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 Doctor (JD),  Master of Architecture (MArch) or Master of Science in Civil Engineering (MS-CE) with a specialization in either transportation, environmental or water resources engineering. 

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

Also, students may 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 at 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 two main curriculum areas: (A.) core courses and (B.) completion tracks.

  1. Core Courses

    The core curriculum consists of 8 required courses, each 3 credit hours, comprising a total of 24 graduate credit hours:

    • 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"

  2. Completion Tracks

    Students complete one of three completion tracks that affect the number of elective credit hours needed for graduation. The three completion tracks, with links to further information about each, are:

    1. Master's Thesis in an area of interest

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

      (Master's Thesis Policies)

      (Master's Thesis Proposal Guidelines)

    2. Professional Project in an area of interest

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

      (Professional Project Policies)

      (Professional Project Proposal Guidelines)

    3. Comprehensive Written and Oral Exam covering required core courses

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

      (Policy for Comprehensive Examination)

  3. Community and Regional Planning Graduate Minor

    We also offer a Graduate Minor in Community and Regional Planning. Read more!

Contact Info

College of Architecture
210 Architecture Hall
Lincoln NE 68588-0106
( On-campus, 2-7943 )