• Overview
  • Build vibrant, sustainable communities.

    Strategic, sustainable growth is essential to the long-term vitality of any community and the quality of life its residents.

    This interdisciplinary program prepares leaders and advances new knowledge to help communities create community-based plans, programs and policies that sustain and enhance cultures, resource bases, the built environment and economic health.

    As a student in this program, you will work with professors and community leaders to help real Idaho communities overcome development and planning challenges to fulfill visions for sustainable growth. You will develop solid research and problem-solving skills, as well as the ability to implement systematic conservation planning and management strategies to positively shape communities for generations to come.

    Drawing on the expertise of nine academic departments in eight colleges, the program offers specializations in land-use planning; environmental planning; economic development planning; transportation planning; public land planning; or housing, social and community development planning.

  • Degree Fit
  • This program could be a good fit if you:
    • Are interested in helping communities
    • Have the ability to think in terms of spatial relationships
    • Have strong leadership, communication and interpersonal skills
    • Work well with diverse groups of people
  • Career Outcomes
  • With this degree, you could become a:
    • Lawyer (J.D.)
    • City planner
    • Community planner
    • Planning consultant for construction, engineering and architectural firms
    • Transportation engineer
    • Geographer
    • Surveyor
    • Cartographer
    • City manager
    • Environmental consultant