In 2009, US News and World Report chose urban planning as a top career with high job satisfaction and staying power. Planning is a rewarding field where you can play a pivotal role in improving communities. Urban planners often work in coordination with residents, local businesses, and other professionals in their efforts to plan for the future and implement policies and programs that help make cities successful. They are trained as problem solvers and frequently draw on knowledge of economics, architecture, real estate, sociology, finance, politics, history, and law to find solutions to the problem at hand. Urban planners understand the complexities of cities and recognize the short and long-term impact of decisions. Our students also gain an understanding of real estate and land transactions that is unique to the UPRED program.
The Master of Arts in Urban Planning and Real Estate Development, offered by Saint Louis University's Center for Sustainability, is the only degree of its kind in Missouri and the first planning program at a Jesuit institution. The program is interdisciplinary in cooperation with SLU's John Cook School of Business and School of Law and, as part of the Center for Sustainability, it has access to many resources and faculty experts whose knowledge enriches the Planning program. Our intimate classes emphasize skill building, discussion, and debate. Because of the learning experience at Saint Louis University, UPRED graduates are leading the way in public and private sector careers and making a positive impact in planning and development.
The mission of the program is to provide a center for education, community dialogue and research to support urban growth and revitalization, both in the St. Louis region and around the globe.
Following graduation, students are prepared for employment in five different areas: the public sector, where they can enter city government; the private sector, where they can work with real estate development companies; the non-profit sector, where they can work with community development corporations or economic development organizations; or individual entrepreneurship. The program has a successful placement rate with one hundred percent of program graduates employed in the field within one year after graduating. Our graduates and interns have been employed by: