Graduate Degree

International Planning Studies

International Planning Studies
Plan Code:
Program Level:
Award Type:
Master of Intl Planning Stdies
College of Social Science
School of Planning, Design and Construction CSS

Excerpt from the official Academic Programs Catalog:

Listed below are the approved requirements for the program from the official Academic Programs Catalog.
Students must consult their advisors to learn which specific requirements apply to their degree programs.

College of Social Science

School of Planning, Design and Construction

Graduate Study
International Planning Studies

The Master of International Planning Studies (MIPS) is an online one-year (2 semesters and one summer) program that is designed for practitioners currently employed in urban and regional planning or related fields who desire additional knowledge in the field of community and regional development.  Prospective students must have direct experience in the international aspects of planning or related fields that directly relate to their proposed area of concentration.


Applications for admission must hold an advanced degree or have significant experience in international planning, and seek knowledge about urban and regional conditions and related areas such as real estate, economic development, environmental protection and international planning. Applicants must demonstrate that the degree will strengthen their career credentials and make them more competitive in the applicant’s chosen international planning profession. Prospective students are assumed to have a basic knowledge of planning concepts.

Requirements for the Master of International Planning Studies Degree

The program is available only online under Plan B (without thesis). The student must complete at least 30 credits as specified below.

The student must:

1. Complete the following core courses (10 credits):
UP 801 Planning History and Theory 3
UP 854 Economics of Planning and Development 3
UP 884 Community Engagement: Charrette Systems 4
2. Complete one of the following courses (5 credits):
UP 890 Independent Study 5
UP 893 Internship in Urban Planning 5
3. Complete a minimum of 15 elective credits approved by the student’s academic advisor. The electives are tailored to each student's needs and include environment and sustainability, transportation and technology, environmental planning, housing and real estate, with a focus on international content.
4. Complete a final evaluation.