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University of California Los Angeles

Department of Urban Planning


The UCLA Department of Urban Planning is at the intersection of unique academic, regional, geographic, and professional resources that creates a learning environment unlike any other. Los Angeles, one of the most culturally diverse and exciting urban settings in the world, serves as a unique laboratory for faculty and students to study and solve urban issues and problems. The world-class faculty in the department—nationally and internationally recognized scholars and leaders in community development, environmental planning, housing, land development, regional and international development, transportation, and urban design—prepare master’s and doctoral degree students to address the social, economic, and spatial relationships that shape society.




California State University Fullerton

Department of Chicana and Chicano Studies


Welcome to Chicana and Chicano Studies

Welcome! Bienvenidos! Ximopanolti! Bem-vindos! Bienvenue! Benvenuti!

The Chicana and Chicano Studies department at CSU Fullerton (one of the first established in the U.S.) is an inter-disciplinary program that covers a breadth of topics from the roots of Chicana/o cultural traditions beginning with Meso-American cultures and extending into a multitude of areas of contemporary society including (but not limited to) politics, gender and sexuality, migration, literature, education, music, art, and spirituality.

We offer an exciting array of courses with dedicated and dynamic faculty members. Along with our courses, we also organize department- and campus-wide events that showcase our academic and community work.

Our department puts students at the center of the work that we do, with a focus on high-quality teaching and mentorship.

We view learning as a transformative process—for the student and the faculty member. We believe that students bring knowledge with them to the university and in Chicana/o Studies we blend and enhance their knowledge with our critical insights in our courses. We are proud of the impressive achievements of our current students and alumni.

For the last few years our students have presented research papers at our prestigious national association, National Association for Chicana and Chicano Studies – NACCS . Our majors/minors participate in many programs on campus including Honors and the Ronald McNair Scholars Program. Our student organization, C@SA (Chicana and Chicano Studies Alliance), leads a successful Día de los Muertos event and research symposium each year. Chicana/o students enjoy a strong sense of community and belonging that contributes to their overall student success and development.

Chicana/o Studies at CSU Fullerton puts the “S” in HSI (Hispanic Serving Institution)! Enjoy surfing the site, and we hope to see you soon in one of our classes or at one of our events. Please contact us via Facebook or Twitter (the tabs are to the left) or call us at (657) 278-3731 if you would like to learn more.


Paz (Peace),

Alexandro José Gradilla, Department Chair



Clark University

International Development, Community Plannning and Environment (IDCE) Department


The International Development, Community and Environment Department has built its degree programs on more than 35 years of collective field experience in North America, Africa, Asia, and Latin America. This is a place of intellectual rigor and creative thinking, where students acquire the professional skills they need to advance in their careers.

At IDCE students learn how to address complex problems and build community while managing resources wisely. In the classroom and in the field, IDCE students develop critical analytical skills, explore linkages between local and global perspectives, and focus on the human and ecological dimensions of sustainability.

Our community of scholars and practitioners is dedicated to fostering environmental sustainability, social justice, and economic well-being in both the developing and developed world. The major forces of social change — grass roots initiatives, social movements, government policy, market approaches, entrepreneurship, technological innovation, individual action, and education — form the core of our transdisciplinary studies. The programs approach complex problems by crossing conventional disciplinary boundaries. Each of IDCE’s programs is flexible, encouraging students to take courses across programs representing a diversity of perspectives. The breadth of opportunities for integrated coursework makes IDCE unique among similar traditional programs. IDCE maintains close links with other academic centers at Clark, including the Graduate School of Geography and the Graduate School of Management, providing even more opportunities for students to gain the skills they will need to cross nonprofit, private, government, NGO, and research sectors.




Arizona State University

Master of Urban and Environmental Planning (MUEP)


The Master of Urban and Environmental Planning (MUEP) is accredited by the Planning Accreditation Board (PAB). It is an interdisciplinary, professional degree designed to prepare students for leadership roles in planning in the public and private sectors. The curriculum includes a common core of required courses which provide linkage between knowledge and practice and fundamental theories and skills.

Planetizen ranks ASU’s MUEP among the top twenty-five planning programs in the United States.

As active scholars and teachers in an accredited planning program, our faculty has a wide range of interests and expertise, including land use and environmental planning, regional development, planning history, international development, infrastructure planning, disaster recovery planning, housing, public participation, and desert cities. The faculty’s research and teaching interests especially focus on the following broad interdisciplinary themes:

The MUEP program offers a unique opportunity to integrate urban and environmental aspects of planning in a rapidly developing metropolitan area. Individual practical experience in planning is provided through an optional internship program and applied research. In addition to the planning faculty, the program is enriched by the interdisciplinary participation of faculty from other academic units of the university and leading planning practitioners from the Phoenix area.




University at Albany

Department of Geography and Planning


Welcome to the Department of Geography and Planning at the University at Albany. Our students are educated to succeed in a broad range of careers in the Geography and Planning professions.

Undergraduate programs include a Bachelor of Arts in Geography and a Bachelor of Arts in Urban Studies & Planning as well as an Undergraduate Certificate in Geographic Information Systems (GIS) and Spatial Analysis. The department is also the home of the Bachelor of Arts in Interdisciplinary Studies with a faculty-initiated concentration in Globalization Studies.

