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Florida State University

Department of Urban and Regional Planning  


The Florida State University Department of Urban and Regional Planning (DURP) is Florida’s oldest and largest graduate planning program. Founded in 1965, DURP has been a leader in planning education for decades and shaped planning practice in a state internationally known for innovations in the areas of comprehensive planning, emergency management, land conservation, urban design, public health, and the transportation-land use nexus.


The Combined Bachelor’s/Master’s Degree Program in Urban and Regional Planning allows academically talented FSU undergraduates to complete a Bachelor’s degree in any major and a Master’s of Science in Planning (MSP) degree in less time than it would take to complete each degree separately. Students who are accepted into the combined degree program may take up to 12 credit hours of graduate courses in Urban and Regional Planning. These credits will count toward completion of both their Bachelor’s degree and MSP degree upon admission to the MSP program. The combined degree program thus allows students the opportunity to take a more challenging set of courses and begin their graduate studies early.




University of Texas

Graduate Program in Community and Regional Planning

School of Architecture


The Graduate Program in Community and Regional Planning (CRP) at The University of Texas at Austin has a strong focus on sustainable development processes and practices. We seek development paths that balance growth with improved environmental performance, while expanding opportunities for all segments of the community. These principles inform our curricula and research. CRP faculty and students are involved in an array of innovative research and practice activities in sustainability through our major research center – the Center for Sustainable Development.




The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill

Department of City and Regional Planning


The Department of City and Regional Planning  is one of the largest, oldest, and best known programs of graduate planning education and research in North America. It was founded in 1946 to demonstrate the practical application of social science methods to problems of government and the interdisciplinary union of social science, design and engineering. It was the first planning program in the nation with its principal university base in the social sciences rather than in landscape design or architecture. It has retained and strengthened its legacy while expanding the breadth and depth of its programs to include a full range of graduate planning study.




Colombia University

Planning and Preservation Urban Planning Program

Graduate School of Architecture


The Urban Planning Program has as its mission the education of individuals in the (1) fundamental economic and political processes that shape the built environment of cities, (2) ways in which governments, community-based organizations, private sector actors, and political mobilizations produce and influence these processes, and (3) crafting of collective efforts to improve the quality of life of city residents. The tensions among market forces, civil society, and the goals of planning are of major concern. Particular attention is given to the importance of expert knowledge and the quest for social justice.


In pursuit of these goals, the program focuses on the ideas and techniques developed by planners and social activists since the emergence of the planning profession in the early twentieth century. To this, the faculty adds knowledge from the social sciences, architecture and urban design, historic preservation, and the humanities.




Pratt Institute School of Architecture

City and Regional Planning Program

Graduate Programs for Planning and Sustainable Development Department


The mission of the graduate City and Regional 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.


Pratt’s vision is to achieve distinction as one of the nation’s most practice-based, interdisciplinary, and innovative city planning programs. It aims to: promote independent and collaborative work on behalf of social and environmental justice, local communities, and innovative urbanism.




Iowa State University

Community and Regional Planning Department


Community and regional planning is a field of study aimed at understanding the ever-changing socioeconomic and physical environments of our communities and planning for their future. Planners evaluate and seize opportunities to solve problems. Planners work at multiple levels, and they are concerned with issues that affect every corner of the world: the preservation and enhancement of the quality of life in a community, the protection of the environment, the promotion of equitable economic opportunity; and the management of growth and change of all kinds.




The University of Michigan

Urban and Regional Planning Program

  1. Alfred Taubman College of Architecture and Urban Planning


Taubman College Master of Urban Planning students produce award-winning work  engaging and assessing real-world planning challenges in partnership with community, government or other organizations. Each student will complete a Capstone course that culminates in a final group presentation and plan given to an audience of peers and project clients.

Through visiting professors and lecturers of various educational backgrounds and professional experiences, students are introduced to new ideas and opportunities. Field-study and community outreach are essential aspects of the Program. Students may participate in Expanded Horizons, an on-site field study, and serve Detroit neighborhoods through the Detroit Community Partnership Center, Michigan Neighborhood AmeriCorps Program and the Department of Housing and Urban Development Community Development Work Study Program. Students publish Agora, the Planning and Urban Design student journal, and run the Urban Planning Student Association.




University of New Mexico

Community and Regional Planning

School of Architecture and Planning


The MCRP degree program is a two-year course of study designed to allow students to pursue a concentration consistent with their professional objectives.  Three concentrations are offered: Community Development, Natural Resources and Environmental Planning, and Physical Planning and Design. The completion of a concentration allows students to match academic interests with potential employment opportunities.




Illinois University

Department of Urban and Regional Planning


The mission of the BAUP program is to provide an excellent liberal arts education and to prepare intellectually grounded students for careers in planning and planning-related fields. More broadly, the BAUP major aims to prepare entry level professional planners who are also capable of pursuing graduate study in planning and related fields and to growing into leaders in their professions.


The mission of the MUP program is to prepare students to become leading practitioners in the planning profession. The MUP program seeks to provide students with a deep intellectual grounding in specific knowledge areas and preparation in advanced skills and techniques of planning.


The Ph.D. Program in Regional Planning educates scholars for positions in leading universities and research institutions. It builds a strong foundation of planning and social science theories, advanced research methods and design, and expertise in a chosen specialization.




Wayne State University

Department of Urban Studies and Planning


The Department of Urban Studies and Planning offers a range of degree programs and courses that are at the forefront of WSU’s urban mission. The undergraduate degree in Urban Studies places an emphasis on building a firm theoretical and practical understanding of cities and communities across the globe. The Master of Urban Planning degree, recently rated as one of the leading programs in the nation, offers a challenging curriculum focusing on the condition, problems, and opportunities in urban America.




Texas Southern University

School of Public Affairs

Department of Urban Planning & Environmental Policy


The mission of our program is to train policy-oriented planners and environmental policy analysts for leadership positions in planning and environmental policy-related organizations, with special emphasis on issues of significance to the communities and regions of the Southwest. The goal of the program is to equip future professionals with analytical and policy formulation skills that will enable them to address with vision and foresight, the current and future environmental problems caused by our impact on the environment. Students will be prepared to be professional planners, environmental policy and community development specialists prepared to help solve the pressing urban and environmental problems of our city, the region, the nation, and the world. Our MUPEP program is the only accredited planning program in the Greater Houston region and the fourth accredited planning program in the State of Texas. It was first accredited in 2009. Recently it was awarded a seven year re-accreditation to December 31, 2018 (the longest period allowable) by the Planning Accreditation Board (PAB).




University of Washington

Department of Urban Design and Planning

Our core mission is to develop a community of inquiry, learning, and practice that helps urban regions to become more livable, just, economically effective, and environmentally sound through a democratic process of urban design and planning.


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