Planning a career in planning? MIT tops schools that teach it

When cities function well, elected officials usually get the credit – and deservedly so. Often, however, they're assisted in their efforts by well-trained planners, whose mission is to create "more convenient, equitable, healthful, efficient, and attractive places for present and future generations," according to the American Planning Association. To find the best urban-planning incubators, the editors of Planetizen, a planning and development website, have ranked the top graduate-degree programs in recent years. The results, using input from professionals, educators, and students in the discipline, are published in an annual guide. The top 10 programs as rated in the newly released 2009 "Guide to Graduate Urban Planning Programs":

• 1. Massachusetts Institute of Technology
• 2. University of Calif., Berkeley
• 3. University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill
• 4. Rutgers, the State University of New Jersey
• 5. University of Illinois at Urbana- Champaign
• 6. Cornell University
• 7. Harvard University
• 8. University of California, Los Angeles
• 9. University of Southern California
•10. University of Pennsylvania

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