Master’s in Urban Planning Online Mastering Urban Planning in the Digital Age


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100% online, 8-week courses

Transfer in up to 50% of the degree total

In a time of increased urbanization, there is a need for confident, prepared professionals who can skillfully manage the operations of a city and work towards the municipality’s long-term strategy for growth. Budgets, public relations, economics, legal issues, and politics are all areas that public administrators and urban planners need to be skilled in – and at Liberty, we have designed our Master of Public Administration in Urban Planning to help equip you with a foundational knowledge of these areas.

In this degree program, you’ll be able to gain a versatile skill set that can help you pursue several career opportunities. Our master of urban planning degree is offered 100% online in mostly 8-week courses with no set login times, allowing you to earn your degree while remaining committed to the things that matter most – like your job, family, and community.

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  • 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 design an online degree program that can challenge you to grow while respecting your personal commitments. When you choose Liberty for your online urban planning degree, you choose a university with a demonstrated history of helping students achieve their professional goals. Our commitment to our students has remained steadfast, and our passion for your success has never been stronger.

Studying online at Liberty empowers you to earn a career-enhancing credential on your own schedule. With no set login times, no required intensives, and no mandatory visits to campus, you’ll be able to earn a respected master’s degree from the comfort of home and prepare yourself for a rewarding career. Partner with us and take your career to new heights.

Our Master of Public Administration in Urban Planning degree online consists of 3 sections: core courses, urban planning courses, and thesis or elective courses.

In the public administration section of this degree, you will study the fundamental principles of public administration, community economic development, and public policy. You will also study political and policy issues that surround public sector budgeting, methods for managing organizations in the public sector, and the legal principles of public administration. In addition, you’ll explore applied research methods for public policy.

In the urban planning specialization, you’ll explore the basics of geographic information systems. You’ll also study geography, urban planning, and how urban planners use geographic information systems when crafting and executing plans for city development. Our public administration and urban planning degree is rounded out by a thesis or elective track.

If you choose to pursue the thesis track, you’ll begin by selecting and proposing a thesis topic. After your topic has been approved, you’ll complete a research course. Lastly, you will present and defend your thesis before faculty from the Helms School of Government. The thesis track is an excellent option if you are interested in pursuing a doctoral degree someday.

If you choose to pursue the elective track, you will be able to customize your degree by selecting 2 graduate-level courses offered by the Helms School of Government. This offers you the freedom to study topics that you’re most passionate about.

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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.