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MS Urban Planning Open House

Please see the main 2023 Open House for Prospective Students webpage for additional events and resources.

MS in Urban Planning Curriculum Presentation
Weiping Wu, Columbia University Vice Provost for Academic Programs and MSUP Program Director, October 2023
M.S. Urban Planning Program Booklet
This booklet outlines the program’s faculty, curriculum, career services, student life.
Studio Reports
Student Work

Visit the online 2023 End of Year Show to see student work from urban planning studios and courses as well as theses from Class of 2023 MSUP graduates.

You can also browse the digital archive for work associated by studio and instructor and read summaries of MSUP theses here.

“Crisscrossing the Park” by Elaine Hsieh
Completed during the Spring 2020 Urban Informatics II course led by Anthony Vanky. Read more about the project here.
Lectures in Planning Series (LiPS)

This series of talks, organized by the UP PhD students throughout the year, brings together leading experts across the field to discuss today’s most pressing topics.

Visit the YouTube playlists for Fall 2023 LiPS and Spring 2022 LiPS.

Fall 2023 Lectures in Planning Series
Jordana Ramalho
October 17, 2023
Career Services

Career services for MSUP students are coordinated by the Associate Director for Professional Development and Practice, who has over 35 years of experience in the public sector at the NYC Department of City Planning, at a large non-profit planning organization, at a large development company, and private consulting on planning and design projects. We emphasize direct engagement with students on students’ career goals, professional development, and potential employment opportunities. A key service is one-on-one consultations, at least once a semester for each student, to explore what types of work a student is interested in and what potential places of employment a student hopes to connect with.

Students’ involvement with career services should begin at the moment of matriculation, and students career aspirations should also inform the types of courses taken. We are here to help students take advantage of our location in New York City, discover unmatched opportunities for jobs and internships, and interact with the best thinkers and practitioners in the rapidly changing field of planning and beyond.

GSAPP maintains a job board to advertise open full-time, part-time, internship, and fellowship positions. In addition, a weekly updates newsletter distributed by the program advertises openings, upcoming conferences, and other professional development opportunities. Each semester we offer workshops on developing resumes and cover letters, where to find jobs and internships, interviewing, and preparing for the AICP exam. Twice a year we connect students and alumni for informal networking events. To support alums, our office offers one-on-one consultations on resumes, cover letters, and general job search advice up to one year after graduation. Alums enjoy continued access to GSAPP Gateway, where they can explore job opportunities and connect with employers; we also post jobs of all levels to our LinkedIn group.

To see graduate placement data for the past 5 years, visit our career services page employer data tab and filter by program. Hover over the number next to M.S. Urban Planning to see our program’s data only.

Urban Magazine
URBAN is a magazine created, edited, and published by M.S.UP students. The publication features writing, interviews, photo essays, and graphic work related to urban planning and city life. While most contributors are in the Urban Planning department, students from all disciplines are encouraged to submit work and have been featured in past issues.
Read the Spring 2023 Issue Scapes.
Columbia GSAPP Lecture and Event Series
The Dean’s lecture and event series invites guests from across the world to deliver talks and participate in discussions with the GSAPP community. Below is a selection of events featuring Urban Planning faculty members.

Affirmation 3: Design Policy
October 2, 2023

Former Deputy Mayor of New York City for Housing Vicki Been (NYU) and former Los Angeles Chief Design Officer Christopher Hawthorne (Yale)

View the event page.

Abstract is the annual print publication of faculty-selected student work from Columbia University GSAPP, produced through the Office of Dean Amale Andraos.

You can also find a self-guided audio walking tour of Columbia University’s historic campus by Professor and Historic Preservationist Andrew Dolkart (‘77 MS HP) here.