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Letter from the Chair and Program Director

MCRP Program Director Dr John GaberWelcome to the Master in City and Regional Planning (MCRP) program.

What are we all about?

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. We are an established accredited (Planning Accreditation Board – PAB) planning degree program that focuses on a professional planning education.

2018 was our 50th Anniversary of teaching planning!

We are a smaller program with 9 full-time faculty members and are currently ranked 11th among “smaller accredited planning degree programs” in the country by Planetizen.

This translates into three student experiences:

  • Small class sizes allows you have to an amazing amount of contact time with our faculty.
  • Develop great personal and professional relationships with your classmates that will last a lifetime.
  • Great distribution of full-funded scholarships and paid internships. Over the last 5 years, over 75% of all admitted students received full funding for two years. (this is not a typo).

Our faculty are extremely diverse in terms of teaching and research. A short-list of areas our faculty have received international notoriety for their research includes:

environmental planning and law, economic development, community development, international planning and community development, transportation planning, transit oriented development, urban design and land use planning, planning and community advocacy, and community health planning

The MCRP program is embedded in an incredible learning environment. Clemson University is regularly ranked in the top 25 public universities in the country. Greenville, SC has won numerous awards for being one of the best American cities is only a 30-minute drive from campus and along with Charleston and amazing beaches at Hilton Head are only a 3 hour drive from Clemson.  

We encourage you to review 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 via email or call 864-656-1208. For any questions, you may contact our Administrative Coordinator at 864-656-1527 or email

Best wishes to you,

John Gaber, Ph.D., AICP

Lee Hall 3-109, Box 340511

Clemson University

Clemson, SC 29634-0511