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 Bachelor of Arts in Interdisciplinary Studies with a faculty-initiated concentration in Globalization Studies.

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.

Dr. Catherine T. Lawson, Director of the Masters in Urban and Regional Planning (MRP) Program, is pleased to announce the recent modification in the MRP Program, bringing the old specializations of Housing, Local Economic Development and Community Planning, under the new, more comprehensive, designation of Community Planning. This expanded area of specialization will now include community resiliency, along with original three areas. Dr. Melissa A. Currie will be joining the MRP faculty in the Fall semester 2016, as a tenure-track Assistant Professor, to lead the Community Planning specialization. She has extensive knowledge in professional planning, both in housing and community resiliency. The MRP Program has a policy of “rolling” admissions. For more information, contact Dr. Lawson by email or call (518) 442-4775.

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

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