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

Meenu Tewari talking to a student

Can firms and economies utilize global value chains (GVC) for development? How can they move from low-income to middle-income and … Continued

Michael Webb, left, and William Rohe

Award to support the creation of an app to help low-income people find safe, affordable housing.

Nichola Lowe CURS

On June 30, 2019, longtime Center for Urban and Regional Studies (CURS) Director Bill Rohe will step down from his … Continued

Diversity & Inclusion

China University

Jiangyue Sun and Chenqi Zhu, Master’s students who entered the program one year apart, came to Carolina Planning from the … Continued

Students Talking

The DCRP P2P Program – P2P stands for peer to peer – is a program that is designed to help … Continued

Voters and campaign volunteers at the Durham County Library.

Bias in land use decisions is difficult to measure, but new research in Durham reveals that race has been a … Continued

Training next generation planners

Karla and Mai at the Capstone

In their final year in the program, students must submit a final project of professional quality on a topic in … Continued

May Wolfe

Special Planner Profile Series Mary Wolfe is a PhD candidate in the department of City & Regional Planning at UNC-Chapel … Continued

GIS Durham

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

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