The Master in City and Regional Planning (MCRP) program at The Ohio State University trains students to become professional planners who can apply knowledge and theory in practical settings, while introducing students to the latest developments in planning knowledge and techniques. Students in the MCRP program do work that is connected to practice—through a required internship and client-based studio work. Most students pursue paid internship experiences throughout their two years in the program, made available through a network of public, not-for-profit, and private sponsors the program cultivates.
The MCRP program emphasizes planning at the local, regional, national and international levels, with global concerns and perspectives integrated throughout. To support this, we offer travel programs across the globe—Ghana, Taiwan, Europe, and Latin America. Students receive a well-rounded planning education with particular emphasis placed on efficiency, sustainable practice, and equity. The program affords students the ability to concentrate their work in an area of interest: Energy, the Environment and Sustainability; Geographic Information Systems and Remote Sensing; Housing, Real Estate, and Neighborhoods; International Development; Physical Planning and Urban Design; Planning Policy and Process; Transportation; Urban and Regional Economics. Technology is integrated throughout the curriculum. Ohio State’s MCRP program also offers options for graduate minors and dual degrees, taking advantage of its position within a large and diverse university.
The program is housed within the City and Regional Planning Section of the Knowlton School of Architecture. The School trains planners, landscape architects, and architects – professionals that are increasingly important in a world marked by scarcity, volatility and interconnectivity. This professional training is necessary but not sufficient to this task. Each of our curricula includes technical subjects that are matched with history and theory classes to underscore the cultural implications of each disciplinary approach.
This emphasis on connecting theory to practice arises out of the ideals of The Ohio State University as a land grant institution founded in the 19th Century in response to the industrial revolution. At that time, the United States faced economic challenges that needed young professionals, particularly in agriculture and mining engineering, trained by institutions such as Ohio State. Gradually, the educational scope of land grant institutions expanded to include the liberal arts with the understanding that this broadly based curriculum ensures the informed citizenry upon which a democracy depends.