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MS in Bioregional Planning & Community Design - University of Idaho US

Published On: 27 Jul 2017 | Last Updated On: 27 Jul 2017

This interdisciplinary program prepares leaders and advances new knowledge to help communities create community-based plans, programs and policies that sustain and enhance cultures, resource bases, the built environment and economic health. The duration of this course will be for 2 years containing four semesters in the two year program.

As a student in this program, you will work with professors and community leaders to help real Idaho communities overcome development and planning challenges to fulfill visions for sustainable growth. You will also develop solid research and problem-solving skills, as well as the ability to implement systematic conservation planning and management strategies to positively shape communities for generations to come.

UI is an associative Master of Science (MS) program which contains of faculty from 8 colleges and 10 different departments; with the option of a joint degree from the College of Law. The program mission is to prepare future public leaders and professionals through metamorphic learning, create and disseminate significant planning scholarship, and assist communities and organizations in planning for sustainable development. Emphasis is placed on sustaining quality-of-life and balancing change and tradition within and across bioregions. Students, faculty and staff work with communities to provide understanding and create community-based plans, programs and policies that assist and enhance community and also landscape resilience.

MS in Bioregional Planning & Community Design suitability

This program could be a good fit if you:

  • Are interested in helping communities
  • Have the ability to think in terms of spatial relationships
  • Have strong leadership, communication and interpersonal skills
  • Work well with discrete groups of people


The M.S. Bioregional Planning and Community Design degree prepares you for a wide range of career possibilities in the built and natural environments. Planners work at the city, county or state level for public agencies or in private consulting firms. Sample job titles include:

  • Bicycle/Pedestrian Coordinator
  • Community GIS Project Lead
  • Director of Planning and Zoning
  • Director of Economic and Community Development
  • Environmental and Natural Resources Planner
  • Land-Use Planner
  • Neighborhood Planning Program Manager
  • Program Manager for Community Development and Revitalization
  • Regional Planner

Organizations & Clubs

  • Organizations and clubs connect students, create community and help shape future leaders.
  • American Institute of Architecture Students
  • American Institute of Graphic Artists
  • American Society of Interior Designers
  • Freedom by Design
  • Integrated Designers, Educators, and Artists
  • Virtual Design Society
  • National Association of Educators of Art
  • New World Design Build
  • Student Chapter of American Society of Landscape Architecture
  • Student Congress of Art & Architecture
  • Visual Arts Community
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