The Department of Urban Studies and Planning is distinguished by curriculum, research, and community engagement that constructively address the issues confronting declining cities and regions, taking full advantage of its location in Detroit.
Our undergraduate degree in urban studies places an emphasis on building a firm theoretical and practical understanding of cities and communities across the globe. The master of urban planning (M.U.P.) program was recently rated as one of the leading programs in the nation. It offers a challenging fully accredited curriculum that showcases the many ways in which planners can help resolve the problems faced by cities and regions in the United States. Each of the concentrations in this degree program—housing and community development, urban economic development and managing metropolitan growth—reflects the research expertise of faculty in the department.
Our programs offer all students access to a state-of-the-art Geographical Information Systems (GIS) lab with opportunities to work with faculty on current research and apply classroom learning through internships offered by agencies throughout the Detroit metropolitan area.