With the largest Planning faculty in the United States, MIT's Department of Urban Studies and Planning has unparalled breadth and depth of expertise. In particular, IDG faculty conduct research or work on projects in virtually every area of the world, including Africa, Asia, Europe, the Middle East, North America, Oceania, and Central and South America.


Since its founding 80 years ago, the Department of Urban Studies and Planning at MIT has consistently been rated the premier planning school in the world. We are home to the largest urban planning faculty in the United States and enjoy the advantage of operating within the context of MIT’s culture of innovation and interdisciplinary knowledge creation. We see as our mission to educate students while advancing theory and practice in areas of scholarship that will best serve the nation and the world in the twenty-first century.


Degree Programs

The Department trains practitioners in planning, development and design and prepares scholars for advanced research and teaching.


The Department offers the Doctor of Philosophy in Urban Studies and Planning (PhD) degree. Approximately 12 candidates join the Department each year.


The following sections describe the application process in detail.  Offers of admission will be made in mid to late March.  Applicants will be notified of our decision by e-mail with an official letter to follow by mail if you are admitted.