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Quick Facts

The future begins with Urban Planning

Around the world, the pressing issues that communities face call for the expertise, analytical judgement, communication skills, and leadership that Urban Planners provide. The future of housing, the future of mobility, the future of equity, the future of climate resilience, and the future of livability all begin with conversations in urban planning. What can you contribute to this future? Discover it with a degree in urban planning!

An education in urban planning will provide you with a solid grounding in the broad concepts and specific skills needed to excel as an urban planner in the public or private sector. Our industry-aligned curriculum and hands-on learning will outfit you with the expertise and confidence to achieve. A balance of research, history, theory, policy, economics, statistics, geospatial mapping, design, analysis, visual, verbal and written communication round out the diverse tasks and skills that urban planners use on a daily basis. Our alumni go on to work for non-profit services, land development and professional service / consulting firms, transportation authorities, federal departments, municipal and regional planning authorities, housing agencies, and community development agencies. As the pressing issues of the future begin with urban planning, we invite you to help shape the future of communities.

Curriculum Change

Beginning in the 2023-2024 academic year, an alternative entry program has been created for current Ball State students who are interested in studying urban planning. This is not for students admitted into the College of Architecture and Planning.  Alternative entry students take two spring planning courses – PLAN 100 and PLAN 105 -- that will prepare them for application to the second year of the Bachelor of Urban Planning and Development program

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If you’d like to learn more about our Bachelor of Urban Planning and Development degree, complete our online form. Or one of the best ways to get a true feel for Ball State is to see it for yourself, so schedule a visit today! And if you’re ready to apply, review our admission requirements and complete our online application.

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