Urban Planning and Economic Development Concentration | Geography, Environment, and Sustainability

M.A. in Applied Geography

Urban Planning and Economic Development Concentration

The Urban Planning and Economic Development concentration is directed towards students who have an interest in preserving and enhancing the quality-of-life of urban areas and dealing effectively with growth and development issues. Students completing this concentration will combine the core requirements of the master’s degree in applied geography with courses emphasizing the knowledge and skills required to provide effective leadership in urban and economic development for metropolitan areas. The required core courses, electives, research courses, collateral expertise, and formal reviews and examinations are the same as for the M.A. degree in applied geography. Within this framework, the following 15 credits must be completed.

Required Core Courses (12 hours)

  • GES 602 Sustainable Urban Planning in an Entrepreneurial Environment (3)
  • GES 605 Regional Planning (3)
  • GES 631  Transportation Planning (3)
  • GES 632 Geography of Livable Cities (3)

Elective Courses (3 hours) — Choose one from following:

  • GES 622 GIS Applications in Urban Planning (3)
  • GES 633 Regional Economic Development (3)
  • PSC 620 Urban and Regional Development Policy (3)
  • PSC 630 Community and Economic Development: Theory and Practice (3)