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Letter from the Director

MCRP Program Director Dr. Cliff EllisWe live in an urbanizing world with challenges and opportunities to protect the environment and natural resources while creating a beautiful and functional built environment to support an expanding population. As stated by the American Planning Association, the goal of city and regional planning is to further the welfare of people and their communities by creating convenient, equitable, healthful, efficient, and attractive environments for present and future generations. Planning is sustainable city building.

Planners work with a variety of stakeholders—local residents, business groups, developers, environmentalists, advocacy groups and politicians to implement a vision for the community's future. Planners work from the macro scale — international, national, state, regional and county levels, to the micro scale — communities, neighborhoods, districts, blocks, and parcel level. Effective planners are not just visionaries but action-oriented implementers of programs and policies affecting community development. Planners consider the physical, social, legal, natural, and economic aspects of communities in devising recommendations for the community's future.

We are glad you are considering the Master of City and Regional Planning Program at Clemson University that has existed for over 40 years with alumni throughout the world. The nationally-accredited MCRP Program is located within the Department of City Planning and Real Estate Development, a division of the College of Architecture, Arts & Humanities.

We are proud of our alumni and our program, which is oriented to educating graduate students for professional planning careers in the public, private, and non-profit sectors. The program offers many exciting opportunities for students including professional studios and internships, as well as active applied research endeavors through the Community Research and Design Center, the Center for Real Estate Development, and other departmental and university initiatives.

We encourage your thorough review of our program on the web site. If you have any questions about our program and how it meets your academic needs or if you want to discuss your planning future, please contact me at 864-656-2477 or email For any technical questions about admissions, contact the Administrative Assistant at 864-656-1527 or email

Best wishes to you in your future career pursuing quality growth and development!

  • Cliff Ellis, Ph.D.
  • Lee Hall 2-215, Box 340511
  • Clemson University
  • Clemson, SC 29634-0511
  • Phone: 864-656-2477