Sustainable Urban Planning

Plan on Changing the World



A triple bottom-line approach to creating modern cities.

The Sustainable Urban Planning Program

Our Sustainable Urban Planning Master of Professional Studies program consistently makes headlines for its interdisciplinary approach and innovative academic practices that prioritize the health of our planet. The program offers a world-class education and opens doors to career advances in sustainability in various fields and industries. Immerse yourself in our community-centered environment, where you will learn from renowned faculty who have impacted sustainability and planning policy and practice in government, NGO, education and the private sector.

Master career-changing skills. Make life-long connections through our expansive professional network and lifetime career resources. Join us and position yourself to make a global impact.

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What will you study?

Our sustainable urban planning program is comprehensive and nationally recognized.
Delve into topics such as:

  • Agricultural Economics

  • City Planning

  • Climate Change

  • Food and Cities

  • Geospatial and Econometric Analysis
  • Housing and Design
  • Sustainable Energy

  • Transportation Planning in City Systems

  • Urban and Environmental Economics


The urban and environmental challenges created by humans will be solved by humans.

  • Discover a Smarter Approach: Our triple bottom-line emphasis on urban planning encompasses the economic, social, and environmental aspects of sustainability, preparing you to tackle challenges from multiple perspectives.
  • Get the Experts’ Insights: Learn from and collaborate with faculty based outside the George Washington University, in governmental, nongovernmental, and private sector agencies, ensuring you get an insider’s view of the field and what it takes to stand out.
  • Connect to Opportunities: Our network consists of faculty, partners and alumni at organizations including The World Bank, UN Habitat, U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development, ICF International and many more.
  • Make the City Your Classroom: We’ll help map your success by introducing you to planning apprenticeships and a school-to-work pipeline that can propel your career and impact.

Classes are forming now, with convenient hybrid options that fit your schedule and your career goals.

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Accredited by the Planning Accreditation Board
Accredited by the PAB

The Sustainable Urban Planning Master’s Degree is accredited by the Planning Accreditation Board (PAB). This is a high academic standard that recognizes professional planning programs in North America on the basis of performance, integrity, and quality. Successful completion of this program may reduce the time required to become certified through the American Institute of Certified Planners.



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