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Cal Poly, San Luis Obispo

College of Architecture and Environmental Design

City and Regional Planning Department


About City & Regional Planning

City & Regional Planning at Cal Poly is an integral part of the nationally recognized five department College of Architecture and Environmental Design. The program began in 1968 and has nearly 1,000 graduates (Bachelors and Masters level). The program evolved in the College where the planning laboratory (studio) has been the core of the curriculum. We are proud of the program’s strengths in urban design, land use and environmental planning, and community sustainability.

Students often use the phrase “get an education, get a job, make a difference” when talking about being at Cal Poly. Students take at least one internship in a real planning public agency, private firm, or non-profit organization. This gives all students real world experience, and many times a head start on getting a job in the field after graduation. Students get to work with faculty that have an excellent balance of professional experience and academic preparation, and more importantly are exceptional instructors. Our faculty (regular and adjunct) are involved in environmental planning, urban design, plan implementation, computer mapping, planning information systems, sustainable development, low-cost housing, legal aspects of land use controls, citizen participation, and planning in developing countries.


CRP Department Mission

The City and Regional Planning Department (CRP) promotes sustainable and diverse communities within cultural and human systems. We provide an interdisciplinary professional planning education based on a learn-by-doing approach, community outreach, and applied research to help communities aspire for better, livable places. Click Here to view Department Goals. The award winning City and Regional Planning (CRP) Department is recognized locally and nationally for its educational excellence. In 2000, the American Institute of Certified Planners (AICP) chose the community planning studio course project “Atascadero Colony in the 21st Century” to be the recipient of the national AICP Student Project Award for “best applying the planning process.” Also in 2000, the American Planning Association chose a CRP student to receive an Outstanding Planning Award for Distinguished Leadership by a student planner. This award was based on work related to sustainable planning and advocacy and for local efforts to improve the environment.

California Polytechnic State University’s College of Architecture and Environmental Design (CAED) is committed to being the premier college of the design and building industry in the United States. The five disciplines–City and Regional Planning, Architecture, Landscape Architecture, Architectural Engineering and Construction Management–are a unique combination of environmental design fields. The organization of the CAED reflects the logical affinity among these fields. The CAED offers excellent opportunities to integrate computer technology into coursework.




City University of New York

Hunter College – Urban Affairs and Planning


Hunter College Urban Affairs and Planning (UAP) is a department within the School of Arts and Sciences at Hunter College. The department offers two graduate degrees, an accredited Master in Urban Planning degree, and a Master of Science in Urban Affairs degree. Both programs combine theory and practice in order to provide students with an in-depth understanding and appreciation of urban planning and policy. UAP also offers an undergraduate urban studies major that prepares students for higher education and careers in public service.

Since its creation by advocacy planner Paul Davidoff, in 1965, the department has consistently upheld a vision of urban affairs and planning as a multi-disciplinary field. In keeping with this vision, the department’s faculty members represent a wide range of disciplines including architecture, economics, political science, public policy, social work, urban planning, and public health. They collectively bring a wealth of academic and professional expertise to their teaching. The program also benefits greatly from a distinguished part-time faculty who bring practical experience and knowledge in both public and non-profit sectors into the classroom. Graduates from our programs go on to careers in the public, non-profit, and private sectors. A small number go on to doctoral programs to continue their education.

Whether you are interested in the undergraduate urban studies major, an MS degree, an MUP or one of the concurrent degrees, UAP offers prospective students an unmatched combination of coursework, research, critical and analytical thinking, community engagement, and professional development opportunities.

We invite you to explore our website and learn more about us!




University of California, Berkeley

College of Environmental Design

Department of Landscape Architecture & Environmental Planning



The Department has produced both leading practitioners and cutting-edge research in the field since its founding in 1913. Our program focuses on the design, management, renewal, and restoration of landscapes across a range of scales, from urban plazas to wilderness areas. We teach students to apply social and ecological sciences and harness their knowledge of plant and construction materials, to design, plan, and build landscapes that responsibly serve both society and the environment in the long term.

Field study is an important supplement to the classroom, and thus as part of their experience students attend community meetings, stomp through streams, characterize urban vegetation, visit construction sites, and sketch Bay Area landscapes. With the aid of research and endowment funds, our field studies have included projects throughout California and the U.S., Mexico, Egypt, France, Portugal, Thailand, Japan, Korea, Ecuador, and China.

