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Welcome to the Urban Planning Program

Welcome to the Urban Planning Program at the University of Kansas! We are an accredited, two-year master’s degree program within the School of Public Affairs and Administration. We have a long history of training planners for successful careers.  Our combination of dedicated and knowledgeable professors and instructors, engaged and talented students, and current planning opportunities available in Lawrence and the greater Kansas City and Topeka regions make us confident you can have a great experience as a student at KU. Come join us!

Overview of the Urban Planning Program | MUP Curriculum | Admission Requirements | The Best Planning Choice For You

Please feel free to contact us, as we love to talk about planning and its potential to positively impact the future of our communities.

Why Urban Planning at KU?

Watch the above video commemorating the 40th Anniversary of Urban Planning at the University of Kansas.


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Ten reasons to love KU Urban Planning

1) Over 40 years dedicated to master’s degree students.  

We granted our first master’s of urban planning degree in 1975. A master’s degree is what you need to get your first planning job and advance in a career. We do not offer undergraduate degrees or doctoral degrees.  This means we concentrate on you the master’s degree student and preparing you for a rewarding career and life as a Jayhawk planner.


2) Emphasis is on real-world experiences and graduating with a job.

We prepare Jayhawk planners for that first planning job and beyond. We are tireless in our pursuit of paid internships for our students. Class work includes projects with actual clients such as the Mid-America Regional Council, Kansas Department of Transportation, and Douglas County Office of Sustainability. Before entering academia, three of our five full-time faculty were practicing planners for cities, counties, states, and non-profits. We know planning practice AND cutting edge research.


3) Your undergraduate degree really did prepare you for a career. 

Almost any undergraduate degree is suitable preparation for a Graduate Degree in Urban Planning. So you studied philosophy, film studies, political science, sociology, geography, architecture, Latin American studies, English, French Literature, journalism, communications – any of those and more, and that’s great because you can now get your master’s degree in urban planning. If you have an imagination and like to solve problems, Urban Planning is right for you!


4) Our program is accredited by the Planning Accreditation Board.

We have been continuously accredited since 1983. Accreditation means you are getting a quality planning degree. High standards keep our content and teaching state-of-the-art.  A master’s degree from an accredited school allows you to complete the requirements sooner to become a certified planner through the American Institute of Certified Planners.

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