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MCRP Student Resources

Important Dates and Deadlines

Policies and Procedures

Orientation for MCRP Program Specific

Orientation for new and returning students enrolled in City and Regional Planning is held on Tuesday prior to first day of class. All students are required to attend Orientation. Note: Graduate School and International Services host Orientations separate from MCRP program.

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American Planning Association (APA) partners with Clemson University for membership and  to share benefits to our students. With great services, we request ALL our students to join American Planning Association. Year 1 students access JOIN APA link to register for APA membership and send your confirmation to Admin Coordinator.

Academic Forms for Graduate School

  • GS2 process includes 1) Terminal Project/Thesis Committee Selection and 2) Plan of Study for Enrolled Services. Whenever a change occurs, a new GS2 is required.
  • GS7M Final Exam, Terminal Project or Thesis approval  (completed by TP Chair and submitted by Dept to Enrolled Services)
  • GS7990 Enrollment Request (completed by student and submitted by Dept to Enrolled Services)
  • Graduation Student Forms
  • Professional Development

Curriculum for MCRP

Terminal Project or Thesis

  • Thesis Guidelines governed by Office of the Graduate School. Thesis Formatting questions, contact Graduate School: manuscriptreview-l@clemson.edu
  • Terminal Project Guidelines
  • CRP 8580 Summer Assignment for Terminal Project/Thesis
  • Students are encouraged to communicate with their TP/Thesis Faculty Committee Chair with any questions or assistance.
  • Terminal Project and Thesis presentations to are scheduled in November and April
  • Terminal Project or Thesis bound book is required in addition to PDF for TigerPrints repository.
  • GS7990 Continuous Enrollment with associated fees is required if student needs additional time to finish research and final manuscript to graduate.
  • Gunnin Library Resource specific for City and Regional Planning research guides for access to best databases, journals, magazines, and other resources.

Graduate Assistantships (GA)

  • Faculty Managers are assigned during the beginning of the Fall semester
  • effective first day of Fall semester class
  • work an average of (10) hours per week = (150) hours per semester during Fall and Spring of Academic year
  • Enter your work hours each week via GA Time Capture (Instructions) (student employees do NOT exceed maximum hours per week)
  • required to be enrolled in a minimum of nine (9) credit hours each semester that is approved course work
  • abide by all Clemson University policies and procedures as specified
  • fulfill the assigned responsibilities.
  • Failure to complete assignments or GPA academic deficiency, may result in withdrawal of GA during Academic year. Reference GA Termination for Cause policy or Termination for Academic Deficiency Policy 
  • Evaluation of employment performance will be completed by Program Director
  • Health Insurance supplemented by Clemson Graduate Student Government
  • Final paycheck on May 15
  • Tuition reduction does not apply during Summer session
  • Reference Graduate School Student Employment Policies and Procedures

Summer Internships

  • This is a 10-week internship and student needs to fulfill 375 to 400 hours.
  • Student will be paid directly from employment agency if you have a paid internship
  • At the end of the summer, the evaluation forms and timesheets need to be turned in to Program Director in order for you to receive a grade
  •  If you can be waived out of the internship requirement due to previous work experience, contact Program Director Dr. John Gaber. If waived, student will need to make up the 1 credit to meet the 48 minimum degree credit requirement. Waiver is not same as substitution or transfer credit.
  • During Summer Minimester D, register for CRP 8930 (1 credit)
  • Tuition for residents and non-residents per credit hour; reference link Graduate Tuition for Summer credit hour then Tier 2 for MCRP
  • For students who are unable to acquire a Summer Internship, student will need to complete a CRP 8900 Directed Studies (1 credit) course with Dr. Nocks that includes readings and assignments with professional planning practice.

Public Service Assistantships (PSA) for Year 2 Students

  • Employment agencies will interview students prior to making decision which is typically conducted during the first week of class in August
  • MCRP recommends students based on their academic performance during Year 1 to employment agencies
  • (1) PSA is offered to Year 1 student with a Graduate Assistantship after interviews in August
  • Enter your work hours each week via GA Time Capture (Instructions)(student employees do NOT exceed maximum hours per week)
  • work 15 hrs per week for 15 weeks for total 225 hours per semester = 450 total hours per Academic Year
  • Students are paid by Clemson University and not paid by employer.
  • Tuition reduction can not be determined until after Employers make selections. Students will pay the first installment of their tuition in order to register for classes. If student is awarded a PSA, then a refunded will be processed.
  • Failure to meet employment responsibilities will result in student obligations for tuition and stipend
  • Evaluations (to be completed at end of internship)
    • PSA Employer Evaluation of Student (employer has option to send form to Program Director for confidentiality or return to student to turn in to Admin Assistant)
    • Student Evaluation of PSA (complete and turn in to Admin Coordinator via email or Lee 3-113)

NOTE: Financial Aid is not Automatic.

