Master's in Planning


Programme Description

The Graduate School of Planning grants the professional degree of Master's in Planning with areas of emphasis in the fields of Urban and Territorial Planning, Planning of Natural Resources and Environment, Planning of the Economic Systems, and Areas of Policies and Social Planning.

The syllabus for the Master's degree in Planning was reviewed and approved by the Academic Senate on April 17, 1997 and by the Board of Trustees through Certification No. 22 of August 28, 1998.

The focus of the curriculum is the comprehensive and integral development of society, in its main components: economic, social, urban-spatial and environmental. The theories, methods and techniques for the diagnosis and analysis of problems and needs, the evaluation of intervention alternatives and the design of policies, plans, programs and projects and their implementation are studied. The scope of intervention can be national, regional, municipal and community, through the government, the community, non-governmental organizations, private companies or their consortiums.

Current approaches to planning are framed by changes in the international order of the economy (globalization), the decentralization of government and the transfer of powers and competencies to municipalities and the greater participation of communities and the private sector in decisions and interventions of public interest. Among the great challenges considered by the Master's Programme in Planning, are the following: sub-urban sprawl, deterioration in the quality of life, inequality and social marginalization, and pollution and degradation of the environment and the environment. natural resources that are observed at the global, regional and national scales in most of the countries, including Puerto Rico.

The curriculum of the Master in Planning comprises a total of 48 credits that are broken down as follows;

  1. 24 credits of core courses (common) in theories, methods and techniques
  2. 9 credits of required courses from the areas of emphasis
  3. 3 credits of the Planning Project Proposal. It includes the exam of degree that consists of a monograph on the theoretical and methodological framework related to the subject of the planning project
  4. 3 credits of the Planning Project
  5. 9 credits of free electives


Policy and Social Planning Area

Social problems, inequality and deterioration of the quality of life and social policies and intervention methods for the effective provision of services are analyzed, with emphasis on community action.

Urban and Territorial Area

The evaluation and processes that make up the city, its different sectors and other human settlements are studied. The student is trained in the policies and methods of intervention in the field, in accordance with the social and economic variables, and the legacy of historical heritage built through territorial plans and urban planning. Geographic information systems are used.

Area of ​​Natural Resources and Environment

The impact of economic and urban activities on the quality of the environment and natural resources is studied. Prepares the student for the formation and implementation of strategies to protect the environment and the use of natural resources in a sustained manner.

Economic Systems Planning Area

Policies and instruments for the development and strengthening of the economy at the national, regional and sectoral level are studied with interdisciplinary and strategic approaches in the face of changing geopolitical conditions. The student is trained in the use of general intervention methods in public or private companies, institutions and organizations.

Admission requirements

Specific Requirements of the Master's Programme

  • Baccalaureate or its equivalent from a recognized university.
  • Academic index of 3.00 points on the 4.00 scale.
  • At least one course with "B" or more in the areas of Mathematics, Statistics, Sociology and Economics.
  • Knowledge in the management of information systems.
  • Proficiency in Spanish and English.

Documents Required for Admission Application

  • Application for Admission to Graduate Studies in electronic format.
  • Results of the EXADEP (PAEG) with 500 or more score or in exceptional cases the GRE.
  • Two Recommendations for Graduate Studies in electronic or paper format.
  • Two transcripts of official credits.
  • Declaration of purpose to continue graduate studies and professional plans.
  • Interview with the Admissions Committee, optional

Graduation Requirements

In addition to complying with the general requirements established by the Río Piedras Campus, the candidate must:

  • Complete the study program of 48 credits in one of the areas of emphasis with an academic index of not less than 3.00 points. The courses must be approved with A or B.
  • Comply with the requirement of grade examination by preparing and defending a monograph on the theoretical and methodological framework that serves as the basis for the Planning Project. The monograph will be prepared according to the guidelines adopted by the School.
  • Approve the Planning Project. Delivery of two volumes of the project to the School.
  • Complete the requirements of the degree within a maximum period of 4 years. In meritorious cases, if the student does not complete the requirements in the prescribed period, he / she may request an extension to the Deanship of Graduate Studies and Research through the EGP. (Cert. # 38 of 2012-2013).
Last updated Dec 2018

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