City and Regional Planning

Over the last two decades, the way we think about cities – and how we talk about them – has changed dramatically.

We still discuss all the traditional subjects of city and regional planning: transportation and infrastructure, land use and zoning, economic and community development, participatory planning, environmental impact, regional economic analysis and all the tools of city and regional planning.

However, you may have also noticed too that we now talk about the goals of planning first – mobility, resilience, sustainability, inclusion, equity.  At the Knowlton School, we talk about where we want to go and then about the tools we have, and the tools we might need, to get there.

In other words, at OSU, we begin by asking: what would an equitable, inclusive, resilient, sustainable city look like?

When you come to city planning at The Ohio State University you’ll find that we have an optimistic and aspirational view of what cities and communities are, and what they can be. We see the possibility of sustainable and equitable cities enabled through deliberate, intentional, and inclusive urban planning. 

And so, I invite you to learn the tools of urban planning here with us and learn the set of interventions that are unique to the city planning discipline – from our nationally and internationally recognized faculty of award-winning teachers and researchers.

This year, Ohio State celebrates its 150th anniversary. In CRP we recently celebrated 60 years of City and Regional Planning at The Ohio State University. And, our BSCRP program just turned 10 years old.  So in this historic year, I further invite you to join the growing conversation about the future of cities and city planning. Whether you are in one of our undergraduate or graduate programs or simply taking a course with us, I invite you to join the conversation about how we design, build, manage, and maintain the kind of cities and regions we want to live in.

Jennifer Clark, PhD
Professor and 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.