Shaping Communities

Urban and regional planners serve the community through the development, management and revitalization of an area’s environment. Determining the best use of a community’s land and resources for residential, commercial, institutional and recreational purposes is essential to the vitality of the community.

Urban Planning at UCF

At the undergraduate level, students can choose to minor in urban and regional planning. At the graduate level, UCF offers a Master of Science and a Graduate Certificate in Urban and Regional Planning. Both emphasize sustainability and socially responsible planning. The degree can be completed part-time in three years, making it ideal for working students. Students can focus on areas such as environmental planning, healthy communities planning or transportation planning. The graduate certificate is more broad-based, providing students with enhance knowledge, skills and career development in urban and regional planning.

Want more information on these programs? Visit the UCF Graduate Catalog or take a look at our fact sheet for more details. If you’re ready to apply, please visit the College of Graduate Studies’ website to start the process.

Boardman Fellowship

The M.S.URP Boardman Fellowship will provide financial support to new graduate students interested in pursuing a career in environmental management and urban and regional planning.

Scholarship Benefits:

  • Up to $18,000 for tuition, fees and a stipend
  • Work as a graduate research assistant under the supervision of School of Public Administration faculty

Eligibility Requirements:

  • Apply and be accepted into the Master of Science in Urban and Regional Planning.
  • Take classes as a full-time student (must take at least nine credit hours in the fall and spring semesters and six credit hours during the summer semester).
  • Commit to working up to 20 hours a week as a Graduate Research Assistant.

Please email your completed application form to Christopher Emrich at