Master of Science in Urban and Regional Planning

Welcome to urban and regional planning at UTSA! Planning is a systematic, creative way to influence the future of neighborhoods, cities, rural and metropolitan areas, and even the country and the world. Students, faculty, and staff here are part of a top-tier, Hispanic thriving university where aspiring students from all backgrounds experience a professional planning education leading to a bold future. We leverage our location in San Antonio, the city of the future, to facilitate learning about urban and regional planning that serves communities near and far. Use this information page to review our program outcomes, and learn more about the M.S. in Urban and Regional Planning degree or Graduate Certificate, and join our impactful research and inspired teaching.

—Program Leader Dr. Greg Griffin, AICP

Explore our program below:

Urban and regional planning at UTSA prepares planners to meet known and emerging urban and regional challenges, inspired by our values of collaboration, innovation, and inclusiveness.

UTSA Urban and Regional Planning is a full member of the American Planning Association (APA), which includes free student memberships. The Urban Planning Student Association at UTSA is a registered planning student organization with APA.

The program is also a member of the Association of Collegiate Schools of Planning (ACSP), which connects educators, researchers, and students, to advance knowledge about planning education and research. View the list of member schools.


This program is preparing to seek accreditation through the Planning Accreditation Board (PAB). These measures can be compared to other PAB-accredited programs.

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Achievement Name

Student Learning Outcome

Assessment Method

Result (semester, sample size)

Student Learning Outcome 1: Planning Discipline Knowledge

Demonstrate planning discipline knowledge (such as history, legal principles, planning theory, factors and patterns of human settlement) at conceptual and application levels.

95% of students score a B or higher on the general planning essay question (Comprehensive Exam) at first attempt.

100% (Spring 2021, N=2)

Student Learning Outcome 2: Research Design

Design a research question and successfully utilize the appropriate quantitative, qualitative, or spatial analytic techniques to explain local and regional conditions to answer it in an applied and/or scholarly environment

95% of students pass with a grade of B or higher on Professional Report or Thesis on their first attempt.

100% (Fall 2021, N=3)

Student Learning Outcome 3: Communication

Communicate effectively to internal and external stakeholders, including integrating public engagement in planning processes in oral, written, and graphic forms.

95% of students score a B or higher on the internship deliverable addressing communication on the first attempt.

100% (Spring 2021, N=1)

Student Learning Outcome 4: Specialization

Apply knowledge of their chosen specialized area(s) of planning practice to regional through international planning contexts, while recognizing the interconnectedness of place and interdisciplinary nature of planning.

95% of students score a B or higher on the electives/specialization essay question (Comprehensive Exam) at their first attempt.

100% (Spring 2021, N=2)

Student Learning Outcome 5: Ethics

Apply the AICP Code of Ethics and Professional Conduct in the leadership of planning processes, and demonstrate a commitment to sustainable and socially just development.

95% of students score a B or higher on the ethics module assignment (URP 5413 Planning Practice and Ethics) on at first attempt.

100% (Spring 2020, N=19)

Students can learn more about how to succeed in the urban and regional planning program through the URP student handbook.