CO Planning Programs

There is only one accredited planning master’s program in Colorado, but there are several other planning and planning-related programs and courses at other universities, private colleges, and community colleges in Colorado.

Master's Programs

Master's of Urban and Regional Planning Program
College of Architecture and Planning
Department of Urban and Regional Planning
University of Colorado Denver
Campus Box 126, P.O. Box 173364
Denver, CO 80217-3364
Austin Troy, Department Chairperson
Accreditation through December 31, 2023
Dept phone: 303.315.1000

Within the college, there is also a one year post-professional Master’s in Urban Design, and a Ph.D. in Planning & Design

To research additional planning programs in Colorado and other states, CLICK HERE to visit the APA website on higher education.

Degrees in planning related programs and courses in Colorado 

University of Colorado Boulder (Boulder, CO)
Environmental Design Program
The Program in Environmental Design offers an undergraduate specialized major in planning/urban design <hyperlink text to <>. 

Colorado College (Colorado Springs, CO)
Bachelor of Arts Program, Integrated Major in the Environmental Program
Bachelor of Arts Program, Minor in Contemporary Urban Studies
Bachelor of Arts Program, Minor in Resource Systems in the American West

University College, University of Denver (Denver, CO)
Bachelor’s in Environmental Studies
Master’s Environmental Management, Environmental Policy
Master’s of Science in Geographic Information Systems

Western State Colorado University (Gunnison, CO)
Undergraduate major in Environment and Sustainability
Master in Environmental Management (MEM)

Metropolitan State University of Denver (Denver, CO)
Department of Earth and Atmospheric Sciences
Land Use Program
Land Use Major - BS or BA 

  • Geographic Information Systems (GIS) Program

  • Environment and Resources

  • Urban Land Use Planning

  • Geology

Certificates in planning-related programs in Colorado 

University College, University of Denver (Denver, CO)
Certificate in Geographic Information Systems
Several in Environmental Policy and Management 

University of Colorado Denver (Denver, CO)
Certificate in Geospatial Science 

Researching Programs
If you are interested in a program outside of Colorado, see the American Collegiate Schools of Planning’s the Guide to Undergraduate and Graduate Education in Urban and Regional Planning. The website, Planetizen also offers a Guide to Graduate Urban Planning Programs for about $25. Note: the Planetizen school rankings are based on surveys completed by participating institutions. Some rankings may be skewed by the non-response rate and other issues related to self-reporting.

As with all research, you should consult several resources about each program to make an informed decision when selecting a planning school and planning courses. The national APA provides a list of 10 things to consider when choosing a school.

Scholarships, assistantships and other work-study programs are often offered by the college. There are also national scholarships available for planning. See the APA website for more scholarship information and ask the schools about their financial assistance programs.


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