The School of Planning at the University of Cincinnati offers students outstanding preparation for a career in community and regional planning and allied fields at the entry level (Bachelor of Science in Urban Studies, Bachelor of Urban Planning) and the more advanced levels (Master of Community Planning, PhD in Regional Development Planning). In addition, the School integrates academic and professional opportunities – cooperative education, internships, joint degree programs, a variety of certificates, and study/research abroad – with its degree programs.
- The BUP program is a Planning Accreditation Board (PAB) accredited professional program that prepares planners who are well educated in the complexities of the urban and metropolitan communities, with emphasis on place and place-making. The program maintains a balanced approach to planning and design of innovative futures. The program consists of a mix of studios, co-ops and coursework that integrates the design, economic, environmental, political, and social dimensions of planning for livable places.
- The BSUS program has an urban and metropolitan emphasis with a global perspective. The program, which emphasizes the non-physical aspects of the place and innovative futures, offers the clearest opportunity for both domestic and international students. The BSUS program prepares students for public, nonprofit, and private sector employment requiring comprehensive knowledge of urban areas and challenges and for entrance into various graduate and professional degree programs in specialized fields, including planning.
- The MCP program is a PAB-accredited professional program that accommodates various geographic scales as well as different planning subjects related to planning and design of innovative futures. The program recognizes the wide range of students’ undergraduate backgrounds and trains professionals for distinguished practice in planning and development. It integrates academic and professional practice with a deep concern for community development and environmental quality. A special feature of the program is global exposure and opportunities provided by several School of Planning programs, including two in association with the Peace Corps.
- The PhD program in Regional Development Planning provides rigorous academic training and research critical to planning and design of innovative futures. The regional emphasis, from rural and urban neighborhoods to national levels, recognizes that planning problems increasingly transcend geographic boundaries and require spatially-based systems thinking. The program educates and trains the next generation of scholars who will bring new research-based ideas and knowledge to the teaching and practice of regional development planning.