2019 Quick Facts
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    November 30
  • Charisma Acey
  • Nezar AlSayyad
  • Peter Bosselmann
  • Teresa Caldeira
  • Robert Cervero
  • Karen Chapple
  • Daniel G. Chatman
  • Jason Corburn
  • Michael Dear
  • Elizabeth Deakin
  • Malo André Hutson
  • Raymond Lifchez
  • Elizabeth Macdonald
  • John Radke
  • Carolina K. Reid
  • Ananya Roy
  • AnnaLee Saxenian
  • Paul Waddell
  • Jennifer Wolch
  • Karen Frick
  • Michael Smith-Heimer

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City and regional planning lies at a nexus of many disciplines and intellectual traditions. It calls for interdisciplinary synthesis to blend theoretical insights from the social sciences and the natural sciences with urban, planning, and design theories, using these insights to engage communities in facilitating more inclusive, healthier, and more vibrant places. As a founding member of the College of Environmental Design, the Department was grounded in values emphasizing just this sort of synthesis – based on multidisciplinary research and education, critical thinking and inquiry, dialogue between theory and practice, and the importance of collaboration. More than a half century later, the urban future is complex and rapidly changing in ways that make these values ever more relevant. We face challenges ranging from economic instability to climate change, diminishing resources, and deep social inequalities. These dynamics will generate resource scarcity and conflict, but also technological innovation amid a rising tide of social activism – all of which promise to alter the ways in which city and regional planning has conventionally been carried out. Our exceptional, award‑winning faculty tackle urban challenges at scales ranging from local to global. Their work takes them around the world, from Nairobi to São Paulo, from Durban to Beijing, from Singapore to San Francisco. Our undergraduate and graduate programs, as well as faculty research and community service activities, address social justice, equity, and ethics; innovative means of public participation, collective decision making, and advocacy; and ways to reform institutions, urban governance, policy and planning practices. Faculty research harnesses the latest methods and data, ranging from ethnography to sophisticated 3‑D simulations and visualization. Their expertise is diverse, and includes sustainable transportation and land use, economic development, urban health and social policy, environmental assessment and sustainability, global urbanization and poverty, and urban design for livable places. Our collective goal is to create cities, infrastructure, and public services that are sustainable, affordable, healthy, enjoyable, and accessible to all. It is also to sustain a diverse, inclusive, and equitable department. We look forward to a year of intellectual excitement and academic excellence!


BA in Urban Studies: Urban Studies and Planning, Environmental Design Master of City Planning: Environmental Planning and Healthy Cities, Housing, Community, and Economic Development, Transportation Policy and Planning, Urban Design Ph.D. in City

Program Information

Undergraduate Deadlines, Tuition and Fees: • Admission deadline: November 30, 2014 • Financial Aid Deadline: March 2, 2015 • In-state Tuition and Fees, AY 14-15: $7,610.75 per semester • Out-of-State Tuition and Fees AY 14-15: $19,049.75 per • Application Fee: $70, $80 (International) Graduate Deadlines, Tuition and Fees: • Admissions Deadline: December, Check website for • specifics • Financial Aid Deadline: Same as above • In-state Tuition and Fees AY 2014-15 MCP: $7,900.75 per semester • Out of State Tuition and Fees AY 2014-15 MCP: $14,023.25 per semester • In-state Tuition and Fees AY 2014-15 Ph.D.: $7,900.75 per semester • Out of State Tuition and Fees AY 2014-15 Ph.D.: $15,368.75 per semester • Application Fee: U.S./ Domestic Applicants: $80 / International Applicants: $100 • Additional Fees: MCP: $3,000 per semester Professional • Degree Supplemental Tuition (PDST ) For detailed information on tuition and fees, please check

Other Information

Concurrent Masters Degrees with the Following Departments are Offered: Architecture, Landscape Architecture and Environmental Planning, Civil Engineering, Law, Public Health, International and Area Studies.

Other Planning Schools

Georgia Institute of Technology

Atlanta, United States

Vienna University of Technology

Wien, Austria

University of Michigan

Ann Arbor, United States