Master of Urban Planning Concentrations

Students are strongly encouraged to develop a depth of specialized expertise in one or more subfields of planning. There are four recommended concentrations that are aligned with faculty expertise. However, rather than formally requiring concentration tracks, the faculty has consciously decided to maintain flexibility so that students can work with their faculty advisor to design a concentration tailored to their specific interests and learning goals. Students are required to specify their concentration in a plan of study (pdf form in the Appendix) in consultation with their academic advisor.

Students can also opt to pursue the Transnational Planning Stream as a complement to their concentration to enhance their career options.

* The list of recommended courses for each concentration is only illustrative; we cannot guarantee that any will be offered while you are studying in the program. The department will try to offer at least one course from each of the recommended course categories (foundations, methods, applications, and electives) in each of the concentrations.

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...

Transportation Planning

Transportation is at the heart of many of the most pressing societal issues we face today, including air quality, global climate change, energy, public health, regional mobility, and equitable access to opportunity. Transportation planners address these challenges by creating plan and policies to move people and goods in efficient, equitable, and sustainable ways. This process involved preparing regional plans, evaluating and prioritizing transportation projects, and assessing the economic, social, and environmental impacts of plans and projects. 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...

Land Use & Environmental Planning

The Land Use and Environmental Planning concentration offers students a variety of paths to specialize including, in land use planning, in environmental planning, or at the intersection of land use and environmental planning. By specializing in land use planning, students will develop an understanding of the theories, ideas, and analytical skills important to understanding and managing land use and physical development. By specializing in environmental planning, students will develop an understanding of the interdependencies between the natural and the physical environment, and how management of one affects the other. Read More...

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