Our multidisciplinary faculty have backgrounds in design, science, and planning, grounded in an understanding of urban landscape evolution. Their research includes the design of innovative public spaces from small scale green spaces, streetscapes, and public plazas and parks, to planning for ecological infrastructure, resource-efficient community design, urban forestry and environmental restoration, and landscape ecology. Drawing upon the rich resources of the Berkeley campus as a whole, the department prepares students for leadership positions in private design firms, public agencies, and non-profit organizations. Our graduates also hold teaching positions at leading institutions around the world.

Please join us for an adventurous intellectual experience!




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 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.




University of Hawaii

Department of Urban and Regional Planning


Chair’s Message

Welcome to the Department of Urban and Regional Planning (DURP) where we celebrate over 36 years of planning education.

With a fully accredited Master of Urban and Regional Planning (MURP) degree, a PhD in Urban and Regional Planning, a Certificate in Planning Studies, a Professional Certificate in Urban and Regional Planning and a Certificate in Disaster Management & Humanitarian Assistance, our students are enjoying a highly rated graduate and professional education.

Our faculty and students are engaged in both funded and non-funded research and community service locally and throughout the Pacific and Asia. We have been successful in preparing planners to work in the public, private and non-profit sectors with 100% of our students finding employment in a variety of fields. We hope you will visit our campus and see the exciting work that our DURP family is engaged in.




University of Cincinnati

School of Planning


What is Planning?

The tradition of the school is to train professionals for distinguished practice and spatially-based systems approaches with a focus on “livable places,” that is, on “communities that enrich people’s lives.” Each of the four SOP programs provides a particular perspective and offers specific course work about the planning and design of innovative futures. Collectively, courses in the School of Planning reflect a comprehensive approach to the social, physical, economic, environmental, political, health and legal aspects of the study and planning of communities from local, regional, and global perspectives.

The School of Planning at the University of Cincinnati offers outstanding academic and professional preparation for a career in planning. One of the largest academic planning units in the country, the 14 full-time faculty members and rich array of adjuncts supervise the only school or department in the United States offering an accredited undergraduate planning degree with required cooperative education, an accredited master’s degree offered with a number of options and a doctoral degree in planning. The faculty is well-balanced, with an excellent record of scholarship, significant professional practice and highly visible service and outreach.

Certificates are also available in: Historic Preservation, GIS, Horticulture, Urban Design and Urban Planning. In addition, many planning graduate students take the graduate certificate in Real Estate.

Career Preparation Second to None

The faculty and staff are also dedicated to providing their students with the best possible learning environment, both intellectually and professionally, and the school is proud to be student centered.




University of Toronto Scarborough

Department of Geography and Planning

Welcome to the Department of Human Geography at the University of Toronto Scarborough.


Human Geography is one of the most exciting and innovative fields in the social sciences today. It is crucial to understanding the massive changes happening in the world today, including urbanization, human-induced environmental changes, growing inequality, and intensifying migration and displacement. It is an integrative discipline which examines the spatial differentiation and unevenness produced by political, economic, socio-cultural, and environmental factors and processes, at the full range of spatial scales from the body to the family, neighbourhood, community, city region, country, and globe.

Our department is an award-winning group of faculty who combine active and productive research programs with teaching innovation and excellence.

All our programs focus on teaching the core skills of critical thinking, qualitative and quantitative research methods and analysis, and excellence in writing.

Degrees in Human Geography and City Studies prepare students to be thoughtful and knowledgeable local and global citizens at the same time as developing important career skills in research, writing, and evidence-based examination of many of the pressing issues facing communities and the world today. Human Geography and City Studies graduates are well prepared for a wide range of careers, and our alumni have found successful careers in government, business, publishing, urban planning and development, community development, teaching, and policy analysis, among many others.

Our programs include the Major and Minor Programs in Human Geography, Major Program in Human and Physical Geography, Major and Co-op Major Programs in City Studies. Our new Minor Program in GIS can be combined with these and other programs, and provides a thorough introduction to the use and analysis of digital spatial data, spatial analysis, and mapping.

