The primary focus of the Department is to train practitioners for professional practice. The main emphasis, therefore, is on the Master in City Planning (MCP) degree program. The MCP program is the largest degree program at DUSP, accepting 60-65 new students each fall. Under special circumstances, admission may be granted to candidates seeking a one-year Master of Science (S.M.) degree.
A PhD in Urban Studies is also offered for those interested in pursuing advanced research and teaching in the field. Approximately 10-15 PhD candidates join the Department each year.