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  Edward J. Bloustein School of Planning and Public Policy 2022-2024 Urban Planning and Policy Development Program Urban Planning and Policy Development Degree Options Master of City and Regional Planning Degree  

Master of City and Regional Planning Degree

The master of city and regional planning (M.C.R.P.) degree is generally recognized as the professional degree in the field. The M.C.R.P. program prepares students for practice in planning as well as policy and program development through a curriculum designed to develop an understanding of the linkages between the social, economic, and political factors of urban society and the physical and environmental framework of regions and communities.

The program requires two years of full-time coursework, with a total of 48 credits earned during that time. Reflecting the school's philosophy of providing an interdisciplinary approach for each student, a minimum of 24 elective credits is included in the 48-credit total.

Required Course of Study Credits
34:970:501  History and Theory of Planning 3
34:970:509  Urban Economy and Spatial Patterns 3
34:970:510,511  Graduate Planning Studio 3,3
34:970:515  Basic Quantitative Methods 3
34:970:516  Planning Methods


Additional methods course* 3
34:970:517  Survey of Planning Law Principles 3
Elective courses 24
Total Credits for the M.C.R.P. 48

* Chosen from an extensive list of qualitative and quantitative courses approved by the program director.

Professional Report Requirement

Students must satisfy the professional report requirement by receiving a grade of B or better on a memo prepared in Planning Methods (34:970:516). The memo is a revision of one of the four problem sets from this course.

Course Waiver and Transferring Credit

Students may be excused from a required course if they demonstrate equivalent mastery of the subject matter. Application for waiver should be made to the program director on the Waiver of Course Requirement Form available from the Office of Student and Academic Services.

When waivers are granted, the student must substitute other courses to fulfill the 48-credit requirement for the M.C.R.P. degree or the 30-credit requirement for the M.C.R.S. degree. All electives are selected with the approval of a faculty adviser. A maximum of 12 graduate credits earned outside the school may be applied toward the M.C.R.P., subject to approval by the program director and dean.

Undergraduate Courses for Credit

Undergraduate courses may be taken for graduate credit while a student is matriculated in the M.C.R.P. or M.C.R.S. program. They generally are taken when no comparable graduate courses are available within Rutgers University. No more than six hours of undergraduate course credits taken while the student is in the graduate program may be applied to the graduate degree. Undergraduate courses to be taken for graduate credit must be reviewed and approved by the student's faculty adviser, and approved by the program director and dean, before the course is taken. Also, when registering, the student must insert a G prefix before the course number in order to receive graduate credit. Students who have taken an undergraduate course without the G prefix will find that the transcript indicates the course does not count toward their graduate degree.

The most current program information may be found at the Bloustein School website.

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