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University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
Master of City and Regional Planning
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The Department of City and Regional Planning at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill (Carolina Planning or DCRP) is seeking students who care about the interaction between the physical and social environment and who want to shape the future of cities and regions by creating beautiful, vibrant, sustainable, diverse, inclusive, and equitable communities. By becoming a Carolina Planning student, you will be part of our 75-year tradition of training the leading practitioners and academics in the country.

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Effective for the Fall 2021 application cycle, MCRP applicants will no longer need to submit GRE scores as part of their application materials. Apply here.

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Building Better Communities
Carolina Planning is one of the most established and well-respected planning programs in the country with an alumni network that spans the globe. Our faculty members, world-class scholars leading cutting-edge research, are redefining the field of planning. And our international student body brings diverse skills and experiences to the classroom, where the low student to faculty ratio allows for high engagement and collaboration.

The state of North Carolina, the Research Triangle region, and the community of Chapel Hill are ideally suited to serve as the home base of a nationally ranked program in city and regional planning. We were the first planning department established with a base in the social sciences rather than in architecture or landscape design and have retained and strengthened that legacy through the multidisciplinary research and teaching programs.

Response to the Pandemic
COVID has made the need for planners even clearer. The pandemic has highlighted how inequities in employment, mobility, and housing lead to greater health risk. The Carolina Planning community has relied on our values to guide our thinking, policies and actions in responding to COVID and in taking action against structural racism. The work of faculty, graduates, and current students shapes the communities and regions where we live and is critical to addressing societal challenges including congestion, air pollution, housing affordability, and inequality.

Career-launching Education
Our program is designed to prepare you for your first professional job and for a long-term career in planning. Students will receive an education that combines excellent classroom and remote teaching, hands-on experience with real world problems, and engagement in innovative research. The curriculum is based on a strong core in theory and planning methods, but is flexible to cater to interests across planning tracks and specializations. We also offer dual degree opportunities (Planning & Law, Planning & Business, Planning & Public Health, Planning & Landscape Architecture with NC State University, Planning & Public Administration, Planning & Environmental Management with Duke University) and several certificate programs.

Carolina Planning is well positioned to offer students a wealth of opportunities including interdisciplinary courses across the university, resource-rich libraries, state-of-the art computing and statistical consulting services, and renowned research centers and institutes. We are committed to making high quality education affordable so that our degree is accessible to students from diverse backgrounds.

Carolina Community
Here you will forge friendships and develop networks that will strengthen your career and the communities you care about. Students are involved in activities and collaborations across campus and still make time for weekly happy hours to get together as a Carolina Planning family. Through the advocacy efforts of Plan for All, as well as other student-run organizations and service opportunities like disaster relief in hurricane-impacted parts of the state, there are many ways to learn about and have impact on the wider Carolina community.

Carolina Planning actively works toward increasing diversity and inclusion of students, faculty, and ideas from marginalized communities, including but not limited to:

  • Providing funding support opportunities in the form of an Excellence in Diversity Fellowship

  • Fostering opportunities to learn from international contexts inside and outside the classroom

  • Reviewing course materials to expand intellectual diversity as well as authorship representation

  • Regularly facilitated workshops and events promoting racial equity

  • The creation of Plan For All, a student-led group dedicated to issues of department equity, diversity, and inclusion

These department initiatives, supplemented by formal and informal organizing amongst students over matters of ethnicity, gender, environmental racism, and LGBTQ identity, have lead to department-wide familiarity with issues spanning a diverse set of populations. The more reflective of society’s diversity the department is, the better we are.

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