The Master’s program is designed to successfully prepare you for professional planning practice. The curriculum covers social and institutional problems and settings and planning and management skills.The program is structured to provide a core of planning theory and planning methods, in-depth coverage of methods, techniques and institutions in an area of specialization, elective courses to broaden and/or deepen knowledge and skills. Program Performance data is here.

The director of the Master’s program is Dr. Mai Nguyen. Questions regarding the admissions to the Master’s program should be directed to Dr. Meenu Tewari.

Meet our Students

Stephanie Watkins Cruz

Stephanie was a few months into her MPA program at UNC Chapel Hill when she realized she wanted to dive … Continued

Alyson West

For 20 years Alyson worked in the music industry and lived all over the world, including places like Germany, Australia, … Continued

Mike Everhart

A resident of Chapel Hill for over a decade, Mike felt that the dual degree program offered through Carolina Planning … Continued

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Course of Study

The Master’s Degree is typically completed in two years. Satisfactory completion of the MCRP degree requires you to pass a minimum of 51 graduate credit hours, including core courses, required courses in one area of specialization, a capstone workshop, and a Master’s Project. A minimum of 39 semester credit hours must be from PLAN courses (36 for dual-degree students). Our Policies and Procedures page details important information for all Master’s students. The following provides a quick summary of the requirements for a Master’s degree in City & Regional Planning.

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 4 Specialization Courses

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 1 Law Course

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 6 Electives

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 Master’s Project & Capstone Workshop

Specializations

Master’s Degree students must specialize it at least one field offered in the curriculum. Each specialization emphasizes equity, environmental quality, economic viability, and social participation and grapples with the interconnections among these dimensions of sustainability.

Tracks

Tracks allow students to take a short sequence of courses to acquire cross-cutting skills and expertise in some substantive areas. Courses in each track are usually taken as a set of electives.  Carolina Planning offers Natural Hazards, Design and Real Estate tracks. Unlike a specialization, students are not required to complete a track.

Master’s Project & Capstone Workshop

In their final year in the program students must submit a final project of professional quality on a topic in their area of specialization. This Master’s project serves to demonstrate the student’s capabilities in his/her area and his/her readiness for professional practice. It is completed in the student’s second year of the program and is an individual project. See the Master’s Project Guide for more details and a timeline of milestones.

Students also must complete a problem-solving, team-oriented, client-based course designed to give students experience in applying planning theory and methods to needs of real-world clients in economic development, housing and community development, real estate, environmental planning, land use and transportation.


Featured Student Projects

Downtown Durham

Wood’s project examines the various real estate redevelopment opportunities provided by urban trail infrastructure, using Durham’s future Duke Belt Line … Continued

DC Townhomes

Local rail transit infrastructure benefits people and communities by providing an alternate method for navigating congested roads, channeling growth around … Continued

artist space

Envisioning art as a tool for both economic development and social activism, Wexler offers an analysis on art and its … Continued

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