Welcome to urban and regional planning at UTSA! Planning is a systematic, creative way to influence the future of neighborhoods, cities, rural and metropolitan areas, and even the country and the world. Students, faculty, and staff here are part of a top-tier, Hispanic thriving university where aspiring students from all backgrounds experience a professional planning education leading to a bold future. We leverage our location in San Antonio, the city of the future, to facilitate learning about urban and regional planning that serves communities near and far. Use this information page to review our program outcomes, and learn more about the M.S. in Urban and Regional Planning degree or Graduate Certificate, and join our impactful research and inspired teaching.

Students working in the Urban and Regional Planning Lab

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Urban and regional planning at UTSA prepares planners to meet known and emerging urban and regional challenges, inspired by our values of collaboration, innovation, and inclusiveness.

TSA Urban and Regional Planning is a full member of the American Planning Association (APA), which includes free student memberships. The Urban Planning Student Association at UTSA is a registered planning student organization with APA.

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The program is also a member of the Association of Collegiate Schools of Planning (ACSP), which connects educators, researchers, and students, to advance knowledge about planning education and research. View the list of member schools .


Planning Accrediation Board ( PAB) awarded Candidacy Status to our MSURP through December 31, 2024, while the program is considered for full accreditation. Students who graduate after the beginning of the fall term of the academic year in which the site visit occurs for a program subsequently granted accreditation shall be considered to have graduated from an accredited program.


Achievement Name

Student Learning Outcome

Assessment Method

Result (semester, sample size)

Student Learning Outcome 2: Research Design

Design a research question and successfully utilize the appropriate quantitative, qualitative, or spatial analytic techniques to explain local and regional conditions to answer it in an applied and/or scholarly environment

95% of students pass with a grade of B or higher on Professional Report or Thesis on their first attempt.

100% (Fall 2021, N=3)

Student Learning Outcome 3: Communication

Communicate effectively to internal and external stakeholders, including integrating public engagement in planning processes in oral, written, and graphic forms.

95% of students score a B or higher on the internship deliverable addressing communication on the first attempt.

100% (Spring 2021, N=1)

Student Learning Outcome 4: Specialization

Apply knowledge of their chosen specialized area(s) of planning practice to regional through international planning contexts, while recognizing the interconnectedness of place and interdisciplinary nature of planning.

95% of students score a B or higher on the electives/specialization essay question (Comprehensive Exam) at their first attempt.

100% (Spring 2021, N=2)

Student Learning Outcome 5: Ethics

Apply the AICP Code of Ethics and Professional Conduct in the leadership of planning processes, and demonstrate a commitment to sustainable and socially just development.

95% of students score a B or higher on the ethics module assignment (URP 5413 Planning Practice and Ethics) on at first attempt.

100% (Spring 2020, N=19)

Program classes are offered at the Downtown Campus, with some classes offered online. The URP Student Handbook includes more about how to succeed in the urban and regional planning program, and updates including the Urban and Regional Planning Seminar schedule.