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School of Planning

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Urban Studies

The urban studies program in UC's College of Design, Architecture, Art, and Planning (DAAP) provides a flexible but organized curriculum for students who have a passion for contributing to contemporary urban life. This baccalaureate degree prepares students for employment in metropolitan areas and organizations in fields such as community development, human services, housing and personnel work, as well as for graduate work in urban studies, law, management, community planning, public administration and the social sciences.

Degree: BS

Full-time program duration: 4.0 Years

Location: West Campus

Contact Information:

College of Design, Architecture, Art, and Planning
School of Planning
DAAP Student Affairs
College of DAAP
P.O. Box 210016
Cincinnati, OH 45221-0016

Admission Requirements

The College of Design, Architecture, Art, and Planning at the University of Cincinnati seeks to attract, enroll and graduate academically talented students of varied and diverse backgrounds. Success in our programs is largely dependent upon sound academic preparation. However, in multidisciplinary programs like those in DAAP, students’ insight and perspective are greatly enhanced by exposure to students from different backgrounds, geographies and co-curricular interests. DAAP has designed an admissions review process and a timetable to support these goals.


Freshman applicants, please visit the Admission Requirements  page for more information.

Admission criteria for this program vary based on the relative strength of test scores, class rank and GPA. Please see the Freshman Class Profile for this major in the Quick Facts sidebar on this page for the range of academic credentials typically accepted into this program.

Freshmen applying to this program should also have completed the following college-preparatory subjects:

  • 4 units of English
  • 4 units of math
  • 3 units of science
  • 5 units of electives*

*Elective units must include one or any combination of foreign language, fine arts, business, career-technical education, family and consumer sciences, technology, agricultural education or additional core courses not otherwise required.


Major Map Versions:
BS in Urban Studies, 2019


The University of Cincinnati and all regional campuses are accredited by the Higher Learning Commission.

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