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Urban Affairs and Planning

5 REASONS TO CHOOSE VIRGINIA TECH

  1. Real-life experiences with community clients (real people in real places with real problems)
  2. Work that spans the continuum from large metro to city to suburb to rural area
  3. Diverse teaching, learning, research and outreach interests represented by the faculty
  4. Opportunities for collaboration with faculty and students in related academic disciplines and an array of research and outreach centers
  5. Solid foundation in the knowledge and skills required for planning and policy


The Masters of Urban and Regional Planning program at Virginia Tech is accredited by the Planning Accredidation Board. Our mission is to prepare students to address the economic, environmental, and social consequences of growth and change and to provide leadership in fostering a more just and sustainable world.

View MURP measures of students achievement here.

Degrees & Certificates

The Bachelor of Arts in Public and Urban Affairs degree provides the planning and policy skills and insights in order to understand and affect the economic, environmental, social, and governmental consequences of urban growth and change. Graduates work in government agencies, nonprofits, and the private sector addressing complex problems in realms such as urban planning, environmental justice, economic development, food systems, and international development.
The Bachelor of Science in Environmental Policy and Planning degree provides students the opportunity to study environmental problems and their solutions from an interdisciplinary perspective involving humanities, natural and social sciences, planning, and public policy. Graduates work in government agencies, nonprofits and the private sector, focusing on planning issues and challenges that affect local, regional, national and international communities.

Graduates of the Environmental Planning and Policy degree program work in government agencies, nonprofits and the private sector, focusing on planning issues and challenges that affect local, regional, national and international communities.

The Environmental Policy and Planning Minor provides a critical interdisciplinary insight into modern environmental concerns.
A minor in Public and Urban Affairs requires completion of 18 credit hours:

UAP 1024: Public Issues in Urban Society

UAP 3014: Urban Policy and Planning

12 hours from approved list of UAP courses

The Real Estate Minor is a vital aspect of educating students for careers in real estate and in the real estate aspects of many facets of modern life. The instructional material is relevant to professionals in a wide range of real estate organizations and program graduates work in public sector agencies and in the private sector in such areas as economic development, urban planning and commercial/residential development.

More information: Real Estate Minor Application and Checklist (PDF)

The Watershed Management Minor provides an interdisciplinary and substantive understanding of watershed science, policy and decision-making. Alumni are prepared for careers in government, nonprofits and private sector organizations that focus on water resources.

For additional information, please see http://vwrrc.vt.edu/grad_programs.html

The Masters in Urban and Regional Planning degree has a dual objective of training graduates for their first planning job, and more importantly instilling conceptual and critical thinking necessary for lifelong learning and career development. Graduates are able to assume professional responsibilities in a wide variety of positions in public service or in the private sector.
MURP’s Dual Masters degrees, also known as simultaneous degrees, exist between the Master of Urban and Regional Planning and Master of Landscape Architecture, Master of Public Administration, and Master of Natural Resources degrees. Dual degrees provide students with the opportunity to master core material in more than one field, allowing them to acquire the flexibility to engage in a wide range of activities within multiple fields and become bridge-builders between them; in fact, many rise to leadership positions because of their multi-disciplinary perspective.

If you are interested in this program in Blacksburg, please contact uapvt@vt.edu. If you are interested in this program in Alexandria, please contact UAPAlexandria@vt.edu.

During the next generation, more than $40 trillion will be spent reshaping America’s built environment. More half of all structures existing today will be demolished or reconfigured to serve different functions. New development will exceed in volume 75% of everything existing today. The magnitude of this change will challenge economic, social, governance, physical and environmental systems as never before. It is imperative that the broadest number of current and prospective professionals possible appreciate the dynamics underlying this change, and in some way learn how to manage it.

Virginia Tech’s Urban Affairs and Planning Program is offering a Graduate Certificate in Economic DevelopmentGraduate Certificate in Economic Development. It is designed for those who are interested in acquiring a basic understanding of urban and regional economic development dynamics and the role of policy in influencing them.

Urban and regional planners need to know how they can develop their economies. The challenge for policymakers, economic developers and urban planners nowadays is to design appropriate local and regional economic development policies and programs to respond to challenges resulting from globalization, technological development, demographic changes, urban decline, sprawl, and social inequities.

The target population includes current Virginia Tech and other graduate students in all fields, and others with undergraduate degrees who qualify for admission to the certificate program. As the nature and extent of future development will touch everyone, everyone qualified should have the opportunity to become familiar with the challenges and opportunities.

Geospatial Information Technology (GIT) includes collection and analysis of remotely sensed data, digital spatial and attribute data used by geographic information systems (GIS), and the application of related technologies such as the Global Positioning System (GPS). Geographic Information Science is one of the leading careers in the United States today.

