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Urban and Regional Planning Department


Urban planners manage and guide critical issues of growth and change while promoting environmental and social balance. Careers for urban and regional planners exist in city, county, regional, state and national government, private consulting firms, nonprofit organizations, and research and academic institutions.

SJSU's Department of Urban and Regional Planning is uniquely poised to educate planning professionals and generate innovative research, given its location in downtown San José, the largest city in Northern California and the capital of Silicon Valley. The department takes advantage of its location in a rapidly changing and socially complex region by collaborating with local planning agencies and community-based organizations. Faculty and students engage in public service projects designed to assist local communities in addressing topical planning issues, while also providing students with real-world professional experience.

We offer an undergraduate minor in urban studies, graduate certificate programs, and a Master of Urban Planning (MUP) degree.