Master of Urban Planning

Build Thriving Cities Through a Blend of Design, Policy, and Management

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As over half of the world’s population lives in cities, urban planners are more important than ever. This program gives you the unique opportunity to study urban planning in the context of the real world. And there’s no better place than NYC to learn what happens when ideas meet messy urban realities. The skills, insights, and multidisciplinary toolkit you’ll earn will prepare you to design more livable and sustainable cities, anywhere in the world.


  • Housed within a school of public service, you’ll study a unique blend of planning, management, finance, and policy that prepares you to address financial constraints and resource limitations, and also market realities and political hurdles—the difference between beautiful designs and real impact. 
  • A responsive program that adapts to evolving urban challenges and provides the full set of skills for you to grapple with them.
  • A tight-knit and passionate student community, with the resources of a larger school.

Academic overview

The Master of Urban Planning degree program can be completed in two years full-time or 3-4 years part-time, with the flexibility to switch between the two. All students take school-wide and urban planning core courses to gain essential, foundational skills. Students also choose a track, each of which has a set of required courses and a wide range of electives. 



When you graduate, you’ll be prepared to hit the ground running and make your impact in every area of urban planning, including transportation, housing and neighborhood development, and environmental sustainability, among others. 

“As an urban planning program uniquely situated in a school of public policy, NYU Wagner provides future planners with a broad and expansive skill set. The networks and connections I developed at NYU Wagner help me to better serve the public and to make New York a healthier and greener city.”

Nick Molinari, MUP 2005
Chief of Planning and Parklands, NYC Dept. of Parks & Recreation