The PAB-accredited Master of City and Regional Planning (MCRP) degree program prepares students to excel as professionals capable of understanding and resolving complex urban planning problems. The curriculum gives students both a broad understanding of the urban and regional environment and a foundation of skills needed to plan for this environment
The MCRP program strives for a careful balance between the theoretical, historical, and conceptual knowledge about urban and regional development on the one hand, and the acquisition of practical skills and methods of analysis on the other. The program offers six specializations as well as several dual degree programs with architecture, civil engineering, law, and public policy.
The curriculum is a two-year, 55-semester-hour program. The curriculum requirements include seven core courses, a specialization, 12 semester hours of electives, an internship, and a thesis or applied research paper. Two options exist for completing the curriculum: the formal thesis or the applied research (option) paper. Credit-hour requirements for both tracks are shown here:
|Required Core||25 hours||25 hours|
|Specialization||12 hours||12 hours|
|Electives||14 hours||8 hours|
|Applied Research Paper/Thesis||4 hours||10 hours|
|TOTAL||55 hours||55 hours|
The core courses are designed to impart fundamental planning knowledge applicable to wide sectors of the discipline. These include courses examining planning theory, planning methods, planning law, economic analysis and planning practice.
The MCRP curriculum consists of 7 core courses, amounting to 25 semester hours, plus either a thesis of 10 semester hours or an applied research paper of 4 semester hours. All core courses must be completed unless formally waived due to previous coursework. Core courses are designed to provide students with the necessary skills and background for more advanced work.
CP 6012: History and Theory of Urban Planning (Fall) - Examines theories of planning and the public interest. Considers the roles of planners within the American political system and the historical development of the planning profession.
CP 6016: Growth Management Law and Implementation (Spring) - Study of legal framework of planning focusing on managing development to achieve desired outcomes for the economy, society, and the environment.
CP 6024: Quantitative and Computer Methods (Spring) - Introduces computing and quantitative methods in planning. Discusses commonly used data sources, data management, presentation techniques, and planning analytical models.
CP 6025: Advanced Planning Methods (Fall) – Study of analytical methods in planning including inferential statistics, linear regression, and analysis of variance, and how they are applied to planning problems.
CP 6031: Economic Analysis in Planning (Fall) - Applies economic principles to planning, including market theory, public goods, externalities, cost benefit analysis, and project economics.
CP 6052: Applied Planning Studio (Fall or Spring) - Analyzes and prepares alternative plan(s) for an existing neighborhood, community, or region. Emphasizes application of planning skills in a real-world situation.
CP 6514: Intro to Geographic Information Systems (Fall or Spring) - Introduces students to spatial analysis using geographic information systems. Examines fundamentals of software design and geographic data.
In the specialization coursework and the internship, the student develops skills focused on a particular aspect of city and regional planning. To enable students to focus their education on a consistent and cumulative body of knowledge, the program offers six specializations: economic development, environment and health, housing and community development, land use planning, transportation, and urban design.