OFFERINGS
Since June 2000, the UP School of Urban and Regional Planning has been offering the graduate Diploma, Masters in Arts (MA) and Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) programs following the ladder structure – courses taken in a lower degree program (e.g., Diploma) are credited in the next higher degree program (e.g., MA).

GRADUATE DIPLOMA in URBAN AND REGIONAL PLANNING
This program requires the completion of 26 units of course work – seven (7) 3-unit subjects and one (1) 5-unit subjects as follows:
  • Theory and Practice of Planning
  • Land Use Planning
  • Planning Process
  • Research Methods in Planning
  • Project Planning and Development
  • Planning Analysis and Techniques
  • Site Planning
  • Planning Workshop
These also constitute the core subjects for the MA program.

MASTER OF ARTS (MA) in URBAN AND REGIONAL PLANNING
There are two options in taking the MA program in Urban and Regional Planning: Plan A and Plan B.

Plan A (thesis option)
[Diploma-level subjects + one (1) 3 unit-subject* + thesis]

Plan B (non-thesis option)
[Diploma-level subjects + five (5) 3-unit subjects* + comprehensive examination)]

*Students may choose from the menu of subjects in the fields of Urban and Regional Planning, Housing, Transportation Planning, and Environmental Planning identified by the School.

DOCTOR OF PHILOSOPHY (PhD) in URBAN AND REGIONAL PLANNING
The PhD program is designed to equip the students with the knowledge and specialized skills appropriate for planning and planning-related positions in the academe, government and private sectors. The program requires completion of the course in Urban and Regional Planning at the MA level plus the following:
  • Graduate Seminar in Urban and Regional Planning Policies
  • Advanced Research Methods in Urban and Regional Planning
  • Six subjects (3 units each) from the menu of subjects in the fields of Estate Planning, Infrastructure Planning, Transportation Planning, and Environment and Natural Resources Planning
  • Comprehensive exam
  • PhD Dissertation 12 units
MASTER OF SCIENCE (MSc) in REGIONAL DEVELOPMENT PLANNING
The Masters of Science in Regional Development Planning, or the SPRING Program, is a joint offering of UP-SURP and the Technical University of Dortmund (TUDo) in Germany, focusing on regional and district development planning, with emphasis on rural areas.

The two-year program runs for the first year at TUDo and the second year at UP-SURP.

The program at TUDo consists of the following subjects:
  • Agriculture Development Planning
  • Ecology and Environment Planning
  • Financing and Budgeting
  • Regional Settlement Pattern
  • Organization and Management, Participation
  • Program Management and Project Planning
  • Regional Economic Development Planning
  • Social Infrastructure and Demography
  • Development Theories and strategies
  • Transport Planning
It further contains several workshops and seminars, including:
  • Carthography, Aerial Photography, Geographical Information Systems(GIS)
  • Computer Workshop
  • German Planning System
  • Group Facilitation Techniques and Conflict Resolution Strategies
  • Planning and Decision-Making Theory
  • Planning Workshop
  • Introduction to Scientific Research and Writing
  • SPRING Colloquium
The program at UP-SURP includes the following subjects:
  • Research Methods in Planning
  • Regional Planning Analysis and Techniques
  • Special Problems in Regional Planning
  • Regional Planning Workshop
  • Master’s Thesis
  • Optional Subjects (from other UP Colleges such as Public Administration, Social Work and Community Development, Transportation Planning, etc)