We welcome students with a diverse range of backgrounds and interests. Please don’t hesitate to contact me, any of our faculty, or Ben Pottruff our Undergraduate Program Advisor, if you have any questions.


André Sorensen

Professor and Chair

Department of Human Geography

University of Toronto Scarborough




The University of British Colombia

School of Community and Regional Planning

SCARP’s Mission:

To advance the transition to sustainability through excellence in integrated policy and planning research, professional education and community service.


SCARP’s Vision:

Sustainability through the Democratization of Planning.


The School’s program is shaped by five critical challenges confronting both students and practitioners of our profession:

  1. Give practical meaning to the concept of ecologically sustainable social and economic development.

The integration of our teaching, research, capacity building and practice is oriented to providing the knowledge and skills required to ensure the viability of our communities and regions in a rapidly evolving world. Adapting to global ecological change and economic rationalization requires a new generation of planners who are dedicated both to understanding the issues and acting to resolve them in a wide variety of public and private settings.


  1. Bring new understanding to the interdependencies of the variables that affect the design and planning of the built environment.

Explore the development and use of “natural capital,” and the creation of wealth generally. Professional planning must better reflect both the biophysical stage upon which we mount our socioeconomic play and the lead roles performed by cultural values and aesthetics in meeting the needs of the human spirit. To meet this challenge, planners must acquire a sense of confident familiarity with diverse forms and sources of knowledge and develop the facility to use that knowledge in integrated development planning.

  1. Advance society’s capacity for strategic thought and action.

What institutional arrangements can best assimilate our new knowledge and implement responsive policies and plans? In an era of deregulation and privatization, what new tools for governance are needed to protect the public interest and enhance the “common-pool” assets upon which we all depend? Answering such questions requires planners skilled at identifying feasible options, structuring decision processes, and identifying the inevitable trade-offs and long-term consequences inherent in all significant public policy choices.

  1. Increase planners’ effectiveness in working with diverse interests in the communities and regions where people live and work.

It is at this scale that planning most directly affects the conditions of everyday life, whether through urban design, community economic development, or natural resource enhancement. The most effective planners are a rare breed of inspired visionaries whose vision is tempered by sensitive flexibility and respect for practical reality.

  1. Maintain professional standards in all circumstances.

Professionalism requires many kinds of technical competence and personal skills: technical knowledge; analytical skills; communication skills; participatory leadership; sensitivity to others in complex organizational settings; sound judgement; ethical commitment, and a sense of responsibility.

We believe that facing these challenges requires life-long learning rooted in personal commitment and nourished by superior graduate education. Providing this nourishment is the role and responsibility of our School.




University at Buffalo, The State University of New York

Buffalo School of Architecture and Planning

Department of Urban and Regional Planning

Engage in our city and region

Study in Buffalo is distinctive, because we engage you in our city and region. In your studies with us, you become involved with city governments and neighborhood groups, urban and rural environments, citizens and leaders, and the challenges they face: both troubling problems and fascinating opportunities. We do this through class exercises, internships or independent study, and final thesis or project, and especially through our client-based workshops, which we call “studios.”

In studio, our students have planned a wind energy project on former industrial property by Lake Erie—and it has now been built. For a neighborhood group, they prepared a proposal for an African-American Heritage Corridor, linking the avenue’s fine architecture, historic churches, jazz heritage, and sites from the underground railway. For a fast-growing suburban townships, they have prepared proposals for integrating pathways, parks, stream corridors, wetlands, and land-development regulations into a rich open space network.   For an old industrial neighborhood marked with monumental waterfront grain elevators, they have proposed an award-winning plan for revitalization that builds on the industrial heritage.  For a rural county, they have proposed policies that take advantage of wilderness, small town character, and skiing for tourism opportunities.  And for a nonprofit organization owning a plethora of railway cars and memorabilia, and they are planning a national-scale railway heritage attraction.

Take your scholarship global with faculty who are international leaders in their fields

If these activities entice you, Buffalo is a great place to experience them!  In view of the extensive relationships we have with local agencies, municipalities, and groups, you as our students have unparalleled access to learning by engagement.  And in this learning, you will be taught by faculty nationally recognized for research and scholarship in their fields. While learning with the Buffalo area as your living laboratory, you will be taught by faculty that also has extensive international experience.  Our faculty members have backgrounds of involvement in places as widespread as the Baltic states and the Caribbean states, China and India, and Europe and Southeast Asia. We infuse our study of locality with international awareness.

