DAAP School of Planning


The tradition of the school is to train professionals for distinguished practice and spatially-based systems approaches with a focus on “livable places,” that is, on “communities that enrich people’s lives.” Each of the SOP programs provides a particular perspective and offers specific course work about the planning and design of innovative futures. Collectively, courses in the School of Planning reflect a comprehensive approach to the social, physical, economic, environmental, political, health and legal aspects of the study and planning of communities, landscapes and environments from local, regional, and global perspectives.

The School of Planning at the University of Cincinnati offers outstanding academic and professional preparation for a career in planning and landscape architecture. One of the largest academic planning units in the country, the 16 full-time faculty members and rich array of adjuncts supervise the only school or department in the United States offering an accredited undergraduate planning degree with required cooperative education, an accredited master’s degree offered with a number of options and a doctoral degree in planning. The faculty represent a wide array of disciplines with an excellent record of scholarship, significant professional practice and highly visible service and outreach.



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 a Bachelor of Science in Horticulture) and the more advanced levels (Master of Community Planning, Master of Landscape Architecture and a PhD in Regional Development Planning). The School of Planning integrates academic and professional opportunities – cooperative education, joint degree programs, a variety of certificates, and study/research abroad – with its degree programs.

Bachelor of Urban Planning 

The BUP program is a PAB accredited professional program that provides an interdisciplinary planning education based on social and natural sciences, experiential learning, and engagement in community development through a cohesive arrangement of planning and design studios and co-ops, supported by seminars and lectures. The program integrates the design, economic, environmental, political, ethical and social dimensions of planning. Anticipating the complexities of the urban and metropolitan settings the program prepares planner. 

Bachelor of Science in Urban Studies

The BSUS program provides an education for students interested in identifying and solving issues related to urbanization and globalization. The program serves domestic and international students as a premier program dedicated to comprehensive knowledge of urban areas and challenges faced in the planning and design of livable futures.

Bachleor of Science in Horticulure

The Bachleor of Science in Horticulture address the needs of today's horticulture industry with an urban emphasis. In the Horticulture Program, students will learn sustainable approaches to plant growth, health, and maintenance. Career opportunities include sustainable landscape design, urban agriculture, vegetated roofs and facades, commericial greenhouse management, and parks management. 

Master of Community Planning 

The MCP program is a PAB accredited professional program that provides an interdisciplinary planning education based on innovative and cutting-edge social and natural sciences, experiential learning and community engagement approaches. With rich tradition of service to the community of the university and the college, the program provides opportunities for students with a wide range of undergraduate backgrounds to be involved in local and global community development and environmental quality projects. Furthermore, the program’s courses are continually updated to advance the planning and design of livable futures.

Master of Landscape Architecture 

The Master of Landscape Architecture (MLA) program is founded on the regional resources, assets, and challenges of the Cincinnati region and the Ohio River Valley. The program is based on the contemporary practice of landscape architecture and its broad applications of regenerative planning, design, stewardship, and the synthesis of art and science balancing human activity with natural systems. The program surpasses the minimum expectations of accreditation to produce graduates who are prepared for leadership and interdisciplinary teamwork that will sustain the urban, regional, and global landscape in a prosperous and dynamic equilibrium.

PhD in Regional Development Planning

The PhD program in Regional Development Planning provides rigorous academic training and research critical to the planning and design of innovative futures. The regional emphasis, from rural and urban neighborhoods to national levels, recognizes that increasingly planning problems 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. This program incorporates elements of economics, sustainable development, community development planning, political economy and social planning. It offers a comprehensive knowledge base to graduate students interested in the improvement of human conditions.


Public Information as defined by the Planning Accreditation Board (PAB)

Please see linked documents for information about student retention and graduation rates, tuition and fees, student achievements, AICP pass rate, and employment rates: 

Public Information BUP

Public Information MCP