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
34:970:501 History and Theory of Planning
34:970:509 Urban Economy and Spatial Patterns
34:970:510,511 Graduate Planning Studio
34:970:515 Basic Quantitative Methods
34:970:516 Planning Methods
Additional methods course*
34:970:517 Survey of Planning Law Principles
Total Credits for the M.C.R.P.
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
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
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
The most current program information may be found at the Bloustein School website.