Department of City and
Regional Planning

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Students participating in CRP's fall 2022 field trip explore New York City and meet with local policymakers and community organizations deeply embedded in addressing climate vulnerabilities and adaptive responses. Anson Wigner / AAP

The Department of City and Regional Planning (CRP) is home to leading programs in planning, regional science, historic preservation planning, and urban and regional studies.

Cornell University has been offering coursework in city and regional planning since 1935, and offering degrees in planning since the 1940s. Over the decades, distinguished alumni and faculty have played an extraordinary role in shaping communities worldwide. Today, CRP is a vibrant home to students and faculty from across the globe undertaking cutting-edge research and engaged practice aimed at advancing the discipline and changing the world. 

CRP offers an undergraduate degree in urban and regional studies, and both master's and doctoral degrees in regional planning, historic preservation planning, and regional science. With the multicollege Paul Rubacha Department of Real Estate, jointly led by AAP and the SC Johnson College of Business, CRP also offers dual master's degrees in regional planning and real estate through the Baker Program in Real Estate. Our students can take courses in CRP programs in Ithaca, New York City, and Rome; and pursue their research around the world. As a unit within a New York State land-grant institution, we are by nature deeply engaged with communities locally, regionally, and beyond.

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Standing inside, posing, are graduates wearing hats and robes alongside professors.

2023 was a banner year for the regional science doctoral program. Pictured are Ph.D. candidates and graduates with city and regional planning professors. From left to right Yating Ru (Ph.D. RS '24), Carlos Mesa-Guerra (Ph.D. RS '22), Xiaozhong Sun (Ph.D. RS '23), Professor John Carruthers, Professor Nancy Brooks, Professor Emeritus Kieran Donaghy, and Hanxue Wei (Ph.D. RS '23).  image / Nancy Brooks

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