Make the practical beautiful... Create the cities of tomorrow... Design public spaces and parks... Build transportation that works... Address environmental issues... Pursue economic development... Make lives easier and healthier...


  • Includes 33 required courses and 12 additional credits in Urban Policy and Planning.
  • Offers traditional face-to-face, online and blended course formats to support busy students.
  • Provides seamless opportunities for transfer students.


  • Urban development, the history of cities and the impact of the urban space on communities.
  • Principles related to demographic data, functioning of government, community mapping, land-use codes and zoning regulations, building designs and sustainability practices.

Pursue careers in city and regional government, state and federal government, private development, housing, transit, nonprofits and more. Learn more about where our grads are now!



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"I am honored to be serving as the Emergency Management Planner for The Town of Chapel Hill, NC. This position is unique as it takes an integrated and coordinated approach across emergency management and urban planning to address gaps in town mitigation and resiliency. My role is currently assisting in responding to the Covid-19 pandemic and staying alert to any hurricane activity. In this position I serve in a rotation as Planning Section Chief in the Emergency Operations Center; generating reports on the current status of the town and surrounding areas to support decisions in the towns response. I also help facilitate updating the hazard specific gis dashboards, generate data driven reports, draft procedures, draft grant applications, assist in getting proper ppe to vulnerable populations, and coordinate with community partners on mitigation projects. Under normal conditions my role will also be integrated into other town development and community outreach activities.

The Urban Policy and Planning Degree Program really inspired me in pursuing a career in mitigation work. The passion instilled by my professors and the depth of knowledge imparted, prepared me well for succeeding in this complex career field. The lessons learned in project management, leadership, data analysis, teamwork, and collaboration has been invaluable in my role as an Emergency Management Planner."


- Amanda Bender, UPOP Graduate

"The UPP program at UNT has not only provided me with critical knowledge about the history, lessons, and future of city planning - but has also given me the technical skills necessary to actively create, promote, and advocate for equitable policy and design for our public places"


- Ben Meador, APASO Outreach Liaison

“I am so fortunate to be able to have hands-on opportunities through UNT and the City of Lewisville that gives me real world planning experience rather than just learning from a textbook or slideshow, especially in a year as unpredictable as this one.”


- Karlie Thorson, UNT Ambassador

"Conducting a built environment analysis on a potential park site for a multi-family community that does not have a park has been a true honor for me to help start my planning career. To me this is what urban development is all about, to actively and collectively seek areas such as this to continually improve the quality of life of residents. Therefore, leading a team through the mentorship and guidance of the experienced staff at our UPOP program has been without a doubt a truly valuable experience."


- Jose Marines

Your Academic Advisor

As a student majoring in Urban Policy and Planning, Rachel Rachel will help you select classes, explore career options and stay on track toward graduation during your time at UNT.

Rachel Rachel
Academic Advisor
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Public Administration

Founded in 1992, the Department of Public Administration is located in the College of Health and Public Service.

Today the department's 12 faculty and five professional staff serve more than 350 majors in these three programs. Student-centered education is a hallmark of this dedicated faculty who take personal interest in every student's progress from the first day they enter and beyond graduation to their professional career.

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