CRP 8940 Planning Internship Seminar is required for all Year 2 students even if you did not complete Summer Internship and if CRP 8930 Planning Internship was waived due to prior experience.

Candidates for Graduation

Fall Semester
  • Aug: Meet with Faculty Advisor and/or Terminal Project or Thesis Committee Chair to select topic and research methods
  • Nov: Complete GS2 Plan of Study with TP/Thesis Committee selection
  • Nov: Schedule your Terminal Project or Thesis Proposal presentation via online link after email notification
Spring Semester
  • Deadline dates posted on Office of Graduate School website.
  • Jan: Complete GS2 Plan of Study with Courses to total 48 minimum credits by graduation deadline date or late fees assessed. Committee Selection instructions and Plan of Study instructions
  • Apply to Graduate via your iRoar account. Deadline dates posted from Graduate School.
  • Order Cap and Graduation gown from University Bookstore. Deadline dates posted from Graduate School.
  • March: Schedule your Terminal Project or Thesis Defense presentation to Faculty Committee via online link after email notification
  • April: Thesis project must complete GS Defense form and GS Defense calendar 10 days prior to presentation date.
  • April: Terminal Project and Thesis presentations to CRP Faculty Committee
  • GS7M Terminal Project or Thesis approval required to Graduate (completed by TP Chair and submitted by Dept to Enrolled Services)
  • May: Exit Interview and Exit Survey: students who are graduating will complete an Exit Survey and schedule a meeting with CRP Program Director (schedule appointment via online link after email notification)
  • May: Terminal Project and Thesis manuscripts for book binding
  • Graduation Ceremony

Honors and Awards for MCRP

AWARDS FOR YEAR 1 STUDENTS

The Debbie Lieu Memorial Award  This award is given to a promising first year student in the City & Regional Planning program who best demonstrates professionalism and a positive attitude, works effectively behind the scenes, and significantly contributes to volunteer activities.

Call for Applications is emailed in February. Year 1 students send applications directly to Administrative Coordinator for the MCRP program prior to last day of February. The MCRP Committee will review the applications and a student selected by the first week of March.  The recipient will be announced in public ceremonies at both the College of AAH Awards Ceremony in April and at the SCAPA Fall Conference.

Marsha Ritzdorf Memorial Diversity Award  This award is given to a student from an underrepresented group in order to enhance diversity in the student body of the MCRP Program and among professional planners in South Carolina. The recipient is announced during the College of AAH Awards Ceremony in April.

Citation in City and Regional Planning: First Year Award This citation is given annually to a first-year student as recognition of outstanding achievement in City and Regional Planning.  It is recognition of creative ability, performance, and contribution to the enrichment of the College of Architecture, Arts, and Humanities and Clemson University through academic accomplishment and service.

Edward L. Falk Citation for Merit This award is given to a first-year City and Regional Planning student based on professional promise and service to the program.

McCallum Fellowship: This fellowship is given to an entering first-year City and Regional Planning student with outstanding academic abilities and an interest in the field of economic development. The recipient is announced during the College of AAH Awards Ceremony in April.

AWARDS FOR YEAR 2 STUDENTS

American Institute of Certified Planners Award  This award is presented to a second-year student in recognition of outstanding achievement in the study of City and Regional Planning. The recipient is announced during the College of AAH Awards Ceremony in April.

Faculty Award for a Second Year Student This award is given to a second-year student in the City and Regional Planning program for scholarship and for having demonstrated promise of future achievement.

Citation in City and Regional Planning: Second Year Award  This citation is given annually to a second-year student as recognition of outstanding achievement in City and Regional Planning.  It is recognition of creative ability, performance, and contribution to the enrichment of the College of Architecture, Arts, and Humanities and Clemson University through academic accomplishment and service.

NOTE: The recipient of (4) awards is announced during the College of AAH Awards Ceremony in April. Due to AAH Ceremony time limit, the other MCRP Awards will be presented to the student by Chair of the CPRED dept. at designated dept. event.