Academic Programs Catalog

College of Social Science

School of Planning, Design and Construction

Graduate Study
International Planning Studies

The Master of International Planning Studies (MIPS) is a 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 under Plan B (without thesis) only. The student must complete at least 30 credits as specified below.

The student must:

  1. Complete the following core courses (12 credits):
    UP    801    Concepts and Issues in Planning and Development  (4)
    UP    844    Decision Theory for Urban Planning and Development  (4)
    UP    894    Planning Practicum  (4)
  2. Complete one of the following courses (3 credits):
    UP    890 Independent Study  (3)
    UP    893    Internship in Urban Planning  (3)
  3. Complete one additional 3 credit course at the 400-level or 800-level as approved by the student’s academic advisor.
  4. Complete a minimum of 12 credits in a concentration related to international planning studies chosen from the following fields: economic development, environmental protection, international planning, or real estate. The concentration course work must be approved by the student’s academic advisor.
  5. Successfully complete a final examination.