Graduate Urban Regional Planning

Option 1: First Professional Degree

If this is your first time pursuing education in planning, you can take our first professional degree track. This two-year program is also for nontraditional studentswho have already been in the workforce.

During your first year, you can expect to take core coursesthat provide a foundation in the field, planning history and theory, legal issues, presentation techniques, and research methods. A land analysis and site-planning studio will introduce you to typical planning problems in a context of group interaction and presentation.

The second-year courses include further methods courses and two studios, one on comprehensive planning and one on special topics. To gain real-life experience, you will find the second year studios increasingly emphasize interaction with real-world clients. Electives in planning and related fields allow you to pursue your individual interests in planning, though the emphasis is always on creating a well-prepared generalist planner rather than a specialist.

Curriculum (48 Hours)

PLAN 500 Planning Diagnostic Exam 0
PLAN 501 Planning Theory 3
PLAN 615 Introduction to Quantitative Analysis 1
PLAN 616 Demographic/Socio-economic Forecasting Methods 1
PLAN 617 Introduction to Planning Research Methods 1
PLAN 618 Advanced Planning Research Methods 2
PLAN 619 Quantitative Models of Location Theory and Spatial Analysis 1
PLAN 620 Human Impact Analysis 2
PLAN 621 Environmental Impact Analysis 1
PLAN 625 Planning Law 3
PLAN 626 Human Settlements 1
PLAN 627 Ecology of Planning 1
PLAN 628 Economics of Planning 1
PLAN 629 Planning Analysis Studio 3
PLAN 690 Planning Portfolio Review 0
PLAN 691 Internship  0
PLAN 695 Planning Capstone Research Methods 1 1
PLAN 696 Planning Capstone Research Methods 2 1
PLAN 697 Planning Capstone Research Methods 3 1
PLAN 699 Planning Comprehensive Exam 0

3-6 hours from
RES 697 Research Paper 1-3
CRPRJ 698 Creative Project 3-6

Area of Concentrated Study 12
Outside Electives* 6

*Electives may include courses in GIS, transportation planning, transportation modeling, charrette graphics, environmental planning, grant procurement, affordable housing, and more.

Department of Urban Planning
Architecture Building (AB), Room 327
Ball State University
Muncie , IN 47306

Phone: 765-285-1963
Fax: 765-285-2648