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Department of Urban and Regional Planning
College of Science, Engineering, and Technology


The mission of the Department of Urban and Regional Planning (DURP) at Jackson State University, “Mississippi’s Urban University” and only planning degree-granting program in the State, is to specialize and train students to pursue exciting careers in community development and housing, environment and land use, and urban design; to create a diverse learning community in the field of planning; to provide students with the skills and knowledge to lead and contribute to the improvement of urban and regional environments; to prepare students to understand and serve a diverse and multicultural society, and to increase the number of members from under-represented groups in the professional ranks.



Click here to view pdf version of the DURP Program Admissions Information. 

The following items must be sent to the (main campus) Division of Graduate Studies, Jackson State University, PO Box 17095, Jackson, MS  39217

  • All students admitted to Jackson State University are required to submit proof of having received two immunization shots for measles, mumps, and rubella (MMR) in order to complete registration for classes.

    If an applicant has already been admitted and plans to attend the University as a first time student (undergraduate, graduate or transfer), he/she must submit a copy of the required immunization record to the University Health Center prior to registration for courses.

    Students who have been admitted but do not submit the required immunization verification will be unable to complete registration for classes in the school’s computer enrollment system. Please see further immunization information at the link provided.

    1. Please provide the Graduate Division with copies of all updated official letters and the link to the updated information on your webpage so that these items can be uploaded in Google Drive for review by Academic Affairs, as well. Please provide this information on or before December 4, 2020, for review. Please contact Mr. Gerard Howard to assist with webpage updates (
  • Out-of-state and International applicants must submit a $25.00 application fee (money orders only).
  • International applicants must submit satisfactory TOEFL or IELTS scores.
  • Application for an Out-of-State FeeWaiver
  • *International applicants must also file a Certified Declaration of Financial Support with the University with the Division of International Studies. Click for: Form I-134, Affidavit of Support (pdf).

The Department of Urban and Regional Planning requires the following documents:
Please use the following mailing address:  Department of Urban and Regional Planning, Jackson State University, 101 W. Capitol Street, Jackson, MS  39201

  • An official copy of your transcripts from all colleges and universities attended
  • Three letters of recommendation and the recommender form checklist
  • Statement of Purpose indicating your interest, skills, background and future aspirations
  • A copy of GRE Scores (must be less than five years)



 Content Under Review

“Challenging Minds, Changing Lives.”

Master of Arts in Urban and Regional Planning

Please follow these steps when applying to obtain an M.A. degree in Urban and Regional Planning:

1.  Complete an online application with the Division of Graduate Studies
2.  Submit one official transcript from all universities/colleges/junior colleges attended
3.  Non-Mississippi residents must pay an out-of-state application fee of $25.00
4.  Submit a copy of your immunization records
5.  International applicants must submit a satisfactory TOEFL or IELTS score

6.  GRE official score report of fewer than five years old
7.  Statement of Purpose indicating your skills, background, interest in the program, and what would you like to do professionally once your graduate.  There is no specific format to use for this requirement.  
The above-required documents must be submitted via online your portal account.

*We accept new M.A. students for the fall and spring semesters.

MA Curriculum Plan (Updated 2017)

M.A. Course Descriptions


Doctor of Philosophy in Urban and Regional Planning

Please follow these steps when applying for admission into the Ph.D. program in Urban and Regional Planning:
1.  Complete an online application with the Division of Graduate Studies
2.  Submit one official transcript from all universities/colleges/junior colleges attended
3.  Non-Mississippi residents must pay the out-of-state application fee of $25.00
4.  Submit a copy of your immunization record
5.  International applicants must submit a satisfactory TOEFL or IELTS score

6.  Three letters of recommendation and three reference forms to accompany the reference letters Recommendation Form to accompany letter
Statement of Purpose indicating interest in program, skills, background, and what would you like to do professionally once your graduate.  There is no particular format for this requirement.
8.  GRE official score report of less than five years old

All documents with the exception of the transcripts must be uploaded via your online account.
*NewPh.D.D students are only accepted for the fall semester.


Ph.D. Curriculum (pdf version)
Core Area Courses
URP 700 Historical Development of Cities (3 hours)
URP 702 Theoretical Perspectives in Planning (3 hours)
URP 710 Advanced Statistical Methods (3 hours)
URP 712 Research Methodology (3 hours)
URP 714 Ethics in Planning Seminar (3 hours)

Academic Concentration Areas
Community Development and Housing
URP 720 Urban Housing Policies (3 hours)
URP 722 Community Developmen and Housing (3 hours)
URP 724 Urban Revitalization Studio (3 hours)
URP 726 Citizen Participation Strategies (3 hours)
URP 728 Local and Regional Economic Cevelopment Strategies (3 hours )

Environment and Land Use
URP 730 Environment and Land Use (3 hours)
URP 735 Land Use Planning Studio (3 hours)
URP 736 International Human Settlements (3 hours)
URP 737 Urban Implementation Strategies (3 hours)

Urban Design
URP 740 Foundations in Urban Design (3 hours)
URP 742 Analytical and Evaluation Methods for Urban Design Research (3 hours)
URP 744 Urban Design Studio (3 hours)
URP 746 Urban Design Doctoral Seminar (3 hours)

Other Courses
URP 750 Professional Practice Issues in Planning (3 hours)
URP 770 Independent Study or Research Practice (3 hours)
URP 899 Dissertation (3 hours)


Ph.D. Course Descriptions


1. Why study urban planning?

Urban planning is a forward-thinking, innovative field, where the end result of your work can impact millions of people. 

2. Why do you want to study urban planning? 

If you have an interest in making our urban environments better for everyone, this exciting subject may be for you. 

What is urban planning?

So, what is urban planning? Put simply urban planning is a field of work that concerns itself with the design of our physical environment, such as cities, towns, and villages.

Urban planners will work with politicians, residential communities, commercial groups, and developers to design an urban environment that functions for the highest number of people.

They will ask, and attempt to answer, key questions around how people will live, work, play and travel in a specific area.

Why study urban planning?

By studying to become an urban planner, you can be sure that your work will have a real impact on people’s lives now, and in many years to come.


Urban and Regional Planning majors have a plethora of career options after studying 

Community Planner Project Manager Production Planner Supply Planner
Geographic Information Systems (GIS) Lead Traffic Engineer Campaign Researcher Environmental Planning 



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For more information, please contact us at (601) 979-6863.  We look forward to meeting with you and seeing how our program can help you achieve your goals.






(601) 979-6863


Lisa Johnson, Content Editor
Urban and Regional Planning Department
(601) 979-8725