Director’s Welcome

Welcome to the FAU School of Urban and Regional Planning website! As you spend more time on our site and interact with our staff, faculty, and students, I am certain you will discover why Florida Atlantic University has one of the most exceptional planning schools in the nation. In fact, FAU is ranked by Planetizen (the urban planning news website) as having one of the top planning programs in the South Region of the US!

Here are some of our highlights:

Location, Location, Location: The FAU main campus is located in within one of the most populous and dynamic regions of the U.S. The South Florida area contains over 90 municipalities within just three counties (Miami-Dade, Broward, and Palm Beach). This makes South Florida the ideal playground for our urban planning students.

Accredited Master’s Program:  The FAU Master of Urban and Regional Planning Program is one of only three planning programs fully accredited by the Planning Accreditation Board in the State of Florida (and the only one in the South Florida area).

Both Day and Night Classes:  With many night classes to accommodate working individuals, our degrees can be completed by those working at full- and part-time jobs. Plus, our 16:1 student to faculty ratio gives students the opportunity to meet one-on-one with their professors.

Connections: SURP students are engaged and connected to the South Florida area. Starting with class projects that involve South Florida communities and area professionals, SURP students also take field trips, hear guest lectures, and have the opportunity to become paid research assistants in one of two SURP research facilities: the Center for Urban & Environmental Solutions (CUES) and the Visual Planning Technology Lab (VPT Lab), where students work on research projects that help them to form connections with area professionals and build their resumes. Plus, the Planning Society at Florida Atlantic University is a student organization that conducts community service projects and a job fair.

Innovative and Vital Research: VPT Lab, CUES, and independent faculty research sponsors include: the Nation Science Foundation; the United States Geological Survey; the State of Florida Department of Transportation; Broward and Palm Beach Counties; the Lincoln Institute of Land Policy; the Cities of Miami, Fort Lauderdale, Hollywood, Boca Raton, and West Palm Beach; many Community Redevelopment Agencies and Downtown Development Authorities; and other local planning organizations. Strengths include transportation, economic development, housing, hazard mitigation, and environmental planning.

FAU is also investing in our students with its new Undergraduate Research Grants Program, which offers money for FAU students to work on their own research projects with faculty.

State-of-the-art facilities and resources:  Whether it’s the 28 workstation SURP Computer Classroom with high-end processors, solid state drives, and graphics cards; or our 9 workstation Production Studio equipped with ultra-sharp 30-inch monitors and Wacom (draw-on) tablets, it’s clear that our School is serious about technology. We also have two research assistant offices with state-of-the art computers.

If you like what you hear, consider applying today. We also encourage you to visit us so you can see for yourself why you belong at the Florida Atlantic University School of Urban and Regional Planning.


Steven Bourassa , Ph.D.

Steven C. Bourassa, Ph.D.

Henry D. Epstein Professor of Urban and Regional Planning
Director, School of Urban and Regional Planning
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