Geography and Planning

Welcome to the Department of Geography and Planning at the University at Albany. Our students are educated to succeed in a broad range of careers in the Geography and Planning professions.

Undergraduate programs include a Bachelor of Arts in Geography and a Bachelor of Arts in Urban Studies & Planning as well as an Undergraduate Certificate in Geographic Information Systems (GIS) and Spatial Analysis. The department is also the home of the Globalization Studies Major.

Graduate programs include a Master of Arts in Geography and a Masters in Regional Planning as well as a Graduate Certificate in GIS and Spatial Analysis and a Graduate Certificate in Urban Policy. Our department also offers a combined Joint Master of Regional Planning and Doctor of Law (MRP/JD) in conjunction with Albany Law School.

We invite you to browse our website and please feel free to contact us with any questions.

  • UAlbany Data Scientists Leading Nationwide Initiative to Improve Transportation

    Applying pioneering web-based solutions, the Albany Visualization And Informatics Lab, led by Catherine T. Lawson, is selected by the Federal Highway Administration to lead a multi-state initiative that advances transportation planning in such areas as truck routing, pollution control, travel safety, traffic patterns, and more.

  • Albany ranks 12th in U.S. for best small metro college destinations

    An article in the Albany Business Review reports that Albany ranks 12th in U.S. for best small metro college destinations. Read more here: Albany Business Review (Photo by Donna Abbott-Vlahos).

  • Assistant Professor Katy Gonder

    A Time for Celebration


    Family, friends, faculty and staff gathered on Saturday, May 17, 2014 to celebrate graduating students who participated in a ceremony where they were individually recognized for earning a degree or certificate from the Department of Geography and Planning.