Community & Regional Planning


Community & Regional Planning

We develop professionals who will effect cultural, societal and environmental change in the evolving and diverse sphere of Planning.

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Program Description

The 48 credit hour Master of Community & Regional Planning (M.CRP) graduate degree is the program of choice for students who come from a tremendous variety of academic backgrounds, but are connected in their desire to impact their environments, society and community in a positive way through sustainable practices and planning efforts.

The field of Planning is focused on creating communities and spaces that support sustainable living.   Through efforts that are creative, healthful and efficient yet focused on the individual identities of the places we enhabit and enjoy, Planners work to seemlessly improve our overall being from one generation to the next.  The impactfulness of Planners is heighted through their diversity, organizing improvements efforts in various sectors of our society like transportation, land use, community development and resident empowerment.  Today's professional Planners are adaptive, engaged and collaborative; all skills that are fundamental and noticably repetitive throughout our Graduate M.CRP program.

As the only Community and Regional Planning program in the state, UNL's MCRP program has a respected tradition of educating and graduating students that immediatley impact the communities and environments they're working in for the better.  These students reflect the diversity of the field, entering the program at various points in their academic and personal lives with diverse academic and professional experiences that not only benefit themselves but enrich the experience of their collegues.  The M.CRP program adapts each student's skills and interests areas into a personalized program curricilum, enabling each individual to pursue careers they are excited about and sit for the American Instiute of Certified Planners (AICP) exam to become a certified Planner.

Planning Accreditation Board (PAB)

The Master of Community and Regional Planning graduate program is accredited by the Planning Association Board (PAB).

Founded in 1984, the Planning Association Board is a non-profit accredidting agency that ensures a high quality of urban planning education, though the reach of PAB extends into other sectors of Planning.  Prior to the establishment of the PAB, instiutions like the Univesrity of Nebraska-Lincoln were accredited by National Education Development Committee of the American Institute of Planners.  This agency's accredidation procedures have adapted over time and are currently based on five core relevant values : 1) Stewardship; 2) Collaboration; 3) Communication; 4) Integrity;  and  5) Leadership.  

Accrediting undergraduate and graduate programs, The Planning Association Board influences and mentors programs in the quality and delivery of relevant Planning curriculum with the assistance of their three sponsoring agencies (ACSP: Association of Collegiate Schools of Planning, the AICP: American Institute of Certified Planners, and APA: the American Planning Association). 

Employers, foundations, and higher education institutions understand the importance of a Planning education centered in the values of the PAB; and hire, admit and reward applicants with this type of background accordingly.  For the past 36 years, graduates of the University of Nebraska-Lincoln's MCRP program have experienced the benefits of a PAB-backed education and growing Planing field with tremendous job placement success.  The credability of PAB education is also noticable by the support the agency has gained from well-known higher education organizations including the Association of Specialized and Professional Accreditors (ASPA) and Council for Higher Education Accreditation (CHEA)

PAB Information (7D Criterion)