Since its creation by advocacy planner Paul Davidoff in 1965, Hunter Urban Policy & Planning (UPP) has consistently upheld a vision of urban planning as a multi-disciplinary field emphasizing social justice and creative problem-solving. In keeping with this vision, faculty members represent multiple disciplines, including urban planning economics, political science, public policy, social work, urban planning, and public health. They collectively bring a wealth of academic and professional experience to their teaching and research. The program also benefits significantly from a distinguished part-time faculty who bring practical experience and knowledge from the public, private, and non-profit sectors into the classroom.


As an internationally recognized community of faculty and scholars dedicated to enhancing the health and vitality of cities from the neighborhood up, Hunter Urban Policy & Planning offers a unique educational experience. Whether your interest is in how people move around the city, where they live and work, or how urban systems connect, you will discover an innovative approach to learning that combines coursework, research, critical and analytical thinking, community engagement, and professional development opportunities that will transform you into a well prepared, engaged and informed urban professional.


When choosing a graduate program that is right for you, value matters, you want an excellent education, and you want it to be affordable. Hunter can provide both. Here you can gain the education and skills you seek at a price that won’t burden you with student debt for years to come. Whether it is an MUP or an MS UPL, we are confident in our ability to deliver quality education for a fraction of the price that our competitors offer. Rest assured, you will be making an investment in yourself that has long-term value.


Today, more than half of the world’s population resides in cities and towns. As the focus of modern society, cities are centers of innovation, international commerce, arts and culture, and economic activity. Ensuring adequate transportation, housing, water, energy, waste management, and other infrastructure to serve the increased number of urban residents poses unique challenges to planners and policymakers. Hunter College Urban Policy & Planning prepares students for these challenges. While we draw on lessons from around the world, New York City serves as the local laboratory in which we learn. Our students venture to neighborhoods in all five boroughs to tackle issues in one of the world’s most complex and diverse cities.