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Urban and Regional Planning

Next to a board that reads “Raising the standard of living,” a political science major presents to a small group of people.

The overall vision/mission of the urban and regional planning program is to create a sustainable built and natural environment that enriches communities through leadership, entrepreneurial creativity, social responsibility and environmentally sustainable planning and policy. The program strives to offer exemplary teaching and relevant and timely research, as well as to foster a sense of community among faculty, students, alumni, staff and other stakeholders.


Graduates in urban and regional planning pursue careers in a range of industries, excelling in jobs that demand deep knowledge of urban systems, engineering, architecture, and city, state and local government.

Alumni work at: 

  • State of Michigan
  • City of Detroit 
  • Federal Highway Administration
  • U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development
  • Nonprofit organizations
  • Michigan Economic Development Corporation
  • Parsons Brinckerhoff

Alumni work as: 

  • Planning directors
  • City managers
  • Planning and zoning specialists
  • Transportation planners
  • Geographic information systems technicians
  • Planning analysts
  • Regional planners

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