List of Top Urban Design and Planning Schools and Colleges

Find out about three top schools that offer urban planning and design programs. Read about the rankings and course and degree options that make these schools stand out.

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Students interested in urban design and planning can complete degree programs at the University of Minnesota - Twin Cities and Ohio State University. These large, public, nationally ranked schools offer multiple degree levels in urban planning and urban studies. While the University of Minnesota is ranked slightly lower than Ohio State, Minnesota offers more degree options, including joint degree programs in related fields.

1. University of Minnesota - Twin Cities in Minneapolis, MN

School Highlight: Graduate degrees at this university in Urban and Regional Planning offer students the chance to gain a solid foundation for careers in the public, private and nonprofit sector.

At the undergraduate level, students can earn a Bachelor of Art in Urban Studies. Students learn about public budgeting and nonprofit management. At the graduate level, a Master of Urban and Regional Planning is available to those with a bachelor's degree in a relevant field. There are also joint and dual-degree programs in landscape architecture, social work and civil engineering.

2. Ohio State University in Columbus, OH

School Highlight: This university allows students the opportunity to choose from 100 study abroad programs located in 40 different countries.

The city and regional planning program in the School of Architecture is for students interested in urban design. This major can be completed at the bachelor's and master's degree levels. The undergraduate curriculum includes courses in project and policy analysis in planning, legal and institutional framework for planning, city planning history, data analysis, planning communication and city planning for the contemporary world.

Top Urban Design and Planning Schools

School Name Distinction Location
Michigan State University The university's School of Planning, Design and Construction partners with the Land Policy Institute, the Center for Community & Economic Development, and others East Lansing, MI
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 The university offers a study abroad program in Brazil for urban planning Gainesville, FL
University of Texas at Austin The community and regional planning program at UT-Austin has a 9:1 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
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