The Department of Urban and Regional Planning offers several degree programs at the graduate and undergraduate level, with diverse opportunities for advanced research, practice-based learning and cross-disciplinary study.


  • Bachelor of Arts in Environmental Design
    We live in times in which our urban and built environments are undergoing unprecedented change. The Bachelor of Arts (BA) in Environmental Design degree provides students with the skills to understand, analyze, and solve problems associated with such change, with a view toward community vitality, social fairness, and the design of sustainable environments. Our program applies knowledge of social and behavioral science to plan and design community environments that affect, and are affected by, human behavior.
  • Environmental Design Minor
    The minor in environmental design provides students from diverse academic backgrounds a broad foundation in the principles of urban design as well as the form and function of the built environment.


  • Master of Urban Planning
    Today the world is reexamining the interaction of human settlements and place in the context of complex challenges such as climate change, rapid urbanization and a global crisis in public health. In creating the policies and tools that shape our environment, urban planners are central to the development of sustainable and enriching places for all. 
  • Master of Science in International Development and Global Health
    Embark on a transformative journey with our Master of Science in Interdisciplinary Global Health and International Development (MSIDGH) program, uniquely designed to equip you with the interdisciplinary perspective needed to tackle the world's most pressing issues in sustainable development and social justice. Dive deep into the socioeconomic, environmental, and geopolitical dimensions of global health disparities, becoming a nimble problem-solver poised to challenge broken systems. With coursework spanning refugee health, water politics, epidemiology, and more, alongside a semester-long field placement, you'll gain hands-on experience and make tangible impacts worldwide. Whether aspiring to work with prestigious organizations like the World Health Organization or forging your own path, this program welcomes applicants from all backgrounds, positioning you for success in a multitude of career pathways. Join us in reshaping the future of global health and development.
  • PhD in Urban and Regional Planning
    The PhD in Urban Planning program at the University at Buffalo provides a dynamic and multidisciplinary academic experience, equipping students with the knowledge, skills, and research expertise to tackle complex urban challenges. With a focus on innovation and critical thinking, students engage in rigorous coursework, independent research, and collaborative projects spanning urban design, sustainability, social equity, and economic development. Mentored by renowned faculty, students benefit from cutting-edge facilities and the vibrant community of Buffalo, New York, gaining real-world experience and forging connections in the field. Flexible and tailored to individual interests, the program prepares graduates to lead positive change in urban environments, advancing sustainable development and social justice.
  • Graduate Certificate in Affordable Housing
    The Graduate Affordable Housing Advanced Certificate is designed for individuals who are aspiring or advancing professionals with an earned bachelor's degree and an interest in gaining further knowledge about the design, policy-making, and development of affordable housing in the United States.

Dual Degrees