The Department of City and Regional Planning is one of the largest, oldest, and best known programs of graduate planning education and research in North America. It was founded in 1946 to demonstrate the practical application of social science methods to problems of government and the interdisciplinary union of social science, design and engineering. It was the first planning program in the nation with its principal university base in the social sciences rather than in landscape design or architecture. It has retained and strengthened its legacy while expanding the breadth and depth of its programs to include a full range of graduate planning study.
The Master of City and Regional Planning (MCRP) program is a two-year professional program that helps students develop the specific skills, decision-making ability, and breadth of judgment needed for positions of leadership in the planning profession.
The department also offers dual degree opportunities (Planning & Law, Planning & Business, Planning & Public Health, Planning & Landscape Architecture and Planning & Public Administration) and several certificate programs. The dual degree programs are designed to minimize the time necessary for students to earn professional degrees in both fields.
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The department offers an undergraduate minor in Urban Studies and Planning. Students in any department or curriculum at the University can elect the Minor in Urban Studies and Planning. The Minor is offered through the Department of City and Regional Planning and consists of five courses. Learn more >>
Areas of study
The program of instruction in city and regional planning reflects the breadth of the faculty's academic and research backgrounds with about fifty formal courses offered by the department each year. Master’s and doctoral students pursue specializations in community development, economic development, environmental planning, land use planning and design, and transportation planning.
Sufficient flexibility exists in the program to allow students to take advantage of the wide array of instructional possibilities to plan a graduate curriculum best suited to meet their career objectives.