About UPEP

Department’s Mission Statement

The mission of our department is to prepare our Masters students to be professional planners and train doctoral students to be urban planning researchers and professors who are well-prepared to help solve the pressing urban and environmental problems of our city, the region, the nation, and the world. As a state- designated “special purpose institution for urban programming,” we embrace the challenge of preparing students to work on demanding urban and environmental problems in complex political and institutional settings and in difficult multi-cultural situations. We understand the diversity of our students – in race and ethnicity, nation of origin, gender, life experiences and cultural background, and otherwise – as a precious resource for our program, the profession and society. Our mission is to develop this resource to advance the public interest and the common good through planning and policymaking.