Graduate Programs

MUPDD program

Master of Urban Planning, Design and Development

About the Program

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Planetizen has ranked Levin College's MUPDD program among the top 15 programs in both Economic Development and Community Development. It is also ranked 8th for the most diverse student body and 8th for non-resident tuition.

The MUPDD program is fully accredited as a planning program by the Planning Accreditation Board. We have graduated more than 350 students since the program's inception in 1990. Our MUPDD graduates are employed today by cities, townships, community development corporations, social service organizations, real estate and development organizations, and planning firms across Ohio and the United States.

Students who will find value in the MUPDD program are as follows:

  • Recent college graduates and mid-career planners and public sector administrators whose work is focused on economic development, land use, environmental issues, housing, historic preservation, real estate development and urban design;
  • Employees in federal, state, county, and local governments;
  • Employees in regional planning authorities and special districts;
  • Executives and senior staff at nonprofit organizations working at the neighborhood scale on revitalization; andASCP Education Guide
  • Those involved in real estate development

The Master of Urban Planning, Design & Development (MUPDD) program prepares men and women for planning practice in a wide variety of organizational settings and professional pursuits. The curriculum combines an appreciation of planning as a profession, substantive studiesregarding urban challenges and opportunities, and a set of analytical skills useful to planning practice. Together these prepare future planners with the theory, skills, and practical experience needed to fairly and efficiently facilitate the transformation and revitalization of cities and their regions, building better places to live, work and play.

Career Opportunities

Graduate level training in urban planning offers students the opportunity to pursue careers in city or regional planning, housing and neighborhood development, real estate finance and development, economic development, environmental planning, historic preservation, and geographic information systems (GIS). Courses are designed to train new planners in the latest techniques and theories and to upgrade the skills of existing planners.

Planning program graduates are employed in the public, private, and nonprofit sectors. Many graduates pursue careers in:

  • City and county planning agencies
  • City and county economic development agencies
  • Metropolitan planning organizations
  • Community development organizations
  • State and federal government agencies
  • Watershed organizations
  • Public or non-profit housing agencies
  • Private sector planning, development, and design firms
  • Public park systems
  • School districts
  • Nonprofit advocacy organizations
  • University research centers
  • Philanthropic foundations
Contact Information

Faculty Program Director: Stephanie Ryberg-Webster (Interim Director)

Prospective students please contact:
Lindsey Hobson, Levin College Admission Recruiter
Telephone: (216) 687-4506 / E-mail:

Current students please contact:
Dave Arrighi, Levin College Graduate Advisor
Telephone: (216) 523-7522 / E-mail:


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