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MCRP Degree


MCRP StudentA total of 48 credit hours are required for the MCRP degree. The two-year program contains a 28-credit core curriculum and a 1-credit summer internship. The program also calls for 9-12 credits of elective courses in addition to 7-credits for a terminal project or 10-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. Upon the completion of coursework, an oral examination is required to present and defend the results of their terminal project or thesis.

MCRP Graduate Student Handbook (currently under revision)

Curriculum Overview

First Year Courses

  • CRP 8010 Planning Process and Legal Foundations (3)
  • CRP 8030 Quantitative Analysis for Planning (3)
  • CRP 8040 & 8041 Intro to GIS for Planning (4)
  • CRP 8080 Land Use and Comprehensive Planning (3)
Fall Credits: 13


  • CRP 8020 Site Planning and Infrastructure (3)
  • CRP 8050 Planning Theory and History (3)
  • CRP 8060 Urban and Regional Economics for Planners (3)
  • Elective (3)

Spring Credits: 12


  • Elective Option – Field Trip or Class (3*)


  • CRP 8930 Planning Summer Internship (1)

Second Year Courses


  • CRP 8070 Professional Studio (4)
  • CRP 8580 Research Design (3)
  • CRP 8600 Terminal Project or Thesis Proposal (1)
  • CRP 8940 Planning Internship Seminar (1)
  • Elective (3)

Fall Credits: 12


  • CRP 8090 Contemporary Issues in Planning Seminar (1)
  • CRP 8590 or 8910 Final Terminal Project (3) or Thesis (6)
  • Elective(s) (6/3)

Spring Credits:

Total Credits: 48 

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