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M.S. Urban Planning

The Master of Science in Urban Planning is a two-year accredited professional degree. Our program takes a comparative, global perspective to urban planning, centering social justice and critical practice. It connects the study of the urban built environment with grounded analysis of socioeconomic and political conditions to inform planning practice and praxis toward social, racial, and climate justice. We prepare students to confront and break down structures and practices of oppression rooted in class inequality, racism, and sexism. By studying the impact of global processes (such as immigration, climate change, and public health) on cities, neighborhoods, and communities—across the Global North and Global South—the program aims to foster new, creative planning and policy approaches that will improve processes and outcomes in cities around the world.
The program pays close attention to a range of methodological approaches bringing together urban analytics, grounded field research, and community engagement to address real-world planning issues. It builds on our record as one of the first planning programs in the United States to engage data science and visualization alongside spatial analysis to tackle today’s urban problems and inform planning solutions for the future. Our graduates work in critical and leading roles in government, private firms, nonprofit organizations, advocacy groups, multilateral institutions, and international NGOs.
IMPORTANT LINKS AND INFORMATION

For more information about the program, please email the Program Manager: Emily Junker.

Curriculum
The Master of Science in Urban Planning program offers four concentrations: Built Environment, Community and Economic Development, International Planning and Development, and Urban Analytics. At the core of the program are a team-based studio course, which takes place in the first year, and a thesis or professional capstone, which is carried out throughout the second year. The Urban Planning Studio is a way of modeling what it means to incorporate intellectual questions into practical proposals. The studio revolves around a real client with a real-world issue. Students work as a group under the direction of faculty, producing critical and innovative analysis of socioeconomic, environmental, and political conditions as well as stakeholder engagement. In many ways, the studio introduces, considers, and evaluates a range of scenarios in approaching complex problems.

Recently, the program has significantly updated the contents of its electives and core curriculum courses to introduce more knowledge related to the global dimensions of planning, more systematic understanding of racism and spatial inequality, and more critical assessment on the use of analytical tools. For electives, in particular, the program now offers new, knowledge- and skill-based courses on data analytics, machine learning, equitable climate action, adaptation to climate change, urban mobility and accessibility in a global context, inclusion and housing, and healthy global cities. Students can also take case-based practicums, grounded in a coherent conceptual framework, to better connect with modes of practice. In addition, a number of half-semester practicum courses are offered, including residential planning in a global context, urban public infrastructure, project management, affordable housing in high-demand cities, and mega projects in global cities.

The curriculum has shifted to further integrate studios and seminars—with seasoned practitioners teaming up with more academically-oriented faculty to better unite theory and practice. The program has also emphasized new collaborations with the design faculty to offer studios and courses that enable substantive collaboration between planning and design students.

Studios
In the Urban Planning Studio, there is a real client with a real-world issue that will be analyzed by students working as a team under the direction of faculty. The resulting deliverables reflect critical analyses of socioeconomic, environmental, and political conditions as well as stakeholder engagement, and encourage students to consider innovative practices in planning and critical thinking. Studio takes place in the spring of the students’ first year, and is thus not a “capstone” project but a way of integrating classroom learning with practical experience early in the students’ education.
Current Faculty
Jitendra Bajpai
Andrea Batista Schlesinger
Clarisa Bencomo
Anthony Borelli
Teresa Caldeira
Clara Chung
Vin Cipolla
André Corrêa d'Almeida
Ryan Devlin
Roberta Fennessy
Peter Flamm
Flores A. Forbes
Adam Freed
Ebru Gencer
Maxine Griffith
Boyeong Hong
Rebecca Karp
Emily Kurtz
Jeffrey Lin
Peter Marcotullio
Ariella Maron
Jonathan Martin
Victoria Mason-Ailey
Kevin McQueen
Leah Meisterlin
Olivia Moss
Kate Owens
Kaz Sakamoto
Howard Slatkin
Anna Stokes
Adam Tanaka
Jamie Torres Springer
Graham Trelstad
Jose Luis Vallejo
Rachel Weinberger
Kate Wittels
Douglas Woodward
Thomas Wright