Graduate programs include a Master of Arts in Geography and a Masters in Regional Planning as well as a Graduate Certificate in GIS and Spatial Analysis and a Graduate Certificate in Urban Policy. Our department also offers a combined Joint Master of Regional Planning and Doctor of Law (MRP/JD) in conjunction with Albany Law School.


About the Department:

Teaching and research in the department emphasize urban, social, physical, and cultural geography; city and regional planning; urban design; remote sensing; cartography and geographic information systems; environmental studies; climatology; computer and statistical models; area (regional) studies; urban and regional planning methods; economic development; small town and rural land-use planning. Members of the faculty have strong international links with China, Russia, Australia, and various countries in Africa, Latin America and Western Europe.




Pratt Institute School of Architecture

City and Regional Planning Program


The mission of the graduate City and Regioinal Planning (CRP) program is to provide a professionally oriented education to a student body with diverse cultural, educational, and professional backgrounds. The CRP program focuses on participatory planning and sustainable, equitable communities, while stressing a multidisciplinary approach. Students graduate equipped with the knowledge of theory, technical capacity, collaborative skills, and critical thinking abilities necessary to plan for economic, environmental, and social justice in urban neighborhoods and metropolitan regions.




University of Oregon

Department of Planning, Public Policy, and Management


Mission Statement

The PPPM Department prepares innovative public leaders through a challenging and applied curriculum, creates and disseminates new knowledge, and engages in intensive partnerships to solve society’s most pressing economic, environmental and social issues.


Guiding Principles

In pursuing our mission, PPPM is guided by:

  • dedication to the highest standards of scholarship by our students and faculty;
  • informed theory and empirical evidence;
  • a commitment to engage the civic community – public, private, and non-profit – in democratic processes addressing economic, environmental, and social issues;
  • an eagerness to seek good ideas and approaches from around the world and test their transferability from one area of the globe to another;
  • an approach that builds on the existing strengths of communities and organizations – to increase their capacity to take advantage of opportunities and respond effectively to challenges;
  • an interest in work that ranges from local to regional to national to international; and
  • a commitment to ecological, social, and economic sustainability.

Because of the desire to maintain the integrity and accreditation of each degree program, PPPM has established separate statements of objectives. The existing statements are as follows.

Program Objectives

The objectives of the Master of Public Administration Program are to:

  1. utilize a cohort structure, rigorous coursework, and extensive real world applications to prepare students for outstanding careers in government and nonprofit service.
  2. promote evidence-based decision making in the government and nonprofit sectors by emphasizing an active and influential research agenda among faculty and students.
  3. incorporate service to public and nonprofit agencies into the curriculum to provide a rigorous career preparation for students while serving the involved agencies. This dual purpose informs our research and benefits the region, the state, and the profession.

The objectives of the Master’s Program in Community and Regional Planning are to:

  1. prepare policy-oriented planners to assume generalist planning and planning-related positions, with emphasis on issues of significance to the Northwestern U.S. and the Pacific Basin region;
  2. advance the state of knowledge in the field of planning by engaging in planning-related research, the results of which are shared with others through public presentations, journal articles, professional reports and meetings, and other appropriate media and fora; and
  3. provide planning assistance to Oregon communities and rural areas, emphasizing the integration of planning process, methods, and theory with other substantive planning knowledge in actual applications of community and regional plan making and policy analysis.

The objective of the Bachelor’s Degree Program in Planning, Public Policy & Management is to provide students with a broad professional background as well as a sound basis for graduate study in fields such as planning, public policy and management, business, law, journalism, and social welfare. In addition, graduates are prepared for entry-level positions in a variety of public service agencies and organizations.




University of New Mexico

Community and Regional Planning Department


The Mission of the Community and Regional Planning (CRP) program is to plan and advocate with communities in the Southwest for their sustainable futures by delivering professional education, providing service, and engaging in useful research. The Program’s purpose is to provide future planners and professionals with the knowledge and skills necessary to support planning that is responsive to people and place. Students of the CRP program work with communities, including their own, to create community-based plans, programs and policies that sustain and enhance their culture, resource base, built environment and economic vitality.




University of North Carolina

Department of City and Regional Planning


Founded in 1946, DCRP is one of the largest, oldest, and best-known programs of graduate planning education and research in North America.

We are located in the heart of the country’s oldest state university, the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, founded in 1793. The state of North Carolina, the Research Triangle region, and the community of Chapel Hill are ideally suited to serve as the home of a nationally ranked program in city and regional planning.


We are among the first ten planning education programs in the United States.  The original bases of the Department and its program were ideas  about regionalism (hence the degree, Master of City and Regional Planning), broadly conceived development planning, and the application of social science methods to practical problems of government that were being  explored on the Chapel Hill campus in the 1940’s.


This was the first planning department to be established with its principal university base in the social sciences rather than in architecture or landscape design and to demonstrate the interdisciplinary union of social science, design and engineering.  We have retained and strengthened that social science legacy through the multidisciplinary research and teaching of our faculty.



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