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The University of Texas at ArlingtonThe University of Texas at Arlington

Master of City and Regional Planning

Master of City and Regional Planning

How to Apply | Admission Requirements |Prospective Students Contact: James Brown | Current Students Contact: Barbara Saenz

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MCRP Student Handbook

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The PAB-accredited master's 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.

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

MCRP Degree Focus

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

MCRP 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. View public information about the Master of City and Regional Planning program.

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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. For more information on courses, visit the University Catalog. 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.

Required Core Courses (33 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)
PLAN 5333 Graphics and Multimedia Communication in Planning

Thesis (minimum of 6 credit hours)

Preparation Guidelines for Thesis or Professional Report

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.

Professional Report (3 credit hours)

Preparation Guidelines for Thesis or Professional Report

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. 

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.