What will I learn?

Program goals

  • The Master of Urban and Regional Planning degree program advances social justice and quality of life through planning, designing and evaluating options to create, enhance and sustain the social, economic and environmental conditions that improve communities. The program maintains a culture of diversity, equity and inclusion. The goals for the program are to:
  • Prepare students to be effective practitioners in a variety of planning-related organizations, especially in mature communities and regions, with competence in the preparation, presentation and implementation of professional plans and in doing planning-related work
  • Produce scholarship that increases knowledge and understanding of sustainability and planning support systems as well as the development of innovative methodological approaches and solutions to address issues related to sustainable community development
  • Provide useful planning services to mature communities and regions, in cooperation with private and public planners, as appropriate
  • Address issues of historic and current inequity, social justice and sustainability in built environments, neighborhoods and communities

Student learning outcomes

  • Students will acquire knowledge of planning and other related fields relevant to real-world and theoretical settings.
  • Students will be able to pose and solve urban planning problems using planning skills, including:
  1. research methods,
  2. plan creation and implementation,
  3. public engagement, and
  4. effective communication and leadership.
  • Students will understand how to use the values and ethics of professional planning to inform and guide planning decisions.


  • Community Revitalization
  • Environmental Planning
  • Metropolitan Planning

Which department am I in?

L. Douglas Wilder School of Government and Public Affairs

Study options

Full Time (48 credit hours)

Tuition fees
US$25,956.00 per year

*Price shown is for indicative purposes, please check with institution

Start date

23 August 2022


L. Douglas Wilder School of Government and Public Affairs

923 West Franklin Street,



23284, United States

Entry requirements

For students from United States

Applicants must have successfully completed undergraduate training and hold a bachelor’s degree from an accredited institution reflecting ability to perform at the graduate level. Students admitted to the program are generally drawn from applicants with a minimum undergraduate GPA of 3.0 (on a 4.0 scale or equivalent).

For international students

Applicants for admission to VCU graduate programs must hold the academic equivalent of a U.S. baccalaureate degree from an accredited university. Students must have an undergraduate GPA of at least 2.7 (on a 4.0 scale).

The university minimum TOEFL score requirement is 550 (paper-based) or 80 (Internet-based). The university minimum IELTS score requirement is 6.5. The PTE is also accepted with a minimum score of 65. Deadlines: Fall - Apr 1; Spring - Oct 1.

*There may be different IELTS requirements depending on your chosen course.


About Virginia Commonwealth University

Virginia Commonwealth University is a top 100 research university and number one public postgraduate arts school in the US.

  • VCU is one of the top 3 research universities in Virginia
  • 21% growth in sponsored awards in a 10-year period
  • 1,600 international students from 108 countries
  • 173-acre campus in downtown Richmond

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