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Master's Programs in Urban Planning in New York City (NYC)

New York City is a city with a plethora of complex urban planning issues, policies and projects. Universities across the city offer master's degree students the chance to practice urban planning in the heart of The Big Apple.

Fordham University

In Fordham University's 16-month Master of Arts in Urban Studies program, students take classes in the evening so that they can spend their days participating in field research across the city. The program includes only three required courses so that students can tailor their coursework to align with their specific career interests.

The City College of New York

The City College of New York offers a two-semester Master of Urban Planning in Urban Design for applicants who already have a bachelor's degree in a relevant field (like architecture or landscape architecture). The core of the program is a design studio, in which students brainstorm, design, and strategize an urban design project in New York City.

New York University (NYU)

In the Master of Urban Planning program at NYU's Wagner Graduate School of Public Service, students spend 2-4 years (2 years full-time, 3-4 years part-time) taking courses in planning, finance, policy-making, and management. The program offers specializations in (1) economic development and housing, (2) environment, infrastructure, and transportation, (3) international development planning, and (4) urban analytics.

Pratt Institute

The Master of Science in City and Regional Planning at the Pratt Institute takes 5 semesters to complete. Students take 40 credits of core coursework in economics, history, policy, research, and studio practice. Students also take 20 credits from one of the following concentration tracks: (1) progressive real estate practice, (2) community development and policy, (3) physical planning, (4) preservation planning, (5) placemaking and transportation, and (6) sustainability and resilience.

Columbia University

At Columbia University students can earn their professional Master of Science in Urban Planning in two years. The program specializes in urban analytics or using data science to better visualize how socioeconomic and political issues affect and are affected by the built environment.

Cornell University

Cornell University offers a semester in New York City program, wherein their Master of Regional Planning students complete an urban design studio, urban planning workshop, and professional colloquium, in the heart of The Big Apple. Students can also choose to complete a two-day a week internship with one of the university's corporate partners.

The New School

The New School's two-year Master of Science in Design and Urban Ecologies blends classes in policy, urban planning, urban design, history, politics, and activism. Their program is studio-driven, meaning that while in the program students work on a project to help bring social justice to an urban environment.

Hunter College

In Hunter College's Master of Urban Planning program, students take academic courses, complete workshops, and culminate their studies with a hands-on capstone studio. The program offers concentrations in (1) general practice, (2) transportation and infrastructures, (3) community planning and advocacy, (4) sustainability and the environment, (5) housing and built environment, and (6) economic development.

New York Institute of Technology

The New York Institute of Technology offers a 1.5 year (three semesters) Master of Science in Architecture, Urban, and Regional Design. Admitted students work on projects with both the faculty at the university and public and private organizations across the New York City metropolitan area.

School NamePrograms OfferedAverage Graduate Tuition (2018-2019)*
Fordham UniversityMA in Urban Studies$33,696
The City College of New YorkMaster of Urban PlanningIn-state: $10,770
Out-of-state: $19,920
New York UniversityMaster of Urban PlanningIn-state: $42,888
Pratt InstituteMS in City and Regional Planning$32,004
Columbia UniversityMS in Urban Planning$46,216
Cornell UniversityMaster of Regional Planning$29,500
The New SchoolMS in Design and Urban Ecologies$45,669
Hunter CollegeMaster of Urban PlanningIn-state: $10,770
Out-of-state: $19,920
New York Institute of TechnologyMS in Architecture, Urban, and Regional Design$23,130

Source: *National Center for Education Statistics

Admissions Requirements for a Master's in Urban Planning in NYC

Students interested in earning a master's degree in urban planning must first obtain a bachelor's degree from an accredited university (some master's programs require students to have a GPA of 3.0 or higher). Applicants send in their transcripts, a writing sample or portfolio, letters of recommendation, a resume/CV and a statement of purpose essay. Some universities require applicants to send in GRE scores. International students (or students whose first language is not English) must also submit test scores for TOEFL, IELTS, or another English proficiency exam.

Urban planning master's degree programs are hands-on interdisciplinary programs that incorporate planning, design, politics, data analytics, studio-based, and research-based learning and research. While studying urban planning at universities in New York City, students have access to internship opportunities in an urban environment.