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The Graduate Program in City and Regional Planning

is one of four units within the School of Urban Affairs and Public Policy. The 48 hour Master's degree in City & Regional Planning prepares students for careers concerned with the physical development of communities, and the interaction of that development with the social, economic, and environmental well-being of communities. The program is fully accredited by the Planning Accreditation Board.

Click here for measures of student achievement and recent program statistics.



City & Regional Planning Students' Primer of Urban/Suburban Inequity 

Winner, TAPA Best Student Project Award, 2014


 A Message from the Director


"Dream of a City" is the motto for the Division of City and Regional Planning at the University of Memphis. It alludes to the University's motto – "Dreamers. Thinkers. Doers." – while evoking Daniel Burnham's exhortation to make big plans, and reflecting Dr. Martin Luther King's vision of justice, unity, and opportunity. The purpose of the motto is, in part, to inspire students of planning to be visionary – to think beyond planning as a technical exercise and engage in planning as a creative endeavor. We also hope to inspire students, community partners, and planners alike to recognize that we don't have to settle for the faults, shortcomings, and injustices of our neighborhoods and places – that change is possible if there is vision. We each have our unique perspectives on what makes an ideal city.

The University of Memphis' Graduate Program in City and Regional Planning seeks to challenge local citizens, appointed and elected officials, professional planners, and planning students and scholars to work together to apply their knowledge and skills to create more vibrant, sustainable, and just communities.  

We welcome your knowledge, insights, visions, and dreams!


Charlie Santo, PhD


To help create some buzz around our new motto, inspire future leaders, and raise awareness of the power of good planning, we'll be collecting brief video and written "testimonies" of good planning. To learn how to help, click here!


The Mid-South Planning & Zoning Institute

presents a day-long conference each spring for citizen leaders, elected officials, planning commissioners, zoning boards, and planning professionals. The purpose of this conference is to facilitate a better understanding of critical issues in land use planning and policy. Nationally recognized experts form the faculty of the conference and explore critical issues in planning the future of neighborhoods, towns, cities, counties, and regions in the Mid-South.


 The Regional Economic Development Center

was established in 1967 with funding from the Economic Development Administration and served, formerly, as a research and outreach arm of the Graduate Program in City & Regional Planning, conducting applied research and providing technical assistance to public and private sector clients in Middle and West Tennessee. Past REDC projects can be found here.



News and Notes:

City & Regional Planning 2013 Annual Report 2013annualreportcover

2012 Annual Report

The Progressive Southern Cities & Neighborhoods Archive

  --- Songs of a City ---


The Green Machine Mobile Food Market. Click on the image below for news coverage and more information!


Award Winning Planning

The Tennessee chapter of the American Planning Association (TAPA) honored Brownsville on the Move with the 2013 Outstanding Planning Award for a Plan (Small Community Category).

The Southwest Economic Development District recognized the Brownsville on the Move plan, prepared by the Graduate Program and community partners, with its 2012 Community Excellence Award.

The students, faculty, and staff who participated in creating the South Memphis Revitalization Action Plan (SoMe RAP) were honored with the Tennessee Medical Association's 2012 Community Service Award.

The Vance Avenue Collaborative Community Visioning Initiative won the TAPA 2010 Outstanding Planning Award (Student Project Category).

View archived news and notes here.

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