Mission of the Urban Planning and Policy Development Program

Mission

The mission of the UPPD Program at the Edward J. Bloustein School of Planning and Public Policy is to educate planning students through the practice and advancement of teaching, research, and public service. As part of a public university with deep connections to our locality, the region, and across the globe, the Program provides students with the conceptual foundations, technical skills, and communicative abilities needed to engage collaboratively with diverse publics, expand opportunity, reduce social inequality, prepare for professional employment in the public, private, and nonprofit sectors, and plan for the public good. 

To achieve our mission, the Program offers focused studies in: Housing and Community Development; Urban Development/Redevelopment and Design; Environmental, Human Health, and Land Use Planning; International Development; Transportation Policy and Planning; and Urban Informatics, while also allowing students to design an individualized course of study aligned with their substantive interests, values, and professional aspirations.