List of Top Urban Design and Planning Schools and Colleges

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Urban design and planning programs are highly interdisciplinary, integrating studies in topics ranging from landscape architecture to public policy. Programs are available at the undergraduate and graduate levels. Students interested in urban design and planning can complete degree programs at the University of Minnesota - Twin Cities, Ohio State University, and Michigan State University. These large, public schools offer multiple degree levels in urban planning and urban studies. They were also ranked among the top public national universities by U.S. News & World Report for 2017.

University of Minnesota - Twin Cities

The University of Minnesota was ranked 26th among public national universities by U.S. News & World Report for 2017. Its undergraduate students can earn a Bachelor of Arts in Urban Studies to learn about public budgeting and nonprofit management. At the graduate level, a Master of Urban and Regional Planning is available to students with a bachelor's degree in a relevant field and an interest in preparing for a variety of urban planning careers in the public, private, and nonprofit sectors. There are also joint- and dual-degree programs in landscape architecture, social work, and civil engineering.

Ohio State University

For 2017, Ohio State was ranked 16th among public national universities by U.S. News & World Report. The university also offers students the opportunity to choose from over 100 study abroad programs in 40 countries.

Its School of Architecture offers bachelor's, master's, and doctoral degree programs in city and regional planning to students interested in urban design. The undergraduate curriculum includes courses in project and policy analysis, city planning history, data analysis, planning communication, and contemporary city planning.

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Michigan State University

For 2017, U.S. News & World Report ranked Michigan State 33rd among public national universities. Students enrolled in programs offered through the university's School of Planning, Design, and Construction can take advantage of school partnerships with the Land Policy Institute and the Center for Community and Economic Development, among other organizations. Available programs include a Bachelor of Science in Urban and Regional Planning, as well as a Master's in Urban and Regional Planning that allows students to specialize their studies in a particular area of interest. Possible graduate focus areas include urban transportation planning, community development, and housing development. A Doctor of Philosophy in Planning, Design, and Construction with a concentration in Urban and Regional Planning is also offered.

Urban Design and Planning Schools

Programs related to urban design and planning are also available at the following schools.

School Name Distinction Location
New York University City planning students have access to dozens of internship opportunities at organizations such as the New York City Council, the Harlem Community Development Corporation, and the New York City Department of City Planning New York, NY
University of Florida Offers a study abroad program in Brazil for urban planning students Gainesville, FL
University of Texas at Austin Community and regional planning program has a nine-to-one student-to-faculty ratio Austin, TX
University of Washington Faculty in the school's Department of Urban Design and Planning have more than 14 research grants bringing in roughly $10 million Seattle, WA

Students who are interested in urban design and planning can find undergraduate and graduate programs in the subject at some of the nation's top public schools.

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