Ohio State University

Knowlton School of Architecture

City and Regional Planning


Sullivant Hall, 1813 North High Street

230 N Oval Mall

Columbus, OH 43221

United States





Program Information

Degrees Offered:

Master of City and Regional Planning, Certificate in Creative Placemaking, Ph.D. in City and Regional Planning

Format: Campus

Program Description:

City and Regional Planning addresses the future of cities, neighborhoods, rural areas and metropolitan regions all across the globe. The Master of City and Regional Planning Program at the Knowlton School trains students to apply knowledge and theory to practice. Our two-year program offers students a comprehensive planning education that grounds them in the social, political, design, environmental and fiscal realities of the profession, while providing them with the communication and technical skills that are necessary for effective engagement. The curriculum is anchored by core courses in history, theory, design and analytic techniques — all of which are necessary when tackling the wide array of topics that planners face in practice. Electives provide students with the opportunity to develop an area of concentration, pursue multiple interests or even create a unique dual degree program. In studios, student teams are consultants completing projects for real-world clients. The Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.) in City and Regional Planning trains students to undertake interdisciplinary, independent, and applied research on urban and regional problems and planning processes. The program prepares students for academic careers involving teaching and research, and for careers in government, non-profit, or private institutions involving applied research on urban and regional problems. Areas of scholarly specialization are Economic Planning and Development; Housing, Community Development and Neighborhood Planning; Urban Design, Physical Planning and Behavior; Environmental Planning and Sustainability; and Transportation. Creative placemaking is a new and fast-growing approach to enhancing community and economic development through arts and culture. The certification in creative placemaking at The Ohio State University is the first and only program in the United States that offers both a practitioner certification and graduate credit. The program is practical, scholarly, convenient and collegial and can be completed entirely online.


The Master of City and Regional Planning program is accredited by the American Planning Association’s Planning Accreditation Board.

Facts & Figures

Financial Aid: Yes

International Financial Aid: Yes

In State Tuition (per year): 12934 USD

Out State Tuition (per year): 31478 USD

Classification: Doctoral/Research University—Extensive

Locale: Large City

Size & Settings: 40,000+

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