MA in Geography – Urban Planning Reimagine Urban Spaces


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Have you ever visited a city and pondered its needs? Perhaps you saw opportunities to build restaurants, recreational facilities, housing, or churches – and you felt inspired to put your vision into practice. If so, Liberty University’s 100% online Master of Arts (MA) in Geography – Urban Planning may be for you!

Urban planners have to consider and be well-versed in the geography of a particular land. The lay of a land, its history, and projected population growth must be considered when making long-term plans. At Liberty, you can learn how to work around each of these factors. Taught by expert professors who are dedicated to helping you succeed, our online master’s degree in geography and urban planning is capable of helping you pursue a wide variety of careers in public administration, at a think tank or consulting firm, and much more.

At Liberty, we don’t shortchange you when you pursue an online degree – we empower you. Our urban planning master’s degree is offered 100% online in convenient 8-week sections with no set login times and no required intensives. That way, you can further your education while remaining committed to the things that matter most – like your job, family, and community. Don’t settle when you choose a university for your master’s degree; choose Liberty University – a school with your best interest at heart.

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What Sets Us Apart?

  • Private Nonprofit University
  • 600+ Online Degrees
  • No Standardized Testing for Admission
  • Transfer in up to 75% of an Undergrad Degree
  • Transfer in up to 50% of a Grad/Doctoral Degree

As a pioneer in distance education since 1985, we understand what it takes to develop a rigorous online degree program that challenges you to grow, helps you stand out in applicant pools, and respects your personal commitments. Our online master’s degree in geography was carefully designed with your success in mind – both inside and outside of the time dedicated to your studies.

Our history of academic excellence is demonstrated by our regional accreditation. Liberty University is regionally accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges (SACSCOC). Between the 2 types of accreditation (national and regional), regional accreditation is the more prestigious. In addition, we are recognized by multiple institutions for our academic quality, affordability, and accessibility. Earning your master’s degree in geography from a university with this kind of recognition can help set you apart as a knowledgeable, principled job candidate.

Additionally, earning a master’s degree is an excellent way to boost your earning potential. According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, people who hold a master’s degree earn an average of 18% more annually than those whose highest level of educational attainment is a bachelor’s degree.* Our online master’s in geography and urban planning degree could be your ticket to a pay raise.

*Bureau of Labor Statistics, U.S. Department of Labor, at Earnings and unemployment rates by educational attainment, 2021 (viewed online Oct. 10, 2022). Cited projections may not reflect local and/or short-term economic or job conditions and do not guarantee actual job growth.

Our master’s degree in geography and urban planning consists of 2 sections: core courses and urban planning courses.

You’ll begin this program of study by exploring research methods, geographic information systems (GIS), and quantitative analysis. You’ll also study human geography, historical geography, demography and populations, and economic geography. Coursework in transport geography and military geography round out the core section of this degree and prepare you to dive into urban planning courses.

In the urban planning section of this degree, you will study geography and urban planning; GIS for urban planning; and politics, strategies, and initiatives of community economic development. This set of courses will empower you to grasp how the lay of a land impacts planning, the value of using GIS when making plans for a city, and how to share your vision with elected officials and citizens alike.

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Your success is our success, which is why we are committed to providing quality academics at an affordable tuition rate. While other colleges are increasing their tuition, we have frozen tuition rates for the majority of our undergraduate, graduate, and doctoral programs for the past 9 years – and counting.

Graduate Full Time $565/Credit
Graduate Part Time $615/Credit
Military Graduate $275/Credit

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Liberty University is dedicated to providing world-class educational experiences to military students across the globe.

Who May Qualify?

  • Active Duty
  • Reserve/National Guard
  • Veterans/Retirees
  • Spouses of Service Members and Veterans/Retirees
  • Current Department of Defense Employees

Available Benefits:

  • Tuition discounts – $275 per credit hour for graduate courses
  • Additional discount for veterans who service in a civilian capacity as a First Responder (less than $625 per course)*
  • 8-week courses, 8 different start dates each year, and no set login times (may exclude certain courses such as practicums, internships, or field experiences)

*Not applicable to certificates.

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