Department: Urban Policy and Planning


The Department of Urban Policy and Planning offers two graduate degrees, an accredited Master of Urban Planning degree, and a Master of Science in Urban Policy and Leadership degree. Both programs combine theory and practice in order to provide students with an in-depth understanding and appreciation of urban planning and policy.

Since its creation by advocacy planner Paul Davidoff, in 1965, the department has consistently upheld a vision of urban policy and planning as multi-disciplinary fields. In keeping with this vision, the department’s faculty members represent a wide range of disciplines including architecture, economics, history, political science, public health, public policy, social work, sociology and urban planning. They collectively bring a wealth of academic and professional expertise to their teaching. The programs also benefit greatly from a distinguished part-time faculty who bring practical experience and knowledge in both public and non-profit sectors into the classroom. The programs offer specialized courses in advocacy, comparative politics, economic development, education, governance, health, housing, immigration, infrastructure, policy analysis, public and nonprofit management, sustainability and the environment, transportation and urban design. 

What can I do with my degree in Urban Policy and Planning?

Graduates pursue careers in the following areas: urban and regional planning, community planning and advocacy, economic development, environmental planning, transportation and infrastructure development, housing, public policy, and nonprofit management.

Urban Policy and Planning Programs and Courses

Joint Program

•  Master of Urban Planning/Juris Doctor

•  Urban Planning - MUP

•  Urban Policy and Leadership - MS

Administration and Faculty


Professor Joseph P. Viteritti
1606 West
(212) 772-5597

Department Office:

1611 West
(212) 772-5518
Hours of Operation: Monday – Friday 10:00 AM – 6:00 PM

Graduate Advisers:

Prof. Nicholas Dagen Bloom, Program Director, Graduate Program in Urban Planning
1611 West
(212) 772-5518

Prof. Jill Simone Gross, Program Director, Graduate Program in Urban Policy and Leadership
1610 West
(212) 772-5600