City Planning & Urban Affairs Programs–Part‑Time

  • Quality professional education, convenient schedules

    Boston University’s Metropolitan College (MET) offers undergraduate and graduate programs in City Planning and Urban Affairs, available part-time or full-time in the evenings.

  • Engaged faculty, powerful networks

    MET’s City Planning and Urban Affairs faculty combine hands-on field expertise and accomplished, policy relevant research, providing relevant insight and theoretical grounding in areas such as transportation, land use, affordable housing, community development planning, sustainability, urban design, and comparative urbanization. Your classmates contribute their own professional perspectives and form a valuable network.

  • Academic excellence, international recognition

    A BU degree is highly respected, and can open doors to a promotion, a better job, or a new career. The University is ranked 39th in the nation and 32nd among global universities by U.S. News & World Report.

When you join a program in City Planning or Urban Affairs at MET, you engage with a wide variety of issues and concerns in planning for urban and regional development. Our undergraduate and graduate programs develop skills you can apply to roles in public, private, and voluntary organizations that handle urban functions such as housing, health services, economic development, transportation, and environment control. Prepare to confront the social, economic, and geographic challenges facing urban policymakers and planners today—at MET.

Graduate Programs

Master of City Planning

The MCP graduate degree program explores the core issues of resource distribution and the co-habitation of diverse communities, and prepares students to serve as savvy mediators and advocates for an array of social, economic, and cultural issues. The program develops quantitative and qualitative research skills, and examines history and theory of urban and regional development, the structure and functions of cities and urban systems, local and national policy making processes, and the role of planning.

Master of Urban Affairs

The MUA graduate degree program prepares students for a wide variety of urban and regional development roles in urban public policy, community development and service delivery, and the administration of public and private agencies in urban settings.

Graduate Certificate in Applied Sustainability

The MUA graduate degree program prepares students for a wide variety of urban and regional development roles in urban public policy, community development and service delivery, and the administration of public and private agencies in urban settings.

Undergraduate Degree

Bachelor of Science in Urban Affairs

The BS in Urban Affairs degree program prepares students for careers in urban public policy, community development, and the administration of public and private urban agencies.


Metropolitan College

One of Boston University’s 17 schools and colleges, Metropolitan College offers more than 70 evening, part-time and full-time degree and certificate programs in classroom, online, and in blended formats.