City and Regional Planning


There is no box. City and regional planners are out-of-the-box thinkers. We love cities, towns, and regions. We are sustainability systems designers. We are tomorrow’s innovators who care about the quality of life for everyone. We are interested in developing local economies and for an entire country, providing affordable housing, promoting green energy, preserving threatened land, building great public transit, and developing sustainable cities and regions throughout the globe.

Planners work with communities to foster vital places.  We work in airports, in nonprofit organizations, in private planning firms, corporations, developers, in public health departments, in hospitals. The United States has approximately 50,000 practicing planners.

Does this sound like you or who you’d like to be? We are looking for innovative, creative students ready to be challenged. Education in city and regional planning will make your career goals reality.

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 emphasize developing planners for professional practice through real-world experiences. The doctoral program focuses on expanding knowledge of planning to improve the profession.  And since planning concerns are global, city and regional planning at Ohio State offers a broad and evolving set or travel programs in Belize, Taiwan, Europe, and Latin America.  Our students are among the best in the world, and the opportunities for learning are endless.

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.