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Quick Facts

The future begins with Urban Planning

Around the world, the pressing issues that communities face call for the expertise, analytical judgement, communication skills, and leadership that Urban Planners provide. The future of housing, the future of mobility, the future of equity, the future of climate resilience, and the future of livability all begin with conversations in urban planning. What can you contribute to this future? Discover it with a degree in urban planning!

An education in urban planning will provide you with a solid grounding in the broad concepts and specific skills needed to excel as an urban planner in the public or private sector. Our industry-aligned curriculum and hands-on learning will outfit you with the expertise and confidence to achieve. A balance of research, history, theory, policy, economics, statistics, geospatial mapping, design, analysis, visual, verbal, and written communication round out the diverse tasks and skills that urban planners use on a daily basis. Students with previous experience and undergraduate degrees in communications, marketing, public relations, sociology, art, English, history, political science, geography, finance, and natural resources thrive in the Urban Planning profession!

Our alumni go on to work for non-profit services, land development and professional service / consulting firms, transportation authorities, federal departments, municipal and regional planning authorities, housing agencies, and community development agencies. As the pressing issues of the future begin with urban planning, we invite you to help shape the future of communities.

Two-Year Track

2 Years

48 Credits

If you’re pursuing a degree in planning for the first time, this two-year, 48-credit program is for you. The standard track is also for students already in the workforce.

Fast Track

1 Year

36 Credits

This one-year, 36-credit course of study is for students who’ve earned a bachelor’s degree in planning, accredited by the Planning Accreditation Board.

Graduate studies in urban planning disciplines are a great way to weave past career or education experience into a deeper understanding of our built and natural environments. From finance to grass roots community development, the MURP program at Ball State allows graduate students to explore the complex and ever-changing world of community renewal, real estate, and human interaction with our environment.
— Julie Collier, alumna, vice president of development at Flaherty & Collins 

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If you’d like to learn more about our Master of Urban and Regional Planning degree, complete our online form or contact us for more information. And if you’re ready to apply, review our admission requirements and complete our online application.

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