Communities have always been constantly shaping and shifting places. Fluctuations in people and businesses are prominent in an age of economic uncertainty and scarcity of space and resources. Ever-increasing populations require an ever-increasing number of professionals who can creatively and efficiently plan spaces for those populations to live and thrive. Urban planners are equipped for those challenges.
Established in 1946, the Urban and Regional Planning program at Michigan State University is accredited by the Planning Accreditation Board and offers bachelors and master’s degrees and a MURP/JD dual degree and a Master of International Planning Studies. Teaching in the program focuses on urban policy and governance, community and economic development and methods, land use and the environment planning, transportation planning, environmental and sustainable development, globalization and urbanization, and technology and development.
Part of the School of Planning, Design and Construction, the program deals with aspects of design and regulation of the uses of space that focus on the physical form, economic functions, and social impacts of the urban environment and on the location and flow of different activities within it. Its students develop basic knowledge of the history and theory of planning, presentation techniques, legal and administrative procedures and their applications, and technical skills in survey, research, and analysis of the structure and growth of communities.