Master of City and Regional Planning
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Located in the heart of the Dallas-Fort Worth Metroplex, the fourth largest metropolitan region in the country, both the City and Regional Planning Master’s Degree program and PhD in Urban Planning and Public Policy program are situated in an optimal laboratory to study, analyze, and provide planning solutions to contemporary urban problems. These include such important issues as as sprawl, pollution, equity, carbon footprints, economic development, aging infrastructure, and—more generally—contributing to the development of sustainable cities and regions.
The PAB-accredited master's degree program in City and Regional Planning (MCRP) is broadly focused on metropolitan sustainability.
The MCRP program prepares students for careers as professional planners with public, private and nonprofit organizations, and to make a contribution to society through basic and applied research into metropolitan planning and sustainability. The application of planning theory, knowledge, techniques, and skills to “real world” planning problems provides students with practical experience for guiding the future city, region, and nation. The application of theory and research is facilitated by research activities and centers within the School, including the Institute of Urban Studies. The MCRP mission, goals and objectives, and accreditation efforts are shaped in consultation with the twelve-member MCRP Advisory Board composed of alumni and area practitioners.
The University of Texas at Arlington's City and Regional Planning Program is officially recognized and accredited since 1978 by the Planning Accreditation Board. Accredited programs must meet strict professional and academic standards developed by the PAB and its sponsoring organizations, the American Institute of Certified Planners, the Association of Collegiate Schools of Planning, and the American Planning Association. View public information about the Master of City and Regional Planning program.
Curriculum and Degree Requirements
The degree requires completion of 48 hours of study: 30 hours of core courses, either 6 hours of Thesis or 3 hours of Professional Report and 12-15 hours of elective courses.
Required Core Courses (30 credit hours)
PLAN 5303 Planning History, Theory and Ethics
PLAN 5310 Planning, Urban Development and Structure
PLAN 5308 Metropolitan Sustainability and Plan Making
PLAN 5363 Leadership and Communication Skills in the Planning Process
PLAN 5318 Techniques of Planning Analysis I
PLAN 5330 Techniques of Planning Analysis II
PLAN 5304 Plan Implementation, Zoning and Regulations
PLAN 5316 Land Use Planning and the Law
PLAN 5332 Project Studio
PLAN 5380 Research Questions in Planning (taken in the next to last semester)
Thesis (minimum of 6 credit hours)
This option is recommended for those students who enjoy research and/or are interested in pursuing a career in research or private consulting, or who intend to obtain another advanced degree. Students identify a thesis committee chair no later than their penultimate semester and, in consultation with the chair, form a thesis committee consisting of at least three members of the SUPA Graduate Faculty. In consultation with their thesis committee, students develop a research question related to their emphasis area that can be examined via review of relevant scholarly literature, and supplemented by original empirical research. Conclusions, implications, and recommendations are drawn based upon the student’s research. Thesis students must defend their thesis in a final oral examination conducted by all members of the student’s thesis committee but which is also open to all members of the faculty. The thesis committee must have copies of the thesis at least two weeks prior to the thesis defense. All members of the student’s committee must be present at the defense. Thesis students must be enrolled in the appropriate section (under their committee chair) of PLAN 5698 Planning Thesis the semester in which the thesis is defended. Students receiving advice and assistance from their chair in preparation of the thesis must register in the appropriate section (under their committee chair) of PLAN 5398 Planning Thesis. Once the student is enrolled in the thesis course, continuous enrollment is required.
Professional Report (3 credit hours)
This option is recommended for students who are going into professional practice and/or who desire experience beyond the Project Studio course working on a professional project. Students identify a professional report committee chair no later than their penultimate semester and, in consultation with the chair, form a professional report committee consisting of at least three members of the SUPA Graduate Faculty. In consultation with their professional report committee, students develop a project related to their emphasis area that can be examined via review of relevant benchmark/baseline studies, and reports from other cities or regions, and supplemented by original empirical or applied research by the student. Conclusions, implications, and recommendations are drawn based upon the student’s research. Professional report students must defend their report in a final oral examination conducted by all members of the student’s professional report committee but which is also open to all SUPA graduate faculty and students. Professional Report students must be enrolled in the appropriate section (under their committee chair) of PLAN 5397 Professional Report the semester in which the professional report is defended.
Applying for Optional Internship Credit
Internships must be approved by the program. A student must submit an Internship Agreement Form describing the duties and hours with a signature from the sponsor before registration for internship credit. At the end of the internship, a student must complete and submit an Internship Report on their experiences and the sponsor must complete and submit an Internship Performance Evaluation verifying the internship requirements have been met. Both these forms must be submitted to the MCRP Director by the end of the semester in order to receive credit and a grade.