The PAB-accredited Master degree program in City and Regional Planning (MCRP) prepares students for careers as professional planners with public, private and nonprofit organizations. The application of applied research techniques, and skills to “real world” planning problems provides students with practical experience for guiding the future of metropolitan planning and sustainability.”


The Planning Accreditation Board requires this information to be posted for the Master of City and Regional Planning degree program at UTA. The information includes details about tuition and fees, student achievement, retention and graduation rate, certification, employment, and more.
2023 MRCP Information


Our mission is to educate and prepare professional planners for the real world.


Degree Focus

  • Urban & Housing Policies
  • Smart & Resilient Cities
  • Transportation Planning
  • Design & Development
  • Environmental Planning

Program Highlights

  • 2 Year Graduate Degree Program with Certificates
  • Nationally Accredited Program with a Long History
  • Excellent Internship and Job Placement
  • Located in the heart of Dallas-Fort Worth Metroplex, 4th largest Metropolitan Region in the Country
  • Employment Opportunities & Mentorship Programs


The University of Texas at Arlington's City and Regional Planning Program is officially recognized 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.


The degree requires completion of 48 hours of study: 33 hours of core courses, either 6 hours of Thesis or 3 hours of Professional Report and 9-12 hours of elective courses.

A student who is well-prepared through an undergraduate degree in planning or related field and has as well five or more years of relevant and verifiable professional experience may be eligible to complete the degree in 30 credit hours.

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Admissions Process


Course Code Course Name Hours
PLAN 5303 Planning History, Theory, and Ethics 3
PLAN 5310 Planning, Urban Development, and Structure 3
PLAN 5308 Metropolitan Sustainability and Plan Making 3
PLAN 5363 Leadership and Communication Skills in the Planning Process 3
PLAN 5318 Techniques of Planning Analysis I 3
PLAN 5330 Techniques of Planning Analysis II 3
PLAN 5304 Plan Implementation, Zoning, and Regulations 3
PLAN 5316 Land Use Planning and the Law 3
PLAN 5332 Project Studio 3
PLAN 5380 Research Questions in Planning (taken in the next to last semester) 3
PLAN 5333 Graphics and Multimedia Communication in Planning 3

Total Hours: 33

This joint emphasis with the Master’s of Public Administration provides the tools and skills necessary to understand topics relevant for supporting environmentally healthy, socially just, and economically sustainable cities and regions - professional credentials to work in interdisciplinary planning and policy fields is in strong demand by DFW local governments, consulting firms, and NGOs.

Attain a comprehensive understanding of the challenges of economic development and urban sustainability, planning theory, methods, and essential planning tools, such as Geographic Information Systems (GIS) and graphic multimedia, to approach planning issues and challenges. Select courses on economic and sustainable development topics, such as green cities and transportation or cost-benefit analysis.

Course Code Course Name Hours
PLAN 5397 Professional Report 3

Total Hours: 3

Course Code Course Name Hours
PLAN 5698 Thesis 6

Total Hours: 6


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.