The objectives of the MCRP program are to prepare you for your first professional job and for a long-term career in planning. We believe that both aims can best be met by a program of study and simulated practice that combines theory and methods with substantive knowledge about planning, spatial development and public policy.
The program is structured to provide: 1) a core of planning theory, urban theory and planning methods, 2) in-depth coverage of substantive knowledge, methods, techniques and institutions in an area of specialization, 3) elective courses to broaden or deepen knowledge and skills in particular areas of interest, and 4) application of knowledge and skills in a problem-solving workshop and Master’s Project.
In addition to the core curriculum, taken during the first year in residence, the department offers four specializations associated with professional planning practice in: economic development, housing & community development, land use and environmental planning, and transportation planning. Sustainable development is the overarching concept for these specializations. Each emphasizes equity, environmental quality, economic viability, and social participation and grapples with the interconnections among these dimensions of sustainability.
We also offer tracks that cut across specializations and serve to augment the core and specialization curricula. These tracks are packages of courses can be taken as electives along with specializations and can be viewed as follows:
For more Master’s Program information: planning.unc.edu/academics/masters