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About the Department

The Department of Urban Studies and Planning offers two degree programs: the Master of Urban Planning (48 credit hours) and an undergraduate degree in Urban Studies (38 credit hours). The department also offers a Graduate Certificate in Economic Development.

The Master's program in Urban Planning is nationally accredited by the Planning Accreditation Board. It offers students the opportunity to specialize in Housing and Community Development, Urban Economic Development, and Managing Metropolitan Growth. Course projects and internships enable students to gain structured practical experience and student projects conducted as "capstone" courses in the Master's program are recognized for excellence by the Michigan Society of Planning.

The department's Stilgenbauer GIS Laboratory provides both graduate and undergraduate students with state of the art micro-computer workstations with mapping and statistical analysis capabilities.

Faculty in the department are widely recognized for their research in a variety of fields important to planning and urban policy, including housing (especially affordable housing), state and local economic development, neighborhood revitalization, land development patterns, and transportation. Faculty members are also actively engaged in the community, where they work directly with state, regional and local agencies as well as with a diverse array of community-based organizations. The Wayne State Student Urban Planners, a recognized chapter of the American Planning Association, is active both on campus and in the community.

Urban Studies & Planning
656 W. Kirby 3198 Faculty Admin Building
Detroit, MI 48202
Phone: (313) 577-2701
Fax: (313) 577-0022
Website: clasweb.clas.wayne.edu/dusp
Email: DUSP@wayne.edu