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For Prospective Regional Planning Students

IUP Geography: John Benhart

Expanded scope of the field is discussed by Geography/Regional Planning Department professor John Benhart and alumnus Darin Palilla, Pittsburgh GIS analyst 1:56, 4.7 MB

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The career prospects in the field of planning are presently very good.

Planners are needed at all levels of government—local, county, regional, state, and federal—and are crucial players in decision-making processes. Planning jobs are available anywhere in the country, from Indiana, Pennsylvania, to San Diego, California.

The Regional Planning undergraduate program offers Bachelor of Science (B.S.) degrees in the following tracks: Environmental Planner, Land Use Planner and GIS.

Graduate courses are not offered in Regional Planning, although there is a Masters of Science (M.S.) in Geography with an emphasis in Regional Planning as well as thesis and non-thesis options. The M.S. degree program is organized into tracks similar to the undergraduate program.

Please contact any of the Regional Planning faculty or staff with any questions that you may have regarding the program. We welcome additional inquiries via e-mail, phone, or personal visit (please contact Missy Bair, the departmental secretary, at to set up a visit). We look forward to seeing you on the ground floor of Leonard Hall on the IUP campus soon.