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Information for Prospective Urban Planning Students

This page features virtual resources that will allow you to learn more about the program’s curriculum and connect with faculty and current students.

If you have any additional questions about the event or application process, please contact arch_admissions@columbia.edu

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 2021 End of Year Show to see student work from urban planning studios and courses as well as theses from Class of 2021 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.

Public Works for a Green New Deal

During the Fall 2019 semester, two urban planning courses were offered as part of a school-wide initiative focusing on the social, technical, and political contours of the ambitious—but still largely undefined—proposal known as the Green New Deal (GND). Read about the courses below and visit the Public Works Page to learn more.

  • Planning and the Green New Deal: A Practicum
    Faculty: Ariella Maron, Douglas Woodward
    This course engaged the proposed Green New Deal from an urban planning perspective, investigating its political bases, technical feasibility, implementation strategy, and planning and land use impacts. The course approach concentrated on the socio-technical aspects of the GND as opposed to strictly technical responses to climate change, to mirror the focus of the proposed legislation itself.

  • Resilient Urban Planning Practicum: A Green New Deal for Appalachia
    Faculty: Thaddeus Pawlowski
    This course explored urban planning practice through the lens of resilience. It focused on emerging approaches and strategies to climate adaptation in the built environment, and integrating ecological imperatives and social justice into next century forms of infrastructure.

Lectures in Planning Series (LiPS)

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

Visit the Spring 2022 LiPS playlist on YouTube.

Spring 2022 Lectures in Planning Series
Dialogues on Climate Justice
March 8, 2022
Career Services

The Urban Planning Program offers career development resources to help students take advantage of our location in New York City and discover unmatched opportunities for jobs and internships. Career services programming includes alumni panels, workshops, visits to select public planning agencies and private consulting firms, and meeting with employers one-on-one at the Career Fair. The program connects students to alumni through the annual speed-networking event and a year-long mentorship program.

A dedicated career services advisor provides one-on-one coaching and advisement to help students set and reach their employment goals. Individualized employment strategies and practical training and assistance include basic job search techniques, résumé and cover letter preparation, interviewing skills, and salary negotiation. To ensure students have access to a variety of employment resources, we keep a database of employment possibilities, career guidance references, employment literature, and industry knowledge.

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.

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 Fall 2021 Issue Metamorphosis.
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.

Planning Futures? On Decolonial, Postcolonial, and Abolitionist Planning
March 12, 2021

View the event page here.
Abstract is the annual print publication of faculty-selected student work from Columbia University GSAPP, produced through the Office of Dean Amale Andraos.
Get to Know the Campus and Explore Morningside Heights

This past spring, Untapped New York – co-founded by Alumni Board Member Michelle Young (‘12 MS UP) – collaborated with Columbia GSAPP to create a mini-series of podcast episodes designed to welcome incoming students to the GSAPP family.

Throughout the series, we explore architecturally interesting and historic New York City neighborhoods that house Columbia University’s campus and surrounding communities.

Also check out their feature in Columbia Magazine Welcome to Manhattanville published in Spring 2019.

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.