Urban Planning Programme

Prepare for careers in urban planning, development and real estate


Today, the production, transformation and management of cities calls for a cross-cutting skill set that combines technical expertise, understanding of major socio-economic issues and the ability to negotiate and participate in complex decision-making systems.

The Sciences Po Urban Planning Programme has been training professionals to meet these challenges for over forty years. It combines a solid foundation in the social sciences with the acquisition of professional skills

  • in urban planning: urban design and project management
  • in urban development: operational and contracting authority responsibilities
  • in real estate.

Condensed into three semesters, this intensive, multidisciplinary programme enables students to achieve professional competence in the legal, economic and technical dimensions of urban development and renewal.

Programme structure:

Orientations & career opportunities

The curriculum covers urban planning and development, the real estate industry and housing, urban renewal, transport and urban design. It trains all students in urban project management, from design to implementation.

The course prepares students for senior roles in design and engineering firms, the public sector and private companies: urban and regional planners, land use planners, real estate developers and managers, managers of local authorities.

Eligibility criteria

Urban Planning Programme is open to students who have completed the first year of a Master's degree in any discipline and willing to commit to a demanding course of study. They have to justify by diploma or professional experience that they are engaged in a project related to urban planning.

Courses are delivered in French, a level C1 is required (C1 or C2 French certificate), test results must be attached directly to the online application.


Candidates are invited to apply online via the Sciences Po Admissions website.

Any specific other documents (personal works, books, reports, projects...) related to your academic or professional background should be communicated to the Urban Planning Program administration by email to: Irene Mboumoua or by post at the following address:

Irène MBOUMOUA - Responsable pédagogique Master Urbanisme.
Sciences Po - École urbaine
27 rue Saint Guillaume 75337 Paris cedex 07

The candidates that pass the first stage will be invited to an interview with the pedagogical team of the Urban Planning program.


International graduate applications for the 2018 intake are now open. The deadline to apply is March 15, 2018.

Scholarships application deadlines

Please note that the Master's application form must be completed and submitted by the scholarship deadline. Scholarship applications will not be considered if submitted after the deadline. Completed applications must include the required language tests.

  • Emile-Boutmy scholarship: 3 January 2018
  • Eiffel scholarship: 10 November 2017 for graduate applicants and 3 November 2017 for Sciences Po students and students admitted on the previous year (deferred and conditional admissions).

For other scholarships deadlines, please check the page on financial aid.

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