The Master of City and Regional Planning (M.C.R.P.) degree is generally recognized as the professional degree in the field. The M.C.R.P. program prepares students for practice in planning as well as policy and program development through a curriculum designed to develop an understanding of the linkages between the social, economic, and political factors of urban society and the physical and environmental framework of regions and communities.
The program requires two years of full-time coursework, with a total of 48 credits earned during that time. Reflecting the school's philosophy of providing an interdisciplinary approach for each student, a minimum of 24 elective credits is included in the 48-credit total.
Program of Study
34:970:501 History and Theory of Planning (3)
34:970:509 Urban Economy and Spatial Patterns (3)
34:970:510, 11 Graduate Planning Studios (6)
34:970:515 Methods of Planning Analysis I (3)
34:970:516 Methods of Planning Analysis II (3)
Additional methods course (3)*
34:970:517 Survey of Planning Law Principles (3)
Elective Courses (24)
Total Credits for the M.C.R.P. (48)
*Chosen from an extensive list of qualitative and quantitative courses approved by the program director.
Professional Report Requirement
Students must satisfy the professional report requirement by receiving a grade of B or better on a memo prepared in Methods of Planning Analysis II (34:970:516). The report will be structured as a short (about 10 pages) memorandum written in a professional style on a planning topic approved by the course instructor.
Urban Planning and Policy Development Concentrations
Five issue-oriented concentrations, or specialties, reflect the strengths of the faculty in the urban planning and policy development program. These concentrations include the core of general courses, but go beyond that broad foundation of skills, awareness, and understanding to explore more deeply the scope of specific planning issues. They allow more detailed examinations of the dimensions, questions, conflicts, and impacts addressed by the professional as well as by the researcher. They encourage recognition of common elements that resonate between and among various problems, policies, and programs.
Courses in each concentration are grouped into “required” and “recommended” categories. The program requires that any student who wants to specialize in a particular area take proper courses as outlined under each concentration. Additional courses taken in that area will depend upon the student’s particular interest and can be selected, with the help of advisers, from among the listed recommended and relevant courses or from other courses recommended by area advisers.
These concentrations cover areas of substantial strength within the program and school. There also are other feasible concentrations, such as information technology. Students who want to blend two concentrations to design their own programs can do so and should speak with their faculty adviser and the area advisers. All required and most recommended courses for these concentrations are offered through the program and other units of the Edward J. Bloustein School of Planning and Public Policy.
Additional recommended courses are offered within the university, in the Departments of Landscape Architecture; Agricultural, Food, and Resource Economics; Ecology, Evolution, and Natural Resources; Environmental Sciences; and Geography, among others. Courses also may be found at Princeton University and New Jersey Institute of Technology.
Areas of Concentration:
Environmental and Physical Planning
Housing and Real Estate
International Development and Regional Planning
Transportation Policy and Planning
Urban and Community Development