Master of Urban Planning Concentrations

MUP concentrations are designed to be flexible. There are four recommended concentrations that are aligned with faculty expertise. But, students can also work with their faculty adviser to design a concentration tailored to their specific interests and learning goals. Students can opt to pursue the Transnational Planning Stream as a complement to their concentration to enhance their career options.

Community Development for Social Justice

Community development planners seek to improve the quality of life in low-income neighborhoods, communities and countries, through empowerment, capacity building, and community-based generation of wealth and asset control. Community development embraces initiatives such as local neighborhood development planning groups, grassroots self-reliant strategies, social movements, participatory planning processes, and advocacy and equity planning. Read More...

Land Use & Transportation Planning

Land use and transportation planners envision future patterns of development and design of the transportation infrastructure networks that will serve them. They work to improve accessibility, reduce congestion, mitigate the environmental impacts of development, and support sustainable and livable communities by preparing urban and regional comprehensive plans, resource plans, transportation plans, ordinances, and local, regional and state policies. Read More...

Local & Regional Economic Development

Economic development planners work to strengthen the short- and long-run economic performance and prosperity of cities and regions. They work to redress problems of local and regional economic distress, unemployment, and poverty, as well as to ensure--through the workings of a viable local economy--sufficient public sector revenues to finance community services such as schools, roads, parks, public safety and affordable housing. Read More...

Sustainable Design & Development

Sustainable design and development planning involves preparing land use plans, site plans, and urban designs that use a minimum of nonrenewable energy, produce a minimum of pollution and wastes, and cost a minimum of energy dollars, while increasing the comfort, health, and safety of residents and workers in regions, cities, urban and rural areas. Read More...

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