Become a part of our diverse and lively community

Adding to international character are our students: about 30% regularly coming from abroad.  And our domestic students will find that our faculty and students reflect America’s complexity and diversity. Our school is deeply committed to fostering a diverse and inclusive learning environment.

Collaborate across the disciplines, from architecture to public health to law

We are also distinguished by close collaborative relationships with our neighboring Department of Architecture. Though most of our students progress very well with undergraduate studies in sciences, humanities or social sciences, others come with a background or interest in design and can, therefore, benefit from involvement with our architecture-neighbors. Our faculty also work closely with leading researchers at UB and other universities in fields as diverse as public health, medicine, law and geography.

Study at a top-ranked program under internationally distinguished faculty – all at a reasonable price

In comparative rankings, we are among the major urban and regional planning programs in the Northeast, including ones in the Ivy Leagues. With PhD degrees from the finest institutions, our faculty is selected for national and international achievement in planning. You learn knowing that our Master of Urban Planning has the Planning Accreditation Board’s full accreditation—the standard that all professional planners recognize. Yet for New York State residents we can offer this education at reasonable state tuition. And for the majority of our students (55% as of last count) we can offer scholarships, teaching assistantships, research assistantships, and stipends.




Iowa State University

Department of Community and Regional Planning


What is Planning?


The profession of planning exists to help communities manage changes to their economy, environment and quality of life through recommendations such as the use of public transit systems, development of walkable communities, development of affordable housing, sustainable practices, or historic preservation. Planners work to make communities more livable by regulating land use, creating design guidelines, or developing finance packages while working to ensure that all members of the community are involved and represented.

The Department of Community and Regional Planning at Iowa State University is one of the nation’s largest and longest-established planning programs, and one of only 16 accredited undergraduate planning programs in the United States. The department has an outstanding international faculty committed to excellence in the teaching of planning at both undergraduate and graduate levels.

We are dedicated to working with students to develop the skills and experience to become practicing planning professionals in a variety of contexts. Students learn about land-use planning and zoning, environmental planning, transportation planning, site planning and urban design. Students regularly work with real communities to understand the challenges and achievements of planning.

We also undertake high-quality research on behalf of federal and state government, business, the nonprofit sector and other funding agencies, all of which feeds into the courses we teach. This is combined with strong linkages to planning practice and other professions, which ensures our graduates are fully prepared for exciting careers in planning, urban and regional governance, and a wide range of related activities.



Disaster Planning Academic Programs



Columbia University

Graduate School of Architecture, Planning and Preservation


The Graduate School of Architecture, Planning and Preservation at Columbia University combines pioneering disciplinary experimentation with an uncompromising engagement with the world and the urgent questions of our time. Located in the heart of the Columbia Morningside campus in one of the most vibrant global cities in the world, the GSAPP is committed to imagining a future where architecture and cities are reinvented and recast in a more symbiotic relationship with the environment.

As a leader in shaping the fields of architecture and the built environment, Columbia’s GSAPP explores questions of global practice and fosters the development of new forms of design research and scholarship, opening up new territories for more meaningful practices of architecture and the design of cities, in an expanded field and within a context of social and environmental concerns. In t

his synthetic moment, the GSAPP draws together the geographical question of “where” with the temporal question of “when,” making visible the processes of rapid urbanization in a time of climate change. We bring these questions to bear on the thinking and design of everything, from the scale of a brick to that of a city.

At the GSAPP, we believe that the expanded disciplines of architecture and urbanism—as well as the redesigned figures of architects, urban planners, environmental and urban designers, real estate developers, preservationists, critics, and curators—are all formed through relentless probing and focused exploration toward the creation of new relationships, understandings and hierarchies with radically different consequences for research and practice as well as for the future of architecture, cities, and the environment.

