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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

DCRP faculty member Meenu Tewari

A resilient recovery cannot be about a return to status quo. We have an opportunity to build a more just … Continued

Nichola Lowe CURS

North Carolina is well-positioned to meet this challenge, and also respond to future pandemics and natural disasters.

Diversity & Inclusion


How to measure and expand credit unions’ social impact to help develop a strategic advantage in the communities they serve.

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

DCRP faculty member Danielle Spurlock

Congratulations Dr. Spurlock! The UNC Center for Public Service recently announced the graduation of the Class VII Thorp Faculty Engaged … Continued

Training next generation planners

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Understanding the transportation barriers to accessing healthcare and identifying innovative solutions to address those barriers.

Anna Jane Jones

On-the-job training for postgraduate students in coastal resource management and policy.

Pierce Holloway

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

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