The Urban Planning program offered by Columbia University connects the study of the urban built environment with grounded analysis of socioeconomic and political conditions in order to explore the tensions that arise between market forces, civil society, and the goals of planning. The program pays special attention to the potential of urban analytics and the importance of advocating for social justice through planning. In fact, it is one of the first planning programs in the United States to engage data science and visualization alongside spatial analysis to tackle today’s urban problems and inform possible planning solutions for the future.
The Master of Science in Urban Planning program is rooted in a global outlook. By studying the impact of global linked processes (for example, immigration and climate change) locally, in our cities and communities, the program aims to foster new creative planning and policy approaches that will improve processes and outcomes in cities around the world. The curriculum emphasizes real-world problems and insists that planners are central to confronting them and to improving the life of urban dwellers—and in doing so, the program positions planners as social activists. The program’s graduates work in critical and leading roles in government, private firms, nonprofit organizations, advocacy groups, multilateral institutions, and international NGOs.
- History and Theory of Planning
- Geographic Information Systems
- Planning Methods
- Economics for Planners
- Planning Law
- 24 months
Start dates & application deadlines
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DisciplinesArchitecture Civil Engineering & Construction Urban Planning View 364 other Masters in Civil Engineering & Construction in United States
- Online Application
- Letters of Recommendation
- Personal Statement
- All applicants whose native language is not English must submit TOEFL scores (with the exception of Introduction to Architecture applicants). At this time there is no minimum TOEFL score required for admission. We do not accept the TOEFL ITP. We do not accept the IELTS in lieu of the TOEFL.
International58980 USD/yearTuition FeeBased on the original amount of 58980 USD per year and a duration of 24 months.
National58980 USD/yearTuition FeeBased on the original amount of 58980 USD per year and a duration of 24 months.
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