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Imagining Better Communities

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 a center 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.

MASTER’S PROGRAM

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

PHD PROGRAM

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

UNDERGRADUATE MINOR

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

5th among Graduate Planning Programs

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Engaged Social Science


The Carolina Tracker website features timely stories, datasets and visualizations based on 30 different economic, social and transportation indicators for … Continued

Nichola Lowe

An argument for reimagining skill in a way that can extend economic opportunity to workers at the bottom of the … Continued


  DCRP’s Dr. William Rohe, former Cary C. Boshamer Distinguished Professor of City and Regional Planning and former Director of … Continued

Diversity & Inclusion

DCRP faculty member Danielle Spurlock

The FES program brings together selected faculty from across campus to engage in a two-year experiential, competency-based curriculum designed to … Continued

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“We’re Everywhere!”: The Social, Political and Economic Life of LGBTQ+ Communities.


Are you thinking about applying to our MCRP program? Let our friends and alumni help! If you are from a … Continued

Training next generation planners


Hazards are complex problems, at times with overlapping events.

Pierce Holloway

Fellows hold skill-building placements with local cultural institutions, on or off campus, which serve or collaborate with publics beyond UNC.

Fern Hickey is a master’s student specializing in Land Use and Environmental Planning

There is immense value in having the PIRS integrated into planning training.

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