Fall 2021 Courses

Course Semester Title Student Work Instructor Syllabus Requirements & Sequence Location & Time Session & Points Call No.
Pla4008‑1 Fall 2021
History and Theory of Planning
Ryan Devlin
209 FAYERWEATHER; 412, 504, 505 AVERY
TH 9 AM - 11 AM, 11 AM - 12 PM
FULL SEMESTER
3 Points
11888
Pla4050‑1 Fall 2021
UP Elective Internship
Emily Junker
NA
FULL SEMESTER
1.5 Points
11889
Pla4208‑1 Fall 2021
Planning Methods
Boyeong Hong
114 AVERY
W 9 AM - 11 AM
FULL SEMESTER
3 Points
11890
Pla4209‑1 Fall 2021
Planning Methods Lab I
UP COMPUTER LAB
TU 7 PM - 9 PM
FULL SEMESTER
0 Points
11891
Pla4209‑2 Fall 2021
Planning Methods Lab II
UP COMPUTER LAB
W 5 PM - 7 PM
FULL SEMESTER
0 Points
11892
Pla4209‑3 Fall 2021
Planning Methods Lab III
UP COMPUTER LAB
W 11- 1 PM
FULL SEMESTER
0 Points
11893
Pla4577‑1 Fall 2021
Geographic Information Systems
Leah Meisterlin
113 AVERY
TU 9 AM - 11 AM
FULL SEMESTER
3 Points
11739
Pla4578‑3 Fall 2021
GIS Lab for Arch & UD
Carsten Rodin
206 FAYERWEATHER
F 1 PM - 3 PM
FULL SEMESTER
0 Points
11740
Pla4578‑1 Fall 2021
GIS Lab I
Alanna Browdy
UP COMPUTER LAB
W 7 PM - 9 PM
FULL SEMESTER
0 Points
11894
Pla4578‑2 Fall 2021
GIS Lab II
UP COMPUTER LAB
TH 7 PM - 9 PM
FULL SEMESTER
0 Points
11895
PLA6009‑1 Fall 2021
Environmental Data Analysis
Peter Marcotullio, Kaz Sakamoto
300 BUELL SOUTH
M 5 PM - 7 PM
FULL SEMESTER
3 Points
11896
Pla6088‑1 Fall 2021
Intro to International Planning
Ebru Gencer
204 FAYERWEATHER
M 1 PM - 3 PM
FULL SEMESTER
3 Points
11897
Pla6330‑1 Fall 2021
Site Planning & Support Systems
Graham Trelstad
WARE LOUNGE
F 9 AM - 11 AM
FULL SEMESTER
3 Points
11898
Pla6434‑1 Fall 2021
Introduction to Transportation Planning
Rachel Weinberger
408 AVERY
TU 11 AM - 1 PM
FULL SEMESTER
3 Points
11899
PLA6612‑1 Fall 2021
Planning Frameworks for Equitable Climate Action
Ariella Maron
300 BUELL NORTH
M 11 AM - 1 PM
FULL SEMESTER
3 Points
11901
PLA6617‑1 Fall 2021
Climate Justice in Our Own Backyard
Thaddeus Pawlowski
204 FAYERWEATHER
TU 5 PM - 7 PM
FULL SEMESTER
3 Points
11902
PLA6619‑1 Fall 2021
Intro to Urban Data and Informatics
Boyeong Hong
UP PLANNING LAB
TU 11 AM - 1 PM
FULL SEMESTER
3 Points
11903
Pla6621‑1 Fall 2021
Local Government Authority + Big City Planning
Howard Slatkin
114 AVERY
TU 5 PM - 7 PM
FULL SEMESTER
3 Points
11910
PLA6642‑1 Fall 2021
Metropolitan Planning
Thomas Wright
300 BUELL SOUTH
TH 4 PM - 6 PM
FULL SEMESTER
3 Points
11904
PLA6646‑1 Fall 2021
Affordable Housing in High Demand Cities
Amy Boyle, Emily Kurtz
204 FAYERWEATHER
W 5 PM - 7 PM
FULL SEMESTER
3 Points
11906
PLA6648‑1 Fall 2021
Delivering Urban Public Infrastructure: Practicum on Industrialized Cities
Jamie Torres Springer
300 BUELL SOUTH
TH 6 PM - 8 PM
SES A
1.5 Points
11907
Pla6918‑1 Fall 2021
Thesis/Capstone I Workshop
Weiping Wu
209 FAYERWEATHER
W 11 AM - 1 PM
FULL SEMESTER
3 Points
11908
Pla6919‑1 Fall 2021
Thesis II/Capstone
