Saint Louis University

M.S. in Urban Planning and Development

The Master of Science (M.S.) in Urban Planning and Development (UPD) from Saint Louis University's Center for Sustainability provides students with in-depth knowledge of urban planning and development theory, research methods, policies, and practice. Students also learn about real estate development and land transactions, which is unique to this urban planning program. Graduates are highly skilled and creative administrators who work in public, private, and nonprofit sectors.

This interdisciplinary 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, Community Development, Economic Development, and Environmental/Sustainability Planning. Intimate classes emphasize skill building, discussion, and debate. The curriculum's professional focus allows students to develop the knowledge and skills they need to become leaders in supporting urban growth and revitalization.

Faculty and students have been involved in more than $9 million of 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.

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Please note that in Fall 2015, the number of credit hours required to complete the UPD program will increase from 45 to 48, and the Master of Arts (M.A.) will be replaced with a Master of Science (M.S.). Students enrolled in the program prior to Fall 2015 will complete the 45-credit-hour M.A. Those who begin the program in Fall 2015 and later will complete the 48-credit-hour M.S. Contact us at sustainability@slu.edu with any questions about these changes.

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