Program and Application



Urban Planning discipline is related to spatial changes that takes place in the context of dynamic economic and social relations as well as planning interventions toward these spatial changes.

Urban development issues and urban planning interventions constitute  core interest areas of the urban planning discipline in the world and in Turkey.

Urban Planning Master’s Program aims to develop specialized points of view and new understandings within this domain.

City Planning Graduate Program is completed in four semesters (two years). In the first two semesters theoretical and applied courses are offered;

whereas, in the last two semesters, it is expected that the student would work on master’s thesis under the supervision of his/her thesis advisor.

Research Fields


Urban Planning Theories, Urban Development and Socio-Economic Change, Urban Transformation,

Urban Political Economy, Gentrification, Risk Management, Mitigation Planning, Culture Industries



First Semester

CP 501 Planning Studio I (4-8)8

RP 511 Planning Theory (3-0)3
Elective (3-0)3

Elective (3-0)3


Second Semester

CP 502 Planning Studio II (4-8)8

CP 558 New Modes of Intervention in Planning (3-0)3

CP 509 Introduction to Research Methods and Ethics in Planning and Design (2-2)3

CP 570 Thesis Seminar NC

Elective (3-0)3


Third Semester

CP 500 M.C.P. Thesis NC


Fourth Semester

CP 500 M.C.P. Thesis NC


Total minimum credit : 34

Number of courses with credit (min) : 8


Courses in City Planning Master Program


CP 501-502 Planning Studio I-II (4-8)8

Planning Studio focusses on contemporary urban development issues in the world and Turkey. Urban development problems constitute the core interest areas of this course along with the intention of developing new approaches toward these problems. Individual and team studies are the basis of case studies that are undertaken in the context of Studio. Planning tasks are defined so as to find relevant solutions to typical problems as well as place specific issues. Methods of study in studio work may cover the following:
• theoretical and empirical field surveys
• collection, processing and analyses of data
• prescription, design and evaluation of planning proposals through projects.
Spatial analyses are supported with the visual media presentations. Through a  specialized division of labor the Studio also acts as the generator and motivator of  individual research areas and thesis topics.

Elective Courses:

CP and RP coded courses could be added as elective courses; in addition to the courses offered from different departments. 


Application Requirements:


Candidates should have;

1- Min. 70 METU EPE Result,

2- Min. 60 ALES (Quantitative) (Check for ALES-GRE (old/new) conversion chart),

3- Min. 2.5  in B.S. CGPA,

4- 2 Reference Letters,

5- Letter of intention (included in the online form),

6- Portfolio (studies carried out during BSc, etc.),

7- Interview,

8- B.S. or M.S. degree and at least one of these degrees should be in City and Regional Planning Department (CRP) or in related tracks of CRP