Department of Planning and Urban Studies

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Master's of Urban and Regional Planning

Since its inception, UNO has graduated over 400 MURP students who are employed in the private and non-profit sectors. MURP  is currently the only accredited professional planning program in Louisiana.

Michelle Thompson

Historic New Orleans, an ideal place to learn about historic preservation and restoration, becomes a living laboratory for anyone studying Planning and Urban Studies at UNO. Our hands-on program encourages students to get involved in the community and to gain skills that will aid them in the field to effect local change.

Department of Planning and Urban Studies (PLUS)

The Department of Planning and Urban Studies (PLUS) at UNO prepares students for the challenge of shaping urban and regional change locally, throughout the country and around the globe. PLUS is where art and science converge as we teach urban design, scientific research and public policy.

The department fulfills the university-wide mission to improve the quality of life throughout the New Orleans region. Our faculty works with federal, state, and local governments, non profits and businesses. We are involved in local issues such as neighborhood revitalization,transportation, cultural preservation, affordable housing, and environmental planning. We actively seek to balance historic preservation with growth and change.

We are professional planners, GIS specialists, economic developers, preservationists and environmentalists working in a truly multidisciplinary department.

Research Centers and Institutes

UNO Transportation Institute

UNO Transportation Institute
University of New Orleans Transportation Institute

The University of New Orleans Transportation Institute (UNOTI) focuses on the role of transportation in creating a sustainable, livable and resilient future.

UNOTI combines applied research, outreach and education to impact positively the transportation field from the local to the international spheres. The work done at the Institute continues to be integral in the post-Katrina recovery of New Orleans, and vital to the overall sustainability and economic competitiveness of the nation.

Center for Hazards Assessment, Response and Technology (CHART)

UNO Transportation Institute
Center for Hazard Assessment, Response and Technology (CHART)

The focus of the Center for Hazards Assessment, Response and Technology (UNO-CHART) is to support Louisiana community sustainability in light of natural, technological, environmental and terrorist risks to which the region is vulnerable.  The Center undertakes applied social science research to understand ways in which Louisiana communities and the coastal region respond to these risks, assist in the development of best practices for reducing risks and helps in implementing these practices to achieve comprehensive community sustainability.  The second focus of UNO-CHART is the reverse dynamic-the impacts of community activity-social/political/economic-on the ecosystems within the coastal and southeast region of the state.