As depth of knowledge is important to careers in the industry, this certificate requires 12 hours of geospatial coursework. Coursework is taken from three categories, beginning with introductory topics, and continuing through more advanced and specialized topics as best fits the student’s background and future goals.

The Graduate Certificate in Global Planning and International Development Studies builds on Virginia Tech’s internationally recognized, 30-year specialization in international development planning and an innovative partnership between faculty in programs such as Urban Affairs and Planning, Public Health, Geography, and Building Construction. The certificate seeks to prepare graduate students in multiple disciplines to engage in meaningful global professional leadership and academic positions to systematically tackle and resolve these global planning and development issues.
During the next generation, more than $40 trillion will be spent reshaping America’s built environment. More half of all structures existing today will be demolished or reconfigured to serve different functions. New development will exceed in volume 75% of everything existing today. The magnitude of this change will challenge economic, social, governance, physical and environmental systems as never before. It is imperative that the broadest number of current and prospective professionals possible appreciate the dynamics underlying this change, and in some way learn how to manage it.

The Graduate Certificate in Metropolitan Studies is designed for those who are interested in acquiring a basic understanding of metropolitan development dynamics and the role of policy in influencing them. The certificate is part of the Urban Affairs and Planning program’s overall mission to teach students how to understand, analyze, and influence the forces that shape the metropolitan built environment.

The target population includes current Virginia Tech and other graduate students in all fields, and others with undergraduate degrees who qualify for admission to the certificate program. As the nature and extent of future development will touch everyone, everyone qualified should have the opportunity to become familiar with the challenges and opportunities

The Nonprofit Financial Management Certificate is designed to develop both the practical skills and strategic/theoretical knowledge professionals need as 21st century nonprofit/NGO leaders. It emphasizes and explores the interdependent relationships among the nonprofit/NGO, public and private sectors today and it is an ideal fit for individuals seeking to become nonprofit managers or leaders or for those who are seeking a career change. The Nonprofit Financial Management Certificate is designed to develop both the practical skills and strategic/theoretical knowledge professionals need as 21st century nonprofit/NGO leaders. It emphasizes and explores the interdependent relationships among the nonprofit/NGO, public and private sectors today and it is an ideal fit for individuals seeking to become nonprofit managers or leaders or for those who are seeking a career change. The program is offered through an easy-to-use online learning portal that provides both convenient and flexible access. Faculty lectures and guest talks from nonprofits/NGOs are delivered through streaming audio/video. Students also participate in highly interactive and robust online discussions with fellow nonprofit/NGO professionals enrolled in the course and with faculty, which provides opportunities to enhance the learning experience by reflecting on current and future practice and professional goals. Through a four-class, 12-credit sequence, students identify and examine how nonprofits are shaped by individual and collective world views; highlight and discuss emerging nonprofit/NGO trends and issues at local, national and international levels; and explore similarities and differences across several disciplines and types of nonprofits/NGOs. Courses that are taught by skilled faculty members steeped in the field of nonprofit/NGO leadership and management.
Because water quantity and water quality will be intensified in Virginia and the nation, owing to increased water demand, changes in land-use and other competing interests, the management of water resources is a critical issue facing governmental agencies, as well as the private/industrial sector and citizens. The Watershed Management Certificate provides an excellent opportunity for future water and land managers to develop the interdisciplinary skills necessary for meeting these challenges in the field of water resources. The Watershed Management Certificate integrates existing programs and courses from five colleges and ten departments at Virginia Tech to provide an interdisciplinary and substantive understanding of watershed science, policy, and decision-making. The certificate requires the completion of 11 credit hours. Students must complete the core class “Land Use and Environment: Planning and Policy” and chose three other courses in Watershed Science and/or Watershed Analysis. In recent years, it has been recognized that the most effective approach to management of water resources is at the watershed scale with input from various stakeholders. Furthermore, there have been significant advances in understanding watershed science both in the natural and social sciences, and there is a national trend to integrate various facets of watershed studies in.
The Combined B.A. Architecture/Masters in Urban and Regional Planning degree provides students with the option of earning a professionally-accredited Master of Urban and Regional Planning [link to degree page] degree along with the professionally accredited Bachelor of Architecture (B.Arch) degree. Graduates of the combined degree program are at the nexus of planning and architectural design, crafting solutions to community issues that respond to social, political, economic and spatial challenges.
The Masters International Program allows students to earn credit toward their advanced degree through their Peace Corps service. Over 80 universities participate in one of these programs. In order to qualify, you must first be accepted into the degree program at the university that offers the program you anticipate studying prior to applying to Peace Corps.

Virginia Tech currently has two Masters International Programs, both through the School of Public and International Affairs: in conjunction with the Master of Urban and Regional Planning and with the Master of Public and International Affairs.

More information about the Peace Corps

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