Guide to Graduate Urban Planning Programs - 4th Edition

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The Essential Resource for Prospective Planning Students

The Planetizen Guide to Graduate Urban Planning Programs is the only comprehensive ranking and listing of graduate urban planning programs available. In its 4th edition, the guide is exhaustively researched by the staff of Planetizen. Thousands of students have used the Guide to inform their decision on which graduate programs to apply to, and ultimately, attend.

What's new in the 4th edition?

We’ve expanded the Guide yet again, with more detailed information about programs to help prospective students decide where to apply.

• Expanded program profiles section with additional data collected
• Expanded profiles of professional planners
• Refined rankings methodology that takes into account a larger set of criteria
• Expanded rankings section

$34.95 - Printed Edition
$24.95 - PDF download
$99.95 - PDF, Enterprise Edition


  • Detailed Profiles of 97 Graduate Urban Planning Programs in the United States
  • Top 25 Planning Schools Rankings
  • Best Schools by Region (Midwest, Northeast, South, and West)
  • Top 25 Programs According to Educators
  • Profiles of Planning Students and Professionals
  • Advice for Selecting a Planning Program and Applying to Graduate School
  • Introduction to Graduate Study in the Field of Urban Planning

Comprehensive Rankings:

  • Top 25 Ranked Schools for Urban Planning Programs
  • Top Ranked Schools in Your Region
  • Detailed Profiles of 97 Schools

Narrow Down Your Graduate Program Search:

  • Admissions Requirements and Statistics
  • Cost of Attendance
  • Faculty and Student Demographics
  • Research, Internship, and Study Abroad Opportunities
  • What other students are saying

Hear From:

  • Current grad students, with advice on what to look for in a program
  • Practicing professionals, revealing how they made the most of their graduate studies
  • A planning professor, who explains how to launch your planning career
  • Planetizen's editorial staff, on why one would choose a career in urban planning

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School Profile and Ranking by Geographic Region Sample Pages

Student and Professional Profile Sample Pages

Table of Contents

  • Acknowledgements
  • About Planetizen
  • Introduction
    • Editor's Note
    • How to Use This Guide
  • What's New in the 4th Edition
  • So You Want to Be a Planner?
  • Planning Professional Profiles
  • Launching Your Planning Education by Ann Forsyth
  • Planning Student Profiles
  • The Rankings: The Best Graduate Urban Planning Programs
    • How Planetizen Ranks Schools
    • Planetizen Overall Top 25
    • Top 25 According to Educators
    • By Geographic Region
    • Additional Rankings
  • List of Schools by Specialty
  • The Directory: Graduate Urban Planning Programs - Includes profiles of 97 programs in the U.S.

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  • Your PDF will be password-protected with your email address.
  • By purchasing the PDF version of the Guide, you agree to be bound by the terms of the Planetizen Digital Content License Agreement.
  • PDF Enterprise Edition is a multiple user license for educational institutions, agencies, and private organizations.


The Planetizen Guide to Graduate Urban Planning Programs - 4th Edition (ISBN 978-0-9906162-1-4) is published by Planetizen Press.

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What People Are Saying

"The Guide will become the Michelin guide for planners!"
- John Fregonese, Fregonese Calthorpe Associates

"The Planetizen Guide to Graduate Urban Planning Programs fills a significant gap in an important market for both future planning students and planning educators. The Guide provides detailed and valuable information about a wide range of graduate planning programs that prospective students can look to as they evaluate their future in planning."
- Dr. Edward J. Blakely, Executive Director of the Office of Recovery and Development Administration for the City of New Orleans.

"I'm a huge Planetizen fan. If you're an urban planner like me or someone interested in cities, you'll soon realize it's just about the very best place on the web for anyone who's interested in the development and evolution of our communities, urban centers and regions."
- Richard Florida, best-selling author of "The Rise of the Creative Class"

“The Planetizen guide has been, and continues to be, an invaluable resource throughout the application process, containing detailed information about graduate programs that I could not find anywhere else.”
-James McNally, aspiring planning student

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