Academic Programs in Urban Planning and Related Fields
Columbia University
Master of Science in Urban Planning
Request info from this school
Email Website 212-854-3518

(Above: first-year students visited Pedra do Sal during day and night to study place-making in Rio de Janeiro.)

New York as your classroom: Start here. Go anywhere. Learn actively, globally, contextually, and continually.

What makes the Urban Planning Program at Columbia University’s Graduate School of Architecture, Planning and Preservation (GSAPP) an outstanding choice? Among many strengths, explore some of our highlights below:

  • Global outlook – we look to planning issues in New York City and internationally for studio projects, classroom case studies, and thesis research. By studying the impact of global linked processes (e.g. climate change and immigration) as well as local conditions on cities and communities, we think creatively about planning and policy approaches to improve processes and outcomes in cities around the world.

  • Urban analytics – we are among the first in planning programs to engage data science and visualization in addition to spatial analysis to address urban problems, collaborate on design projects for the built environment, and inform planning efforts within a variety of contexts and practices.

  • Social justice – we explore the tensions between market forces, civil society, and the goals of planning, and instill social justice values and practices throughout the curriculum, with the belief that planning education should promote the redistribution of resources in cities as much as the creation of wealth.

  • Flexible curriculum – students can fulfill some or all of elective requirements by taking courses offered in the Urban Planning Program, GSAPP, or other departments and schools at Columbia. Curricular innovations take place regularly, through new courses (e.g. machine learning, social entrepreneurship, urban infrastructure, and resilience planning), as well as practicum and joint studios, to name just a few.

  • Connection to practice – we draw from the large and diverse community of planners, practitioners, and scholars in New York and beyond to support our extensive curriculum, in addition to our dedicated full-time faculty. Being part of GSAPP, our program also connects with design, preservation, and real estate faculty and professionals to add to ideas and techniques developed by planners and social activists.

  • Career servicesNew York City presents unmatched opportunities for internships and jobs. Our extensive career services include alumni panels and networking events, job search workshops, resume and portfolio feedbacks, visits to public planning agencies and private consulting firms, one-on-one meetings with local employers at the Career Fair, a mentorship program with program alumni, as well as a job board with up-to-date postings of employment, internship, and fellowship offerings.

Explore our Program Information Booklet for a further look at our course offerings, career services, and student life. To learn more about program and admissions requirements, please visit our website.

Share Tweet LinkedIn Email