Guide to Graduate Urban Planning Programs, 7th Edition (PDF)

Planetizen Press

The Essential Resource for Prospective Planning Students

The Planetizen Guide to Graduate Urban Planning Programs (Guide) is the only comprehensive ranking and listing of graduate urban planning programs available. In its 7th 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 95 U.S. master's programs in planning.
  • Profiles of students and professionals showcasing the diversity of fields available with a planning education.
  • An introduction to the various academic and professional paths enabled by the graduate study of planning.
  • Advice for selecting a master's program and applying to graduate school in planning from a professor of urban planning at Harvard University.
  • New research on trends in the planning job market since 2012.

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
    • Top Programs By Region
    • Top Programs Without PhD
    • Top Small Programs
    • Top Programs Allowing Part-Time Study
    • Largest Programs (By Enrollment)
    • Top Suburban Programs
    • Top Small City Programs
    • Top Big City Programs
    • Top Medium City Programs
    • Largest Percentage of Minority Representation
    • Most Alumni
    • Most International Students
    • Most Selective Programs
    • Top Public Programs
    • Top Private Programs
    • Top Programs Offering Online Courses

Focus Your Graduate Program Search:

  • Admissions requirements and statistics
  • Cost of attendance
  • Faculty and student demographics
  • Specializations
  • Career and certification prospects
  • 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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