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University of Nebraska–Lincoln

Master of Community and Regional Planning

Gordon Scholz, AICP, AIA
Interim Program Director
Community and Regional Planning Program
College of Architecture

Do you have a passion for changing the world?

The Master of Community and Regional Planning (MCRP) degree from the University of Nebraska–Lincoln (UNL) will enable you to pursue a career as a professional planner—a dynamic, diverse and future-oriented path in which you can help communities become more sustainable, attractive, healthful, and efficient for today’s residents and for future generations.

Planners serve in a variety of roles that positively impact the physical, environmental, social, and economic vitality of the communities in which they are working.  Among the functional areas in which planners focus their professional skills are land use, economic development, transportation, housing, human services, and various aspects of the physical and natural environment.  Knowledge and skills developed in UNL’s Master of Community and Regional Planning (MCRP) program enable graduates to become adaptive, engaged, collaborative, and effective as professional planners.

UNL’s Master of Community and Regional Planning (MCRP) program welcomes applications from students who have a wide variety of academic backgrounds.  Students enter the MCRP program at various points in their academic and personal lives.  Students in the program reflect the diversity that is characteristic of the field of planning.

The 48-credit-hour MCRP program includes 24 credit hours of required core courses, as well as sufficient elective credit hours to enable students to develop specialized skills and interests in areas related to planning.  Students may utilize elective credit hours to pursue specific interdepartmental areas of specialization, dual degree programs, or graduate certificate programs.

Three dual degree programs are offered in tandem with the MCRP:

  • Juris Doctor (JD)
  • Master of Architecture (MArch)
  • Master of Science in Civil Engineering (MSCE [transportation specialization])

Additionally, three UNL interdepartmental areas of specialization are available to planning students:

  • Environmental Studies
  • Great Plains Studies
  • Water Resources Planning and Management

Students may choose one of three completion tracks in the MCRP program:

  • Master’s Thesis
  • Professional Project
  • Comprehensive Written and Oral Exam

The MCRP program can be completed in two years of full-time study or can be pursued on a part-time basis.  The program offers evening courses to accommodate students who are employed full-time.

UNL’s MCRP program is the only planning degree program in Nebraska.  Nationally accredited by the Planning Accreditation Board, the program has a respected tradition of educating and graduating students who can facilitate positive change in the communities in which they are working.

Lincoln, Nebraska (population 309,387), was ranked in a 2014-2015 study by the American Institute for Economic Research as one of the top 10 small metro area destinations for college students in the United States, based on 12 key criteria in the categories of student life, culture, economic health, and opportunity that enrich a college learning experience.

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