The Top Schools For Urban Planners

The 5th Edition of the Planetizen Guide to Graduate Urban Planning Programs is now available. The new Guide includes Planetizen's updated ranking of the Top 25 graduate urban planning programs.
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Planetizen has released its list of the top 25 graduate programs in urban planning as part of the 5th Edition of the Guide to Graduate Urban Planning Programs (Guide). For the fourth straight release, the Massachusetts Institute of Technology occupies the top spot in the rankings. The University of California, Berkeley and the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill round out the top three, respectively. The entire list, available in the Guide, ranks the top 25 graduate planning programs.

After completing a large-scale data collection effort during the winter and spring, 2016-17, Planetizen worked with statistical consultant Thomas Tseng, principal of Sengo Insights, LLC, to produce the Guide's rankings. Throughout the process, Planetizen consulted with a special committee of the Association of Collegiate Schools of Planning to ensure that the 5th Edition met the highest standards of data collection and analysis.

As a public service, we publish the list of the top 10 graduate programs on Planetizen. The top 10 Planning Programs for 2017:

Top 10 Graduate Urban Planning Programs, 2017
2017 RANK
Massachusetts Institute of Technology 1
University of California, Berkeley 2
University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill 3
University of California, Los Angeles 4
Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey 5
Harvard University 6
Georgia Institute of Technology 7
University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign 8
University of Southern California 9
Cornell University 10

Recruiting Top Talent

In addition to the academic rankings, the Guide provides a comprehensive package for prospective students considering graduate studies and a career in planning. To help potential students make informed decisions, the Guide includes profiles of current graduate students and professional planners, breakdowns of the rankings by categories, like region and school size, and a detailed profile page for 96 planning master's programs in the United States.

"The goal of the Guide is to provide the best possible information about graduate planning programs so that the best possible students can make an informed decision to enter a critical and evolving field," says Chris Steins, editor and chief of Planetizen.

The Optimism of Planning

Considered together, the student profiles, professional profiles, and program profiles included in the Guide reveal the motivations and ambitions of student and professional planners. The Guide's sources approach the same unifying theme from a variety of angles: planners work to enable a world that is healthier, safer, and more prosperous for more of the people who call it home. Planning projects related to housing, transportation, demographics, and the environment attract students and practitioners guided by an inherent optimism in their ability to shape and form the future for the better. Planning, in its many forms, is a field that offers not only a long and inspiring career, but a legacy in communities and in the world.

These ambitions are apparent in all of the programs that participated in the Guide to Graduate Urban Planning Programs, regardless of their final position on the rankings.

Learn more about the 5th Edition of the Guide to Graduate Urban Planning Programs.

Search for graduate, undergraduate, and certificate programs in urban planning and related fields from around the world in Planetizen's Online Directory of Urban Planning Programs.

Cover Image: A graphic representation of zones implemented by the Buffalo Green Code Unified Development Ordinance, created by Camiros, Ltd. and implemented by the city of Buffalo, New York in January 2017.

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