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Program Highlights

BU’s City Planning & Urban Affairs programs are top level. Here are a few reasons why:

Study at the pace that works for you, full- or part-time, with multiple on-campus class times that include evenings, and courses that begin fall, spring, and summer.
Active Learning Environment
The programs focus on practical, hands-on education, ensuring you are immersed in all aspects of city planning and urban affairs. It’s education you can apply on the job, right now.
15:1 Class Ratio
Enjoy an exceptional student-to-instructor ratio, ensuring close interaction with faculty and access to the support you need to thrive.
Extensive network
Study complex issues alongside peers with solid city planning and urban affairs policymaking experience, learn from faculty who have valuable contacts in the field, and benefit from an alumni community with strong professional connections.
MET offers merit scholarships to help finance your degree. No GRE or GMAT required.
Track Record
Learn from the best—BU MET has been offering the Master of Urban Affairs since 1969. The Master of City Planning was introduced in 1978.
Engaged, connected faculty
Over the course of your City Planning or Urban Affairs program, you’ll work with highly qualified faculty who unite the leading theories and practices in the field with real-world cases to provide students with hands-on field expertise and planning and policy research. You’ll gain relevant insights in areas such as transportation, land use, affordable housing, community development planning, sustainability, urban design, and comparative urbanization.
The Boston University reputation
When you have a degree from Boston University, that means something. Named to the prestigious Association of American Universities (AAU), BU is one of the top research universities in the United States and Canada. And as a graduate, you’ll be able to take that name with you. Always.
A city unlike any other
There’s a reason we’re called Boston University. Hip neighborhoods, soaring skyscrapers, championship sports teams, and rich history and culture. When you’re at BU, you’re at the heart of it all. And because we’re right in Boston, you’ll have a wealth of opportunities to consider for your field of study or area of special interest.

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Career Outlook

BU MET – For those who want to lead

Earning a bachelor’s, master’s, and/or graduate certificate in city planning or urban affairs has propelled our graduates to positions far and wide.

Recent graduates have established their careers at:

  • Better Wyoming
  • Boston Cyclists Union
  • Boston University
  • Burns & McDonnell
  • City of Boston
  • Maryann Thompson Architects
  • MassDevelopment
  • McClure Engineering Company
  • Metro Area Regional Planning Commission
  • Metropolitan Area Planning Council
  • North Shore Community Development Coalition
  • TD Garden
  • Urbanability

Potential careers

  • Urban and Environmental Policy Planning
  • Transportation Planner
  • Community Development Planner
  • City/Town Planner
  • Land Use Planner
  • Economic Development
  • Research and Policy Analyst
  • Policy and Economic Development Manager
  • Manager, Public Policy and Governmental Affairs
  • Research and Policy Analyst
  • Stakeholder Management
  • Community and Economic Development
  • Public-sector/nonprofit Management
  • Sustainable Management


Employment of urban and regional planners is projected to grow 4% from 2021 to 2031.

Urban planners will be needed to develop revitalization projects and address issues associated with population growth, environmental degradation, the movement of people and goods, and resource scarcity.

Source: Bureau of Labor Statistics

Important qualities include:

Analytical skills, communication skills, decision-making skills, and leadership skills.

Source: Bureau of Labor Statistics


Median annual wage for Urban and Regional Planners, May 2021

Source: Bureau of Labor Statistics

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