The urban and regional planning program at the Technion was founded in 1969. It was one of the first programs of its kind in non-English speaking countries. The program maintains a teaching program for M.Sc. and Ph.D. degrees. This is the only program in Israel that has been authorized by the Council for Higher Education to grant academic degrees in urban and regional planning. The program gained international recognition by the American Association of Collegiate Schools of Planning (ACSP) and the Association of European Schools of Planning (AESOP).
The new program provides both professional training and research training. The courses offer a wide range of areas of expertise and research subjects.
The Aim of the Program
The program’s strength is that is offers multi-disciplinary and inter-disciplinary training balanced with a competitive advantage in spatial planning and quantitative methods (stemming from the composition of our faculty).
The program offers specializations for interested students. These specializations are based on a range of elective courses, strengthened by appropriate courses from other faculties. The program includes three clusters of specializations, as well as the option of a multi-disciplinary ‘generalist’ cluster. The clusters are:
▪ Economics and land development
▪ Housing and community development
▪ Environmental policy and planning
▪ Integrated track, multi-cluster training
Admission Requirements for the Masters Program
Eligible to apply to the program are university graduates who completed their studies with a high average (usually 85% or above) and hold a B.A or B.Sc. We accept students from a wide range of disciplines, including architecture, economics, sociology, geography, political science, psychology, law, social work, philosophy, biology, chemistry, agriculture and all areas of engineering.
For more details on admission to the graduate school at the Technion:
Masters Degree Tracks
The graduate program offers two tracks leading to the Master’s degree: Master of Science in Urban and Regional Planning (M.Sc.) and Master of Urban and Regional Planning (M.URP). In both tracks, the same amount of credits, divided differently, are required.
▪ Master of Science in Urban and Regional Planning (M.Sc.) – Thesis Track – The requirements for the degree are divided between course work, and thesis work which may be submitted in one of three forms: A research thesis (20 credits), a project thesis (20 credits), or a final work (12 credits). Technion fellowships are awarded only to students at this thesis track.
▪ Master of Urban and Regional Planning (M.URP) – Non-Thesis Track – The requirements include heavier course work that ends with a special final seminar or final project (5 credits).
An additional program is offered, for those students seeking to combine their undergraduate studies in Landscape Architecture with a Masters degree in Urban Planning. Students already studying undergraduate Landscape Architecture at the Technion may apply for entry into this program during the course of their studies. More details (in Hebrew) are available via this link.