Urban and Regional Planning

For nearly five decades, the Department of Urban and Regional Planning at the University at Buffalo has challenged students to reimagine and transform cities, strengthen and cultivate communities, enhance public services, forge new policies, and responsibly nurture the natural environment.

Study in Buffalo is distinctive, because we engage you in our city and region. In your studies with us, you become involved with city governments and neighborhood groups, urban and rural environments, citizens and leaders, and the challenges they face.

The Department of Urban and Regional Planning offers several degree programs at the graduate and undergraduate level, with diverse opportunities for advanced research, practice-based learning and cross-disciplinary study.

At the start of the third semester of study, all MUP students must select one of five specializations, or the advanced certificate in historic preservation, or the generalist track.

Our two-year master’s in urban planning (MUP) degree is fully accredited by the Planning Accreditation Board, a Chicago-based organization that recognizes professional urban planning programs for performance, integrity, and quality.  After a complete review in 2013, our program was fully reaccredited through December 31, 2021.  You can learn more about the accreditation process at the Planning Accreditation Board’s website.