UTSA architecture master's degree in urban and regional planning approved

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UTSA College of Architecture student design-build project at Raymond Russell Park

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(April 12, 2010)--The Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board has approved a master's degree in urban and regional planning in the UTSA College of Architecture. The program will prepare students for careers and leadership roles in planning and community design both in the public and private sectors.

The new program is UTSA's 49th master's degree and the third graduate program in the College of Architecture. The degree will emphasize the development of research capabilities and graphic skills needed in planning. The primary focus will be to prepare students to become practitioners in the planning profession.

The new program in the College of Architecture will be a cooperative effort with the College of Public Policy's Department of Public Administration.

"We are excited to be able to offer this graduate degree to our students," said Richard Tangum, coordinator and graduate adviser of record for the master of science degree program in urban and regional planning. "Cities all across the nation including San Antonio are changing. Thus, the demand for qualified planning professionals is on the rise and, with this program, UTSA hopes to bridge that gap."

Policy makers and local and state public officials are already confronting complex planning issues in and around San Antonio. UTSA is part of the South Texas region with a population of 3,884,115 (2000 Census). The Texas State Demographer has predicted that this region could reach a population of nearly eight million by 2040, placing a tremendous burden on communities and counties.

Pending approval by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools, the UTSA master's degree in urban and regional planning will begin in fall 2010.

For more information visit the UTSA College of Architecture Web site or call 210-458-2559.