Urban Development, U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, Great Rivers
Greenway, East-West Gateway Council of Governments, Missouri Growth Association, and
various other regional, state and local entities.
SLU’s Master of Science in urban planning and development is the only degree of its
kind in Missouri and one of only two at a Jesuit university. Students can pursue the
48-credit-hour degree program on a full- or part-time basis. Students who attend full
time, including the summer session, can complete the degree in two years. Those who
attend part time, with a minimum participation of six credit hours per semester, can
complete the degree in three and a half years.
The Center of Sustainability and its faculty provide a network of alumni to help students
obtain internships and develop their careers.
Graduates of our urban planning and development program work across the public, private
and nonprofit sectors holding jobs with state, regional and municipal governments,
planning consulting firms, real estate development companies, community development
corporations and economic development organizations, to name a few. Our students also
have been entrepreneurs, building non-profit organizations and development companies.
A few of the organizations where our alumni find jobs include:
Graduate assistantships are available on a competitive basis and include tuition scholarships
of nine credit hours per semester during the nine-month academic year. Recipients
also receive a stipend and health insurance. Graduate assistants spend no more than
20 hours per week working for the University.
Students can also apply for fellowships and other financial assistance packages.
INTO SLU offers the Pathway Program for international students who are interested this course but do not meet the direct
entry requirements. Visit intostudy.com/slu/programs for more information.
Assistantship and Application Deadlines
Students who want to be considered for an assistantship must submit their application
by Dec. 31, the priority deadline for admission. The final deadline for U.S. students
is July 1. International students should apply by May 1.
Applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis as received, beginning Aug. 1 and
continuing until the July 1 general application deadline.