In our Master of Urban and Regional Planning program, we capitalize on our home in Denver, a city that is the largest urban center in a 500-mile radius and serves as the cultural, intellectual, and economic capital of the Rocky Mountain region. Surrounded by Colorado’s tremendous scenic beauty and natural resources, Denver is the ideal home base for exploring Colorado’s abundant recreational amenities. Colorado offers residents an exceptional quality of life, attracting a young, diverse, healthy, physically active, highly educated population.
Denver is steadily densifying and revitalizing, and has a thriving downtown and a vibrant core of historic urban neighborhoods. The city has a rich urban heritage and a legacy of civic investment and planning as well as a strong culture of entrepreneurship, collaboration, and partnerships, an engaged citizenry, and civic leaders passionate about sustainability. Denver is home to a broad and diverse community of professional planners and designers and hundreds of public, private, and non-profit planning organizations.
The city itself serves as a microcosm of the myriad issues facing planners nationally. Notable examples of virtually every type of urbanism, both good and bad, exist in the city and metro region. Faculty incorporate real-world Denver examples into our classes and routinely work with Denver-based clients on class and university projects. Throughout the program, students are introduced to planners and organizations that are making a difference in our metro region. Denver's role as a national model for innovation and experimentation in planning and design makes it a fantastic place to study urban and regional planning!