Guide to Graduate Urban Planning Programs, 6th Edition (PDF)

Planetizen Press

The Essential Resource for Prospective Planning Students

The Planetizen Guide to Graduate Urban Planning Programs is the only comprehensive ranking and listing of graduate urban planning programs available. In its 6th edition, the guide is exhaustively researched by the staff of Planetizen. Thousands of students have used the Guide to inform their decision on which graduate programs to apply to, and ultimately, attend.

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  • Detailed Profiles of 97 Graduate Urban Planning Programs in the United States
  • Profiles of Planning Students and Professionals
  • Advice for Selecting a Planning Program and Applying to Graduate School
  • Introduction to Graduate Study in the Field of Urban Planning
  • The 6th Edition of the Planetizen Guide to Graduate Urban Planning Programs is published with data collected and analyzed in 2019.

Comprehensive Rankings:

  • Top 25 Ranked Schools for Urban Planning Programs
  • Best Schools by Region (Midwest, Northeast, South, and West)
  • Top 25 Programs According to Educators
  • Additional rankings
  1. Top Programs By Region
  2. Top Programs Without PhD
  3. Top Small Programs
  4. Top Programs Allowing Part-Time Study
  5. Largest Programs (By Enrollment)
  6. Top Suburban Programs
  7. Top Small City Programs
  8. Top Big City Programs
  9. Largest Percentage of Minority Representation
  10. Most Alumni
  11. Most International Students
  12. Top Public Programs
  13. Most Selective Programs
  14. Top Private Programs
  15. Top Programs Offering Online Courses

Narrow Down Your Graduate Program Search:

  • Admissions Requirements and Statistics
  • Cost of Attendance
  • Faculty and Student Demographics
  • Specializations
  • Study Abroad Opportunities

Hear From:

  • Current grad students, with advice on what to look for in a program
  • Practicing professionals, revealing how they made the most of their graduate studies
  • A planning professor, who explains how to launch your planning career
  • Planetizen's editorial staff, on why one would choose a career in urban planning


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