Planners increasingly make use of a wide variety of planning tools and technologies, including Geographic Information Systems (GIS) software, urban visualization and simulation software, forecasting methods, and other interactive information techniques.
This specialization prepares students to understand and use these tools, with special emphasis on their applications to decision-making in urban planning and policy analysis.
Intro Course (required)
Methods Course (required)
Elective Courses (minimum two)
As part of the requirement for graduation with an MUP, students seeking a specialization must prepare a professional project or at thesis related to that specialization. In rare cases, students may believe that they are unable to fit their specialization topic into the professional project. If so, they must still complete the professional project, but must consult with their Specialization Director about an additional class (most likely independent study) through which to demonstrate synthetic knowledge of the specialization. This may be done only with the Specialization Director’s approval.