Urban Planning Description

At its core, urban planning focuses on improving the quality of life for all residents and promoting sustainable development in cities. 

Why Study Urban Planning

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Urban Planning Student

                                                                                        The main challenges Urban Planners deal with are in creating livable and equitable communities while promoting economic development and job creation, mobility, affordability, social equity, energy efficiency, and climate change adaptation. In short, Urban Planning students learn innovative ways to solve complex problems.

Urban Planning Jobs

A degree in Urban Planning provides a good basis for a variety of jobs including Urban Planner, Transportation Planner, Urban Designer, Community Developer, and many other opportunities. If you enjoy working with the public, supporting communities in need, applying sustainable measures, or simply making cities a better place to live, an Urban Planning degree is for you!

Urban Planning Undergraduate Certificates

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Whether or not you are an undergraduate student of the College of Design, Architecture, Art, and Planning, you can pursue a certificate in the field of Urban Planning.  


  • Urban Design Certificate - 
    • Provides students with foundational knowledge about the art and science of cities through history to inform their future visions.
    • Introduces the skills and techniques to design livable, functional, and beautiful places in response to the current and future challenges cities face.
    • Encourages students to think critically about multidisciplinary solutions with sustainable design and management options that serve to promote unity between different city aspects.
  • Urban Planning Certificate -
    • Introduces students to the various challenges faced by our urbanized world.
    • Encourages students to develop innovative approaches to managing cities and their development. 
  • Historic Preservation -
    • Provides students with a working knowledge of historic preservation issues and techniques.

Contact Us

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PO Box 210016
Cincinnati, OH 45221-0016
(513) 556-4612