Planning Accelerated Master's Program (MS)
Students interested in adding skills and knowledge about urban planning to their architecture credentials may pursue this objective through the College of Architecture and Landscape Architecture's Accelerated Master's Program. This program allows eligible students enrolled in the B.Arch and Sustainable Built Environments degree programs to begin working toward a second professional degree--a Master of Science in Planning--as early as the third or fourth year. The M.PLN can usually be completed within three semesters of attaining the B.Arch or SBE degree.
Subsequent to being admitted to the Accelerated Master's Program, architecture students in their fourth and/or fifth years begin to take graduate courses in their preferred planning curriculum. Twelve of the graduate units earned may be used to count toward both degrees, i.e., these units will meet the B.Arch or SBE upper division open elective requirement.
The College of Architecture, Planning and Landscape Architecture (CAPLA), the nation's leader in sustainable design and planning for arid regions, embodies the oldest design and planning programs in the state of Arizona. CAPLA faculty work at the forefront of sustainability and regenerative development, specifically, alternative energy, water conservation, landscape ecology, climate change adaptation, affordable housing, and heritage preservation. Our alumni are recognized internationally for modern desert architecture, landscape architecture, and urban and regional planning and design comprising what is known as the "Arizona School."