Discover Urban Planning at UWM

One of the most rewarding aspects of being a planner is that each day brings new challenges and fresh opportunities.

“I enjoy the diversity of projects I work on and the diverse groups of people I work with. To be able to work with and hear the concerns and hopes of farmers, environmentalists, homebuilders, elected officials, community activists, housing advocates and many others was quite enlightening to me.”

--Jason Sartori, planning consultant, quoted in Becoming an Urban Planner

As a member of this ever-changing profession, planners work to enhance quality of life and social equity for all, whether working on a neighborhood revitalization plan or a regional transportation plan. Planners address the diverse needs of community members to build a better future.

The Master of Urban Planning (MUP) is a professional program designed to prepare students for careers in public planning agencies, nonprofit organizations or in private practice. This two-year program is fully accredited by the Planning Accreditation Board (PAB). No specific undergraduate background is required for admission to this degree program, although many students come from backgrounds in Architecture, Geography, Political Science, or other social sciences.

The Department of Urban Planning offers coordinated degree programs with architecture (M.Arch/MUP), engineering (MS/MUP), and public administration (MPA/MUP). See Coordinated Degrees for further information. The department also offers an Undergraduate Certificate in Urban Planning Studies, a Graduate Certificate in Geographic Information Systems (GIS), and transcript-designated concentrations in Geographic Information Systems (GIS) and Real Estate Development.

The MUP equips students with the skills they will need to tackle the challenges facing cities in the decades ahead—from the Rust Belt to the Sunbelt, from central city to suburb. Students build their planning and problem-solving skills through course projects, often working with community clients.

Urban planning is an interdisciplinary field of study, reflected in the academic backgrounds of our faculty, with expertise in economics, urban design, urban revitalization, transportation, sustainability, urban design, and the intersections between these areas of study.

While attending, there is a student organization where you can network and get to know other studenst in Planning.

The School of Architecture and Urban Planning offers a number of opportunities for high school students to work with our students, faculty, the local community, and professionals in planning. The Urban Planning Department offers the PUPS (pre-urban planners) program for urban youth.