Urban Planning Curriculum


The degree requires completion of 120 semester credits earned over five years of study. The curriculum consists of a mix of general and specialized professional planning lecture or seminar courses, five studio courses, and a capstone project. Studios give students an opportunity to try out techniques of urban planning and urban design in a creative team setting. Students deal with real planning problems, often working on projects for real clients and communities. While the program maintains the studio-based emphasis on physical planning and design, it allows a student to pursue other specialties.

The BUP program enjoys a singular advantage over all other planning programs: it is the only accredited urban planning program in the country that requires Professional Practice experience, as cooperative education (co-op) is officially known. During the second year, a student will begin a year-round schedule, alternating academic study and co-op work experience every semester, for a total of five semesters of co-op. Co-op offers the opportunity to combine salaried practical experience with a gradually expanding academic background. Working for a variety of employers enables a student to explore career interests and make intelligent decisions about post-graduate positions. Overall, the co-op experience increases a graduate’s ability to handle responsibility and increases their hiring potential.

Joint 6-year BUP/MCP Curriculum

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The program is studio-based and graduates earn a Bachelor of Urban Planning degree, which qualifies them to apply for the American Institute of Certified Planners Board (AICP) examination.

Urban Planning

Admission Requirements



Additional Information about Urban Planning

Co-op and Career Opportunities

Studio Life

Study Abroad