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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


Freshwater resources contribute to agriculture, electricity production, and industrial economic growth around the world. In a new study, DCRP’s Dale Whittington and co-authors … Continued

Nichola Lowe CURS

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


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

Diversity & Inclusion

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


Dear Carolina Community: Knowledge creation calls for space and security to look beyond established ideas toward newer thought, innovations and … Continued

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

Training next generation planners

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Our student ITE Chapter welcomes anyone who works to improve livable communities.

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.


Each year DCRP faculty and student body members select exemplary students as recipients of our annual DCRP awards. This year, … Continued

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