Quick Facts:

  • The Department of Urban Studies & Planning (DUSP) is a department within the School of Architecture + Planning at MIT
  • Year founded: 1933 
  • Degrees Offered: Bachelor of Science in Planning (SB);  Bachelor of Science in Urban Science and Planning with Computer Science (SB); Master of City Planning (MCP); Master of Science (SM); Master of Science in Transportation (MST); Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.) 
  • Number of graduate students (2017-2018): 205 (138 master, 67 PhD) 
  • Number of faculty: 40 
  • The Planetizen Guide to Graduate Urban Planning Programs once again ranked DUSP #1 in the U.S. and Canada

The Department of Urban Studies & Planning
is composed of four specialization areas (also referred to as Program Groups):

There are also three cross-cutting areas of study: Transportation Systems Planning, Urban Information Systems (UIS), and Multi-Regional Systems Planning.

These planning specialties can be distinguished by the geographic levels at which decision making takes place—neighborhood, city, regional, state, national, and global. Subspecialties have also been described in terms of the roles that planners are called upon to play, such as manager, designer, regulator, advocate, educator, evaluator, or futurist. 

A focus on the development of practice-related skills is central to the department's mission, particularly for students in the Master of City Planning (MCP) professional degree program. Acquiring these skills and integrating them with classroom knowledge are advanced through the department's field-based practicum and studios subjects, research, and through internship programs. 


For a full description of the department its program groups, and curricula see the Institute Catalog. 

Many of the courses developed by DUSP faculty are provided free to the public through MIT's Open CourseWare site.