While the intellectual life of the Department is organized around particular program groups, and students are asked to select an area of specialization, there is a great deal of room for cross-over and flexibility in individual student programs. There are four areas of specialization (also called Program Groups), which reflect major types of planning practice:


The first decade of the Twenty-First Century has seen dramatic shifts in our global urbanized environments and cities. Developed countries have experienced rapid urbanization around their edges and deindustrialization in their cores, which are challenging historical models of city form and function. In the United States alone there is a record amount of blighted and vacant land surface available in urbanized areas that needs to be reimagined and retrofitted for productive uses.


The undergraduate program offers an interdisciplinary Bachelor of Science (SB) major designed to prepare students for careers in both the public and private sectors. The major also provides a foundation for students intending to do graduate work in law, public policy, development, urban design, management, and planning. The subjects in the major teach students the ways in which the tools of economics, policy analysis, political science, and design can be brought to bear on critical social and environmental problems in the US and abroad.

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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.

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  • MIT Department of Urban Studies and Planning
  • 77 Massachusetts Avenue
  • Room 7-337
  • Cambridge, MA 02139-4307
  • USA

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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.