All of our programs strive to offer the highest standards of expertise and knowledge combined with a generous and open-ended form of education, where long established curricula not only respond to the constant transformation of the world around us, but are also designed to give both faculty and students the means to lead this transformation. With a deep commitment to experimentation that weaves together cutting edge skills with incisive critical thinking, Columbia’s GSAPP is a laboratory for learning, where students and faculty engage one another in a spirit of intellectual respect and support. We do not believe that schools exist to prepare students for the world, but rather that the world is always already here, inflecting everything we do—from design studios to seminars, and from spaces of discussion and debate to laboratories for research and making. As such, our students believe they can contribute to the shaping of the world from the moment they arrive.

As a spatial network, Columbia’s GSAPP brings together a highly diverse group of people, faculty, and students from around the world at our locations in various cities and across continents. In New York, the School’s long commitment to engaging the city’s endlessly vibrant and condensed life continues to provide a strong context for understanding our industrialized past while imagining alternative futures. Through its global network of Studio-X locations, the school offers a generous infrastructure through which to imagine new pedagogical models: undermining notions of center-periphery and promoting relational thinking as both students and faculty navigate this expanded notion of what a school of architecture and the built environment can be. Engaging with these various sites and collaborating with our Studio-X Directors, new knowledge is produced that expands the canon of architectural and urban thinking, simultaneously opening up possibilities for new lines of inquiry and forms of practice.

Acting as a glue that binds our diverse programs and research interests together are the Centers and Labs, which are led by faculty and focused on various forms of research into the past, present, and future of architecture, cities, the environment, and technology. Many of these investigations enable a feedback loop between teaching and research, where faculty interests create a context for student explorations. Research at the GSAPP not only cuts across the various programs, it extends the school’s focus beyond its own walls to connect to other schools and institutes on Columbia’s campus.

Events, Exhibitions, and Publications constitute the heart of the GSAPP’s engagement with the public sphere. Through its vibrant events and programming, the school becomes a platform for discussion, debate, and the exchange of ideas in New York and across our Studio-X network, percolating ideas back through every studio, classroom, and workshop. The Ross Architecture Gallery and our publishing imprint, GSAPP Books, act in tandem to further question and expand the canon of architectural and urban education, bridging faculty research and student curiosity with original research into moments of architectural and urban history, often theorized and presented for the first time to international audiences through the highest levels of curatorial and critical practices.

Finally, Columbia’s GSAPP is best described as a coming together of the most outstanding and diverse faculty — spanning a gradient from pure scholarship to pure practice, with many hybrid models in between — and an equally creative and dynamic body of students. Our students bring together endless curiosity, talent, incurable optimism, and a sense of entrepreneurship, rendering them leaders in the field as they continue to strive to change the world.




The New School

Milano School of International Affairs, Management, and Urban Policy


Innovative, Action-Oriented, and Engaged

The Milano School is widely recognized for its innovative approach to educating leaders who make a measurable difference. Its activities focus on addressing complex real-world problems in cities, organizations, and communities. Milano’s approach is both comparative and global, with a commitment to the achievement of a just and equitable world.

Milano blends critical theory with hands-on practice, progressive thinking with social engagement, and research with reflection in action. The unparalleled faculty of scholars and practitioners engage in multidisciplinary, critical approaches that challenge prevailing wisdom. Milano graduates lead public, private, and nongovernmental institutions around the world and in New York City.

The Milano School’s Center for New York City Affairs and the Observatory on Latin America conduct applied research and convene public programs, promoting dialogue on pressing issues of interest.




University of Washington

Department of Urban Design and Planning

Master of Urban Planning Program


Our Mission

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.

The Professional Master’s Degree Program

The Master of Urban Planning (MUP) is the usual educational credential for professional planning practice. It is normally a two-year, or six-quarter program. Requirements for undertaking graduate-level study include a satisfactory academic record and undergraduate training in one of a variety of disciplines including urban planning and environmental design or other appropriate fields, such as geography, economics, or other social sciences; English and other humanities; civil engineering and environmental studies; landscape architecture and architecture.



Demography, Poverty and Immigration Focused Academic Programs



University of Southern California

Bachelor of Policy, Planning, and Development at the Price School of Public Policy


The mission of the USC Sol Price School of Public Policy is to improve the quality of life for people and their communities, here and abroad.

We achieve this mission through education and research that promote innovative solutions to the most critical issues facing society.

