Urban Planning and Policy Development

Rutgers University

12 months
15012 USD/year
15012 USD/year
8868 USD/year
Tuition fee
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Founded in 1967, the Urban Planning and Policy Development (UPPD) Program from Rutgers University educates innovative people who wish to combine social concerns with analytic skills. 


While planners work on a wide range of problems, they also are likely to focus on a particular issue or specialization in building individual careers, concentrating their professional expertise. For this reason the trained planner is often called “a generalist with a specialty.” That phrase is more than just a cliché. It suggests that a useful curriculum will contain a productive application of faculty disciplines and other program resources. It defines the approach to graduate study in urban planning and policy development here at Rutgers.

The Urban Planning and Policy Development (UPPD) Program from Rutgers University is future-oriented and comprehensive. It seeks to link knowledge and action in ways that improve the quality of public and private development decisions affecting people and places. Because of its future orientation, planning embraces visionary and utopian thinking, yet also recognizes that the implementation of plans requires the reconciliation of present realities to future states. To become effective and ethical practitioners, students must develop a comprehensive understanding of cities and regions, and of the theory and practice of planning. They must also be able to use a variety of analytic methods in their practice. They must become sensitive to the ways in which planning affects individual and community values, and must be aware of their own roles in this process.

Learning Goals:

  • Intellectual and Communication Skills
Visionary and Utopian Thinking

Students will demonstrate proficiency in future-oriented analysis, design, planning and policy development that serve to improve the quality of life, within their coursework and studio projects.


Students will demonstrate a proficiency in written, oral, and graphic methods of communication in a variety of settings through their studio experiences and exhibit an ability to adjust method to setting and audience.

Mathematical Reasoning and Analysis

Students will demonstrate an ability to apply statistical and/or computational modeling perspectives in the analysis and understanding of planning and policy development.

  • Professional Development & Ethics

Students will demonstrate an ability to integrate and apply theory, methods, empirical evidence, and conceptual thinking in the development of planning-directed studio experiences in which students “work for” clients. Students are required to prepare memos, prospectuses, visual materials and final reports for clients and to present their products in formal presentations. Students will demonstrate competency in professional conduct and ethics in their interactions with faculty, students, and clients, and in their use of data.

Programme Structure

Courses include:

  • History and Theory of Planning
  • Comprehensive Planning
  • Urban Economy and Spatial Patterns
  • Graduate Planning Studio
  • Methods of Planning Analysis
  • Survey of Planning Law Principles
  • Planning and Land Use Administration
  • Historic Preservation
  • International Historic Preservation
  • Environmental Law and Policy

Key information


  • Full-time
    • 12 months

Start dates & application deadlines




30 alternative credits


On Campus

English requirements

IELTS admission requirements IELTS The International English Language Test System (IELTS) tests your English-language proficiency on a scale of 1 – 9. The score refers to the combined average score of 4 subjects (writing, listening, speaking, and reading).

Other requirements

General requirements

  • Online application form
  • Application fee
  • Official transcripts of previous academic work
  • A personal statement
  • Three (3) letters of recommendation
  • Resume
  • Official test scores (if required – see particular program information below.)

Tuition Fee

  • International

    15012 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 15012 USD per year and a duration of 12 months.
  • National

    15012 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 15012 USD per year and a duration of 12 months.
  • In-State

    8868 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 8868 USD per year and a duration of 12 months.


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