Master’s Degree

  • 48-credit-hour, 2 year program
  • Classes offered on weekday evenings three semesters a year (spring, summer, fall) in Arlington

Program Contacts

Program Representative
Jim Miller
(571) 553-0142

Program Director
John Carruthers, Ph.D.
(202) 304-3073

Master of Professional Studies in Sustainable Urban Planning

Applications are still being accepted on a space-available basis.

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As an organizer I start from where the world is, as it is, not as I would like it to be. That we accept the world as it is does not in any sense weaken our desire to change it into what we believe it should be - it is necessary to begin where the world is if we are going to change it to what we think it should be.

- Saul Alinsky

Welcome to the Sustainable Urban Planning Program - a progressive, student-centered master's degree program at the George Washington University. The program, which was launched in 2011, is designed to train the next generation of leaders in the field of urban and regional planning. It views the practice of planning as both a humanitarian and scientific enterprise and, for that reason, draws heavily on the disciplinary traditions from analytical human geography, neoclassical economics, and regional science. 

The Sustainable Urban Planning Program addresses everything that more conventional urban planning programs cover - with the added dimension of sustainability, which runs through the program from start to finish. In the program, you will find a world-class set of faculty who work closely with their students; challenging coursework keyed to the cutting edge of the field; an independent student government; outstanding opportunities for networking with professionals working in sustainable development planning, both domestically and internationally; a study abroad program, set in Seoul, Korea; and much more - it is a great and truly exciting place to pursue your graduate work!

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欢迎加入乔治华盛顿大学可持续城市规划专业。 这是一个不断发展的,以学生为中心的研究生项目。 该研究生项目设立于2011年,致力于培养新一代城市与区域规划的领导者。 该项目视城市规划的实践内容为科学主义与人道主义的结合,并因此侧重于人文地理、新古典经济学和区域科学等学科的交叉学习


该可持续城市规划专业项目不仅涵盖了传统城市规划的学习内容,更在此基础上增加了贯穿项目始终的新维度-可持续性。 在这个研究生项目里,你会发现有很多世界级的教师和工作人员与学生亲切的交流学习;遇到具有挑战性并键入规划领域前沿的课程;还会有机会加入到学生组织。 此外,你还将会拥有很多与国内外规划专业相关人士交流与合作的机会,参与我们在韩国首尔设立的科研交流项目等。 相信这里将会是正真让你激动的进行研究生活的地方

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Information Resources

Download the Sustainable Urban Planning flyer
Download the 2026 Strategic Plan for the Sustainable Urban Planning program
Download the Advisory Board Overview


Video Spotlights

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Meet Riley Abbott

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