In today’s world of dynamic change and globalization, social challenges have become increasingly complex. Solving society’s most pressing issues – including sustainability and the environment, healthcare reform, immigration, infrastructure, urban development, social planning and policy, affordable housing and governance – now requires innovation and collaboration. These issues call for leaders who are able to move beyond their areas of expertise and work across the public, private and nonprofit sectors to find vital solutions.

Through its interdisciplinary approach, the school educates students to serve as innovators – and leaders – in their field. The school’s degree programs draw on the expertise of faculty and practicing professionals to create a learning environment whose breadth and depth sets the Price School apart from all schools of its kind. In 2012, the school ranked sixth nationwide among “America’s Best Graduate Schools” for public affairs, according to U.S. News & World Report.

At the Price School, students receive an enriching education that:

  • Combines social sciences, professional expertise, and the resources of a great research university to offer students breadth, depth, and variety as they pursue their interests and design their programs.
  • Centers on and values the relationships that develop between students and teachers.
  • Offers both academic and relevant real-world experiences, and draws widely on the expertise of networks of engaged counselors, advisors, alumni, and prominent professionals.
  • Encourages innovation, entrepreneurship, experimentation, and collaboration.
  • Fosters a multidisciplinary and problem-solving ethic.
  • Focuses broadly and inclusively on the issues, constituencies, structures, and institutions engaged in public life – in both governance and the built environment.
  • Utilizes the City of Los Angeles and the greater Southern California region as a living laboratory in which to learn and put into practice the lessons of the classroom.




University of Minnesota

Urban and Regional Planning Program at Hubert H. Humphrey School of Public Affairs


Planning is the professional discipline that seeks to influence how neighborhoods, cities, and regions develop.

Planners bring together knowledge and expertise from sociology, engineering, law, architecture, social work, biology, landscape architecture, urban design, and other disciplines to shape cities and regions.

A Specially Designed Urban Planning Graduate Program

The Master of Urban and Regional Planning (MURP) degree program is designed to produce professionals able to think across fields of expertise to see and act upon the links among environmental systems, land use and transportation systems, infrastructure development, and housing and community development. The urban planning graduate program provides the technical and analytical skills needed to think strategically about developing and implementing plans at the neighborhood, city, or regional level.

As a planner, you can work for positive change by using your skills to help build cities, tackle urban sprawl, upgrade housing, protect the environment, design regional institutions, and promote economic development.

What Our Master of Urban and Regional Planning Degree Graduates Do

Planners from our urban planning graduate program work for government agencies, nonprofit organizations, and private consulting firms. Urban and regional planners work to improve communities by preserving and enhancing quality-of-life, protecting the natural-built environment, promoting equity and equality, improving services to all the communities that make up cities and regions, and promoting efficient and sustainable growth and development.




University of Illinois

Department of Urban and Regional Planning


The University of Illinois has a long and rich history in the training of urban and regional planners, dating back to 1913 when Charles Mulford Robinson, one of the era’s most distinguished planners, was appointed Professor of Civic Design in the University’s Landscape Architecture Division. At that time, only the University of Illinois and Harvard University offered courses in urban planning. In 1945 the University authorized a master’s degree in urban planning, and in 1953 an undergraduate degree was established. Both programs were offered in the Department of Landscape Architecture until 1965, when the Department of Urban Planning became its own academic unit. The Department established the Ph.D in Regional Planning in 1983.

The Department of Urban and Regional Planning is one of the largest planning programs in the U.S., and it is one of very few programs that offers three degrees: a Bachelor of Arts in Urban Planning, a Master of Urban Planning, and a Doctor of Philosophy in Regional Planning. It also offers a Minor in Urban Planning, as well as joint master’s degree options, including with Law, Architecture, and Landscape Architecture. The size of the planning faculty, and the Department’s presence on an Urbana campus with eleven colleges, nearly 3,000 faculty, 41,000 students, and over $330 million in funded research annually means that Illinois planning students have an extraordinarily rich array of learning and research opportunities available to them.

Located in the College of Fine and Applied Arts along with the School of Architecture and Department of Landscape Architecture, the Department of Urban and Regional Planning includes design components in its curricula through its own teaching and via linkages with those units while providing a planning education with firm roots in the social and policy sciences. The Planetizen 2012 Guide to Graduate Urban Planning Programs ranks Illinois among the top five programs in the United States and the leading planning program in the Midwest.



Community Planning Academic Programs

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.