Planning, Development and Preservation


A CRP student total of 54 credit hours are required for the MCRP degree. The two-year program contains a 33-credit core curriculum, including a 1-credit summer internship. The program also calls for 15-21 credits of elective courses in addition to 3-credits for a terminal project or 6-credits for a thesis. The core curriculum includes planning and substantive theory, analytical methods, implementation techniques and applications. Electives allow the student to develop further expertise in one of four specializations: transportation, environmental planning, GIS/land use planning, and housing/community development/urban design. A summer internship between the first and second year requires 10 weeks of supervised professional employment. Students also have the option to take a Maymester elective on campus or study abroad. Upon the completion of coursework, an oral examination is required to present and defend the results of their terminal project or thesis.

View the MCRP Graduate Student Handbook here.

Study Abroad 

Graduate Students in City and Regional Planning have the opportunity to study abroad during the Fall semester of their second year in Genoa, Italy.  Studying abroad provides students with the opportunity to study historical development patterns and city form.  All programs provide elective credits towards the Masters in City and Regional Planning.  

Curriculum Overview

First Year Courses

CRP 8000 Human Settlement (3)
CRP 8030 & 8031 Quantitative Methods (4)
CRP 8060 Urban and Regional Analysis (3)
CRP 8010 Planning Process and Legal Foundations (3)
Fall Credits: 13

CRP 8020 Site Planning & Infrastructure (3)
CRP 8040 & 8041 Land Use Analysis & Assessment (4)
CRP 8050 Planning Theory & History (3)
Elective (3)
Spring Credits: 13

Elective Option – Field Trip or Class (3*)

CRP 8930 Planning Summer Internship (1)

Second Year Courses

CRP 8600 TP/Thesis Proposal (1)
CRP 8940 Planning Internship Seminar (1)
CRP 8070 & 8071 Professional Studio (4)
CRP 8580 Research Design (3)
Elective (6)
Fall Credits: 15

CRP 8090 Contemporary Issues Seminar (1)
CRP 8590/8910 Final Terminal Project (3) or Thesis (6)
Elective(s) (8/5)
Spring Credits: 12

Total Credits: 54 

* Maymester offerings vary, usually field trip; is an elective
** Elective Courses—All Electives Must Be Approved by Advisory Committee

NOTE:  CRP 8900 Directed Studies can be taken for 1 to 6 credits and is often used by MCRP students to fill in some of the required elective credits.  All CRP 8900 Directed Studies credits have to be approved by a faculty member.

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