Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey

Edward J. Bloustein School of Planning and Public Policy

Master of City and Regional Planning


33 Livingston Avenue

New Brunswick, NJ 08901

United States

Program Information

Degrees Offered:

Master of City and Regional Planning

Format: Campus

Program Description:

The Bloustein School is pleased to be ranked #5 among the top graduate programs in urban planning in the United States and Canada by Planetizen, the leading urban planning news and information website, based on our high caliber instruction, student support and smaller, more personal cohort-based class sizes.

Founded in 1967, the Urban Planning and Policy Development (UPPD) Program educates innovative people who wish to combine social concerns with analytic skills. While planners work on a wide range of problems, they also are likely to focus on a particular issue or specialization in building individual careers, concentrating their professional expertise. For this reason the trained planner is often called “a generalist with a specialty.” That phrase is more than just a cliché. It suggests that a useful curriculum will contain a productive application of faculty disciplines and other program resources. It defines the approach to graduate study in urban planning and policy development here at Rutgers.

Planning is future-oriented and comprehensive. It seeks to link knowledge and action in ways that improve the quality of public and private development decisions affecting people and places. Because of its future orientation, planning embraces visionary and utopian thinking, yet also recognizes that the implementation of plans requires the reconciliation of present realities to future states. To become effective and ethical practitioners, students must develop a comprehensive understanding of cities and regions, and of the theory and practice of planning. They must also be able to use a variety of analytic methods in their practice. They must become sensitive to the ways in which planning affects individual and community values, and must be aware of their own roles in this process.

The program offers five areas of concentration that allow students to specialize in one or more fields of planning, in addition to taking the required core courses. These concentrations are intended to help students develop a program of study that will help them fulfill their individual career goals.

  • Design and Development/Redevelopment
  • International Development
  • Transportation Policy and Planning
  • Community Development and Housing
  • Environmental and Land Use Planning
  • Urban Informatics

Dual degrees available:

  • Dual Degree Program with Public Policy (MCRP/ MPP)
  • Dual Degree Program with Rutgers' School of Laws (MCRP/JD)
  • Dual Degree Program with Rutgers Business School (MCRP/MBA)
  • Dual Degree Program with New Jersey Institute of Technology (MCRP / MIP)
  • Dual Planning Degree (MCRP) and MS in Food and Business Economics


PAB (Planning Accreditation Board), Middle States Association of Colleges and Schools, Middle States Commission on Higher Education

Facts & Figures

Financial Aid: Yes

International Financial Aid: Yes

Classification: Master's College or University I

Locale: Small City

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