Welcome from the Director

The field of urban and regional planning provides students with an opportunity to obtain a professional degree in a field that is centrally concerned with enhancing the quality of life for residents of both urban and rural areas as well as protecting the environment and sustaining the earth. For over 50 years, The University of Iowa has been offering high quality graduate education in urban and regional planning. As measured by our graduates’ performance on the American Institute of Certified Planners (AICP) Exam, we are among the top planning schools in the nation with an 87 percent pass rate among our graduates taking the exam.

And according to the Planetizen 2017 rankings of master’s programs in urban and regional planning, ours is the sixth best planning program in the Midwest. Among master’s programs without a Ph.D., we rank seventh in the nation. We also rank seventh in the nation among smaller planning program and fifth among planning schools in small cities.

Located in a vibrant urban and academic setting, the University of Iowa School of Urban and Regional Planning offers a fully accredited Master's degree (either MA or MS) in Urban and Regional Planning.

Areas of concentration include: economic development; geographic information systems (GIS); land use and environmental planning; housing and community development; and transportation. Joint degrees (with Law, Public Health, Social Work, Civil and Environmental Engineering, Environmental Policy and Planning or Higher Education and Student Affairs) are also offered.

Our focus is on analytical urban planning, public policy, and sustainability. The School of Urban and Regional Planning is a campus leader in community engagement and pioneered the Iowa Initiative for Sustainable Communities (IISC), through which students from disciplines across campus provide key answers to important sustainability questions for communities in Iowa. In their second year Field Problems course, all our students participate in the development of a sustainability plan or report through the IISC.

We have an outstanding set of students who are enabled by the graduate education they receive here to obtain good placements in the planning profession. Our faculty are recognized for both their scholarship and teaching, while also being engaged in the community.

If you would like more information, please contact us to schedule a visit.

Charles Connerly, Professor and Director