Master of Community and Regional Planning

Master of Community and Regional Planning

The Master of Community and Regional Planning (MCRP) degree program is nationally accredited by the Planning Accreditation Board. The coursework for the MCRP degree requires completion of 48 graduate credit hours.

Students may utilize elective credit hours in the MCRP program by selecting electives of personal interest with the support of their advisor or by pursuing interdepartmental areas of specialization, dual degree programs or graduate certificate programs.

Three dual degree programs are offered in tandem with the MCRP: Juris Degree (JD), Master of Architecture (MArch) or Master of Science in Civil Engineering with a transportation specialization (MSCE).

Additionally, students can elect to take on an interdepartmental specialization in Environmental Studies, Great Plains Studies, or Water Resources Planning and Management.

Students can also pursue a Graduate Certification in Public Management as part of the MCRP degree.  The Certificate consists of 15 graduate credit hours and is offered online by the Public Administration program at the University of Nebraska- Omaha.  Click here to learn more about the Graduate Certificate in Public Management.

Prerequisites: All students must have earned a bachelor's degree in any field. Students are also required to have either previously taken, or complete during their MCRP program, courses in each of the following subject areas: 1) Economics; 2) Social Sciences (Sociology, Psychology, etc.); and 3) Statistics.

MCRP Curriculum

The required 48 graduate credit hours for graduation are divided into three main curriculum areas: core coursework, electives and completion tracks.

Students complete 24 graduate credit hours of core coursework which includes:

  • CRPL 800 "Introduction to Planning"

  • CPRL 802 "Planning Theory"

  • CRPL 804 "Legal Aspects of Planning"

  • CRPL 810 "Qualitative Techniques"

  • CRPL 830 "Planning with GIS"

  • CRPL 840 "Planning Methods and Analysis"

  • CRPL 900 "Professional Planning Practice"

  • CRPL 990 "Planning Studio"

Each of the required core courses are 3 graduate credit hours each, comprising a total block of 24 graduate-level credit hours. 

Students complete 18 to 24 graduate credits of electives.

Students complete one of three completion tracks that effect the number of elective hours needed for graduation.  The three completion tracks are:
  1. Master's Thesis in area of concentration/specialization/interest and oral examination

    CRPL 899: Master's Thesis (6 graduate credit hours); 18 graduate credit hours of elective courses

  2. Professional Project in area of concentration/specialization/interest and oral examination

    CRPL 898: Professional Project (6 graduate credit hours); 18 graduate credit hours of elective courses

  3. Comprehensive Written and Oral Exam covering required core courses 

    Comprehensive Exam (0 graduate credit hours); 24 graduate credit hours of elective courses

Contact Info

College of Architecture
210 Architecture Hall
LincolnĀ NEĀ 68588-0106
USA
402-472-7943
( On-campus, 2-7943 )