Urban & Regional Planning

Light rail

Urban and regional planning is one of Humphrey School's strongest areas of expertise. Humphrey students build a strong foundation in public action, political context, and the social and economic implications of urban planning. They understand the role of place in creating policy and recognize the diverse systems that form and impact urban and regional environments.  The primary degree program associated with this area of expertise is the Master of Urban and Regional Planning (MURP), however other academic programs also offer students an opportunity to study urban and regional planning issues. 

Urban & Regional Planning Area Chair

Associate Professor Ryan Allen

Related Academic Programs


  • Master of Urban & Regional Planning (MURP) 
  • Master of Science in Science, Technology, and Environmental Policy (MS–STEP)
  • Master of Public Policy (MPP)

  • Master of Public Affairs (Mid-Career) (MPA)

Associated Research Centers

The State and Local Policy Program engages in research and public education in the broad policy areas of transportation and economic development. Recent activity includes work on value pricing, rural vitality, knowledge clusters, corridor design, rural safety, and transportation technology.