The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill is a leader among planning schools with world-class faculty and high-impact research. Located in the booming Research Triangle, Carolina Planning is an epicenter of collaboration and innovation in the economic, housing, community development, transportation, land use and environmental planning that shapes our cities and regions of the world.


A two-year professional program that teaches the theory, skills, and decision-making techniques needed for positions of leadership in the planning profession.


An advanced academic degree that prepares students for a career in teaching and applied research at universities, governments, and other organizations.


A minor in Urban Studies and Planning that allows undergraduates to explore urban and regional issues through a planning framework.

3rd among Graduate Planning Programs

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Engaged Social Science

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“In the Shadow of Ferguson” personifies the socio-historical-political processes that institutionalized racism and inequality, documenting 100 years of critical events … Continued

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A third of urban population around the world live in irregular settlements. Yet we know little about where these settlements … Continued

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Many North Carolina communities are experiencing an affordable housing crisis, which is particularly severe for those who rent. This report … Continued

Diversity & Inclusion

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The Racial Equity Institute (REI) hosts trainings locally and nationally to help communities, organizations, and institutions develop tools to challenge … Continued

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Technology entrepreneurship is rarely uttered in the same breath with terms like racial diversity or socioeconomic inclusion. Diversity, inclusion, and … Continued

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This summer two Carolina Planning Master’s students were awarded the first annual Excellence in Diversity Fellowship. This fellowship was established … Continued

Training next generation planners

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Carolina Planning Students Use GIS to Visualize Displacement Risk in Durham.

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Congratulations to all of the teams that participated in the Urban Ideas Competition on a job well done! The fourth … Continued


As a researcher and a practicing planner, I am passionate about both equitable development and coastal environments, which has directed … Continued

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