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Urban Affairs and Planning

Master's Degree Programs Offered Interactive Videoconferencing (IVC)


The MURP (Master of Urban and Regional Planning) at Virginia Tech, with its two locations, is unique because it offers access to urban planning in rural, suburban, urban, national, and international areas. Students on each of the two campuses have access to faculty and fellow students on other campus via:

  • Courses offered simultaneously online in both locations through video-conferencing.
  • Joint studio classes that involve students from both campuses.
  • One-credit weekend modules that allow faculty and students travel between campus locations or meet in a third location.
  • Capstone committees and independent/directed studies with faculty advisors from both campuses.

For students in Alexandria, VA, Urban Affairs and Planning (UAP) provides access to planning in rural areas and small towns while studying in an urban setting. Moreover, Alexandria students have access to all online and many on-campus services in Blacksburg, such as the online library journals or Interlibrary Loan, which mails books to students in Alexandria. For students in Blacksburg, UAP connects to planning in urban areas while studying in a rural/small town setting. Occasionally students will transfer between locations, as suits their course of study best.

(CIP 04.0301)


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Program Website:
Urban Affairs and Planning

Program Director:
Yang Zhang

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