Urban planning and management are key municipal functions in the United States and Western Europe. In the rapidly growing developing world, urban expansion has far outstripped the capacity of city governments to cope with the bewildering array of problems this mass movement and spatial reorganization of the population generates. Huge, difficult-to-manage, multi-centered megacities continue to emerge worldwide, along with the proliferation of thousands of other smaller cities. Nevertheless, the attraction of urban life has never been greater. With more than 50 percent of the world’s population living in cities at the turn of the century, the 21st century will be the world’s first truly urban era.
The challenge this urbanized world poses is the substance of the planning profession. Planners are dedicated to developing innovative approaches to managing cities and planning their development. The constructive management of change is at the heart of the profession. Planners often work in local governments and communities, but their concerns are issues that affect the world — land use, social policy, historic preservation, transportation, housing, economic development, policy planning, environmental protection, urban design and international development. Planners are visionaries working for a better future through improvements in the quality of life in one or more of these areas.
Degree: Undergraduate Certificate
Full-time program duration: 1.5 Years
Location: Uptown Campus West
College of Design, Architecture, Art & Planning
DAAP Student Affairs
PO Box 210016
Cincinnati, OH 45221-0016
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.
A proficiency in basic statistics is required at the time of admission or shortly thereafter.
The University of Cincinnati and all regional campuses are accredited by the Higher Learning Commission.
Degree programs in the School of Planning are accredited by the Planning Accreditation Board.