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Why FSU DURP?

"If you are passionate about planning and are looking for an opportunity to learn and work with some of the brightest staff from across the country, who simply care about the professional development and success of their students, I highly recommend considering DURP for your studies." – Alex Riemondy, Class of 2015


The Florida State University Department of Urban and Regional Planning is Florida’s oldest and largest graduate planning program. We have the top-ranked master’s program in Florida and a Top 25 ranked master’s program nationally, according to the latest rankings published by Planetizen.

Founded in 1965, DURP has been a leader in planning education for decades and shaped planning practice in a state internationally known for innovations in the areas of comprehensive planning, emergency management, land conservation, urban design, public health, and the transportation-land use nexus.

DURP Facts
DURP Fall 2018 Newsletter
Occupational Outlook Handbook- Urban Planners

DURP is made up of a nationally recognized faculty of twelve scholar/practitioners and is home to roughly 100 master’s students, 20 doctoral students and 50 undergraduates in our minor and combined degree programs. The program’s alumni number over 1,500 and are employed in almost every state in the nation and thirty countries outside of the United States. We have excellent professional and academic placement results for our master’s and doctoral graduates.

The Department offers graduate degree programs at the master’s and doctoral levels and an undergraduate minor. We teach specialized courses in environmental planning, neighborhood planning and community design, land use and comprehensive planning, building healthy communities, planning for developing areas, and transportation planning. We also offer advanced studies in collaboration and dispute resolution, and real estate development as part of our graduate curriculum.

We also offer joint master’s degree programs with six other departments at FSU that train professionals to work in positions at the nexus of their component professions. And, we offer international graduate student study abroad opportunities through our partnerships with the University of Amsterdam in the Netherlands and the University of Aalborg in Denmark that allow DURP students to study at those institutions during their time in our program.

The Department's faculty and students conduct research in the areas of: Planning for an Aging Population; Planning for Healthy and Resilient Communities; Transportation, Land Use and Accessibility; Sustainable Communities; Collaborative Environmental Management; Community Neighborhood Change; and Human Settlements and Institutions in the Context of Global Change.