About Us

The Department of City & Metropolitan Planning (CMP) at the University of Utah is in the midst of tremendous growth and development. The program is organized around four specialties: ecological planning, smart growth, urban design and small town / resort town planning. It recently received a full seven-year accreditation of its professional master’s degree, has launched an innovative undergraduate degree in Urban Ecology, and has a young Ph.D. program that is rapidly growing in stature. Possessing a strong belief in collaboration and interdisciplinarity, the CMP department offers students dual degrees with the university’s School of Business (Master of Real Estate Development) and College of Law (Juris Doctor) and graduate certificates with the School of Architecture (Historic Preservation and Urban Design). Two research centers associated with the department include the Metropolitan Research Center and the Ecological Planning Center. Considerable potential for research, community involvement, and engagement in city and metropolitan issues exists in Utah’s unique and rapidly growing urban environment.

The CMP is a community of faculty and students dedicated to enhancing the health and vitality of towns, cities, and regions through place-based and integrated approaches to building in harmony with nature, place-making, capacity-building, and quality growth.

The University of Utah, a Research I university and the flagship institution of higher education in the state, ranks among the world’s top 100 universities and among the top 25 public universities in the U.S. The university is located in Salt Lake City, one of the nation’s most livable environs. Its quality of life is enhanced by a reasonable cost of living, beautiful scenery, multiple outdoor recreational opportunities, convenient mass transit, and an impressively cosmopolitan culture. The College of Architecture and Planning seeks to be the spark for transforming the designed world to promote the health and well-being of society and environment through collaborative innovation. The college aspires to become a nationally recognized incubator of innovative processes of discovery, engagement, teaching and application in the fields of architecture, design and planning. Its culture is an intimate and supportive place for faculty, staff and students alike.