Weiping Wu
209 FAYERWEATHER
W 11 AM - 1 PM
3 Points
11909
Pla6930‑1 Fall 2021
Quantitative Methods
Lance Freeman
203 FAYERWEATHER
TH 12 PM - 2 PM; TH 2 PM - 4 PM LAB
FULL SEMESTER
3 Points
11914
PLA6939‑1 Fall 2021
Sustainable Urban Planning and Design
Jonathan Martin
114 AVERY
F 11 AM - 1 PM
FULL SEMESTER
3 Points
11912
PLA6940‑1 Fall 2021
Practicum: Professional Skills and Communication
Douglas Woodward
115 AVERY
M 9 AM - 11 AM
FULL SEMESTER
3 Points
11913
PLA6941‑1 Fall 2021
Urban Analytics and Human-Centered Decision Making
André Corrêa d'Almeida
204 FAYERWEATHER
M 11 AM - 1 PM
FULL SEMESTER
3 Points
11914
PLA6942‑1 Fall 2021
Community Development Finance Practicum
Kevin McQueen
204 FAYERWEATHER
M 5 PM - 7 PM
FULL SEMESTER
3 Points
11915
PLA6944‑1 Fall 2021
Climate Adaptation + Disaster Planning
Hugo Sarmiento
204 FAYERWEATHER
TH 12 PM - 2 PM
FULL SEMESTER
3 Points
11918
PLA6945‑1 Fall 2021
Practicum: Reimagining Public Space in Pandemic and Post-Pandemic New York
Ryan Devlin
300 BUELL SOUTH
TH 6 PM - 8 PM
SES B
1.5 Points
11919
PLA6947 Fall 2021
Urbanization in the Global South
Teresa Caldeira
115 AVERY
M 7 PM - 9 PM
FULL SEMESTER
3 Points
18877
A6767‑1 Fall 2021
Preservation Planning and Policy
Rhonda Sincavage
408 AVERY
W 11 AM - 1 PM
FULL SEMESTER
3 Points
11856
Pla6925‑1 Fall 2021
Advanced Research I
Weiping Wu
NA
FULL SEMESTER
2 or 3 Points
11911
A4407‑1 Fall 2021
Methods in Spatial Research
Dare Brawley
408 AVERY
F 9 AM - 11 AM
SES A
1.5 Points
11643
A4892‑1 Fall 2021
Data Visualization for Architecture, Urbanism and the Humanities
Jia Zhang
409 AVERY
F 9 AM - 11 AM
FULL SEMESTER
3 Points
10637
A6895‑1 Fall 2021
Tourism, Tropicalization and the Architectural Image: Unpacking the Perception vs Reality of Caribbean Architecture
Dahlia Nduom
408 AVERY/ ONLINE
TU 2 PM - 4 PM
FULL SEMESTER
3 Points
11624
A6897‑1 Fall 2021
Principles and Praxis of Spatial Justice
Ifeoma Ebo
200 BUELL NORTH
TH 6:30 PM - 8:30 PM
FULL SEMESTER
3 Points
11638
PLA6870‑1 Fall 2021
Proptech: Buildings Operation and Management
Adrian Silver
209 FAYERWEATHER
M 4 PM - 6 PM
SES B
1.5 Points
11987
Pla6272‑1 Fall 2021
New York Rising: How Real Estate Shapes a City
Kate Ascher, Thomas Mellins
114 AVERY
F 9 AM - 11 AM
FULL SEMESTER
3 Points
11599
GU4066 Fall 2021
Spatial Inequality: Hydropolitics in Madagascar
Instructor permission is required
TU 4:10 PM - 6:00 PM
FULL SEMESTER
4 Points
13513
GU4150 Fall 2021
Spatial Inequality: Architecture and Migration in New York
Ignacio G. Galán Corequisite course: ARCH A4407 Methods in Spatial Research
Tu 4:10 PM - 6:00 PM
FULL SEMESTER
4 Points
0

Introduction to Columbia’s Urban Planning Program

Lectures in Planning Series (LiPS)

Spring 2021 Lectures in Planning Series
Francesca Russello Ammon
March 23, 2021

Student Work

“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.
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