Planetizen Schools Directory

Academic Programs in Urban Planning and Related Fields

Boston University

Master of City Planning

Metropolitan College
Department of Applied Social Sciences

Do you want to play an important role in planning for urban and regional development? Would a master’s degree in city planning help with internal advancement—or a new career? And, would you like to study at a respected global university, in the heart of one of the world’s most vibrant urban centers?

Consider the Master of City Planning (MCP) degree program at Boston University’s Metropolitan College.

Boston University’s MCP program prepares students for a wide variety of professional roles in planning for urban and regional development. It provides graduates with the core theories and methodologies crucial to any urban and regional planning professional, as well as solid preparation for specialized career options.

Core courses and electives cover a variety of critical themes in urban planning, including:

  • Environmental planning
  • Urban climate change
  • Transportation planning
  • Land use
  • Planning law
  • Housing and community development
  • Urban design

The City Planning program is available on a full- or part-time evening basis, and can be completed in two years of full-time study.

About Boston University, Metropolitan College, and studying urban affairs in Boston.

Ranked 42nd among National Universities and 37th among Global Universities by U.S. News & World Report, Boston University is among the world’s top academic and research institutions. Faculty members at BU are thoroughly experienced practitioners, educators, researchers, and innovators in their fields. Our campus is home to several world-class research centers, including the Initiative on Cities (co-founded by former Boston Mayor Thomas Menino), and the Frederick S. Pardee Center for the Study of the Longer-Range Future.

As one of BU’s 17 degree-granting schools and colleges, Metropolitan College offers more than 60 undergraduate and graduate programs in evening, online, and blended formats. In addition to learning from an award-winning faculty of scholars and practitioners, MET students study alongside accomplished professionals, network with peers, and gain access to an invaluable network of local and global alumni.

Boston is an ideal place to study city planning and urban affairs. Centuries-old buildings, cobblestone lanes, and the oldest subway system in the country share space with contemporary new structures--and even parks designed over major highways. Moreover, we match the breadth and substance of our courses with a program that’s unparalleled in its flexibility, giving our students a fulfilling and challenging learning experience without disrupting your professional engagements.

Community Development
Environmental/Sustainability Planning
Land Use/Physical Planning
Land Use/Planning Law
Transportation Planning
Urban Design
Urban/City Planning
Other programs at Boston University