Planetizen Schools Directory

Academic Programs in Urban Planning and Related Fields

Boston University

Master of City Planning

Metropolitan College
Department of Applied Social Sciences

Boston University presents students with the opportunity to study at one of the world’s top research institutions. Faculty members who are working experts and researchers in their fields use real-world case studies, allowing students to deeply immerse themselves in present-day and historical urban issues, hone their analytical and communications, and participate in a range of city projects.

In the Madison Park Housing Energy Efficiency project, our students teamed up with a local community development corporation to research behavior patterns related to energy consumption. The group’s ultimate objective was to provide improved information and incentives for both landlord and tenants in order to reduce the cost of energy and increase efficiency. Students have also partnered with the Codman Square Neighborhood Development Corporation (CSNDC) to propose a future site that included a new community-friendly space, raised gardening beds, a tot lot, and a building to house classrooms and demonstration kitchens. More recently, BU students developed a comprehensive plan for (CSNDC) to help the community manage neighborhood transformations triggered by Boston’s dynamic housing market. Additionally, former Boston mayor Thomas Menino has partnered with BU on the Initiative on Cities, which aims to shed light on how city governance and management can support and influence positive development in cities across the globe.

Boston is an ideal city in which to study city planning and urban affairs—centuries-old buildings, cobblestone lanes, and the oldest subway system in the country share space with newly built structures and parks that have been built over major highways. Students who attend City Planning and Urban Affairs programs at Metropolitan College can opt for a full- or part-time schedule with evening classes or daytime electives. Our graduates go on to become city planners, consultants, and administrators in both public and private sectors.


  • Transportation Planning examines regional transportation systems in relation to economic health, environmental quality, and overall vitality in the region.
  • Land Use and Law exposes students to the theoretical and practical aspects of land use controls and the legal frameworks that underpin the regulation of land.
  • Housing and Community Development affords a broad overview of housing and community issues, including urban renewal, affordable housing, the role of community development corporations, and community policing.
  • Environmental Planning addresses a wide range of issues concerning the interdependencies of built and natural environments.
  • Urban Design courses contribute to the understanding of the physical aspects of planning and designing urban forms.
  • Comparative Urbanization courses on international development and comparative urbanization challenge students to replace limiting notions of cities as being “developed” or “underdeveloped.”

Placing 41st in the U.S. News & World Report National University Rankings and 50th in the Times Higher Education World University Rankings, Boston University is among world’s top academic institutions. As one of BU’s 16 degree-granting schools and colleges, Metropolitan College offers more than 60 undergraduate and graduate programs in evening, online, and blended formats. MET students study alongside accomplished professionals, network with peers, and learn from an award-winning faculty of scholars and practitioners who are committed to research, innovation, and excellence.

Community Development
Environmental/Sustainability Planning
Hazard Mitigation/Disaster Planning
International Planning
Land Use/Physical Planning
Land Use/Planning Law
Public/Nonprofit Administration
Real Estate Development
Regional Planning
Urban Design
Zoning Administration
Other programs at Boston University