City and Regional Planning

City and regional planners shape the future. We are innovators who pursue equity, sustainability and resilience in the face of global challenges. We are building local economies, providing affordable housing, promoting green energy, preserving threatened land, building great public transit and developing vibrant and resilient cities and regions throughout the globe.

Planners analyze the intersection of social and spatial systems to provide creative solutions in a multiplicity of focus areas, from transportation, to environment, to housing at a range of scales. Across the United States, thousands of planners are working in cities and towns, for nonprofit organizations, and for private planning firms. They work in public health, recreation and parks, airports and hospitals. 

At The Ohio State University, planning education occurs in within in a small community that has all the benefits of a large and diverse public university. The bachelor’s and master’s programs provide expansive knowledge of the field and detailed understanding in specific focus areas grounded in practice. We have both award winning practice based classes and internships with local planning related entities. Since planning concerns are global, City and Regional Planning at Ohio State offers a broad and evolving set of travel programs in Belize, Taiwan, Europe and Latin America. The doctoral program focuses on expanding knowledge of planning to improve the profession. Our vibrant faculty conduct research in vanguard areas of planning and continue to develop connections to work locally through internationally.

We are looking for innovative, inquisitive students with a passion for creating vibrant, sustainable and resilient communities in the U.S. and beyond.

Maria Manta Conroy, PhD
Associate Professor and Interim Head, City and Regional Planning Section


The PhD in City and Regional Planning (PhD in CRP) program prepares students for university careers involving teaching and research, and for careers in government or private institutions involving applied research on urban and regional problems. The curriculum is designed to ensure that the student learns to apply techniques and theories from a number of disciplines to planning problems.


The mission of the Master of City and Regional Planning (MCRP) program is to train students to become professional planners who can apply knowledge and theory in practical settings and to introduce students to the latest developments in planning knowledge and techniques. The program strives to do this by maintaining its excellence in teaching, research, and service in the context of a university whose mission includes both the attainment of international distinction in education and scholarship and the traditional role of a land-grant university with a heritage of public service.


The goal of the Bachelor of Science in City and Regional Planning (BSCRP) program is to help students develop professional competency in the art and science of planning, design, plan implementation, communication, history/theory, and professional practice. Graduates of the program are able to creatively combine planning principles, social and environmental consciousness, and communication to address people’s relationship to their community. The program emphasizes practical application of both traditional and evolving knowledge and skills as the foundation for professional competence and individualized enrichment.


The city and regional planning section offers two minors in city and regional planning, one at the undergraduate level and one at the graduate level. These minors are ideal supplements to studies in geography, landscape architecture, civil engineering or other related disciplines.