Online Bachelor of Science in Urban Planning

Arizona State University’s online urban planning degree teaches theories and practices for creating equitable, healthy and happy communities. In this unique program, you’ll study transportation, business districts, neighborhoods, green space and more. After completing this program, you’ll have the knowledge and experience needed to design impactful communities.

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Quick facts

Next start date: 06/30/2021


Total classes: 40

Weeks per class: 7.5

Total credit hours: 120

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Why earn an urban planning degree?

Urban planning is shaping the way our cities, states and communities operate, how people navigate the globe and how cities are planned for success. By earning this degree, you’ll gain a foundation of historical understanding of the urban planning field, as well as modern tools needed within the industry. This degree will prepare you to design communities and directly impact residents’ quality of life. You’ll also gain experience working with geographic information science, which is a highly marketable skill.

What skills do you earn in an urban development degree?

 

In this online urban planning degree, you’ll gain important skills in problem solving, design and critical thinking. You’ll also learn to cultivate an analytical perspective in urban development. All program courses are taught by distinguished faculty members who’ll guide you in studying relevant physical, social, political and economic issues. Additionally, elective courses in areas like ethics, economic development and government planning allow for specialization.

What industries hire urban development and city planners?

 

City planning degree holders can work in commercial real estate and private planning. Government agencies may also hire individuals with this kind of background. Most urban planning careers with the government are available at the city level but county, state and federal jobs do exist. You can also consider working in transportation or consulting.

Urban planning degree courses

In this program, you’ll utilize qualitative and quantitative research methodologies. In your required courses, you’ll learn about sustainability and foundational principles. You’ll also have the opportunity to take elective courses that focus on economic development, planning laws, government planning, environmental planning, ethics and social issues found within planning. Examples of courses in this major include:


PUP 301: Introduction to Urban Planning (L)


GIS 205: Geographic Information Science I (CS)


PUP 190: Sustainable Cities ((HU or SB) & G)


GIS 270: Statistics for Geography and Planning


PUP 424: Planning Methods


What can I do with an online urban planning degree?

Upon graduation, you’ll be prepared to continue your education or apply for jobs in the public, private or nonprofit sectors. Depending on your area of interest, your career path could involve compliance, appraising, planning, consulting and more. Possible career options include:

Commercial Real Estate Associate


Growth: 10.3 %
Salary: $58,670

Compliance Manager


Growth: 8.0 %
Salary: $105,610

Distribution Center Manager


Growth: 6.7 %
Salary: $92,460

Geographic Information Systems Analyst (GIS Analyst)


Growth: 6.7 %
Salary: $76,860

Landscape Architect


Growth: 6.4 %
Salary: $65,760

Real Estate Appraiser


Growth: %
Salary:

Regulatory Affairs Manager


Growth: 8.0 %
Salary: $105,610

Urban Planner


Growth: 12.8 %
Salary: $71,490

Learn from leaders in successful community development

From Royal Society and American Academy fellows to Marshall and Barry Goldwater Scholarship recipients, The College of Liberal Arts and Sciences is home to prestigious students and faculty members.

  • Fulbright American Scholars.
  • Guggenheim Fellows.
  • MacArthur Fellows.
  • Nobel laureates.

Learn from leaders in successful community development

From Royal Society and American Academy fellows to Marshall and Barry Goldwater Scholarship recipients, The College of Liberal Arts and Sciences is home to prestigious students and faculty members.

  • Fulbright American Scholars.
  • Guggenheim Fellows.
  • MacArthur Fellows.
  • Nobel laureates.

Online urban planning degree admission requirements

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You are considered a freshman for application purposes if you have not attended college at all, or have fewer than 12 transferable credit hours (with a minimum 2.50 cumulative GPA).

1. Review competency requirements

2. Review other admission requirements

3. Complete online application

4. File your FAFSA

5. Request ACT or SAT scores

Don't meet admission requirements?

You can still gain admission to ASU through Earned Admission. Through this pathway, you can demonstrate your ability to succeed at ASU by completing online courses with a 2.75 GPA or higher.

To begin, submit an application to ASU. An enrollment coach will reach out with more information if the Earned Admission Pathway is right for you.

Don't meet admission requirements?

You can still gain admission to ASU through Earned Admission. Through this pathway, you can demonstrate your ability to succeed at ASU by completing online courses with a 2.75 GPA or higher.

To begin, submit an application to ASU. An enrollment coach will reach out with more information if the Earned Admission Pathway is right for you.

A transdisciplinary approach to urban planning

ASU’s College of Liberal Arts and Sciences takes a transdisciplinary approach to education with a vast spectrum of degrees in the social sciences, natural sciences and humanities. We inspire students to be socially aware, critical thinkers and global citizens.

25,500+


currently enrolled students.

$140 million


in research expenditures in 2018.

23


interdisciplinary schools and departments.

95+


undergraduate degrees.

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Our tuition calculator can help you estimate full-time tuition fees for this program without financial aid. Keep in mind: More than 80% of our students receive financial aid.

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