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The University of Texas at Arlington
Master of City and Regional Planning
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Email Website 817-272-2801

The University of Texas at Arlington is located in the heart of the Dallas Fort-Worth Metroplex home to over hundreds of cities and townships in the area. The Metroplex is the fastest growing metropolitan area in the United States home to over seven million people. Given our unique location, our students have access to an urban laboratory in addition to unique professional opportunities.


The Master of City and Regional Planning program is the only PAB accredited planning master’s degree in the Dallas-Fort Worth area. The program has a broad focus on metropolitan planning and sustainability. The program will prepare individuals to hone in on areas of urban sprawl, pollution, economic development, aging infrastructures, and more. The program is composed of 48 total credit hours and can be completed in 2 years at a full-time rate. A student who is well-prepared through an undergraduate degree in planning or related field and has as well five or more years of relevant and verifiable professional experience may be eligible to complete the degree in 30 credit hours.We admit students into the program year round (fall, spring, and summer).

The Master of City and Regional Planning program has a solid alumni network, as we have been graduating students since 1978. Our program is organized around planning for metropolitan sustainability and resilience and the following strengths have been highlighted in its accreditation:

  • Extensive alumni network

  • Internship opportunities

  • High rate of job placement

  • Two outreach centers: the Institute of Urban Studies and the Urban Design Center

  • A good balance between theory and practice in the curriculum

  • Mentorship program: New students are partnered with alums of the program who live and work in the DFW metroplex

Our mentorship program pairs new students with practicing alums of the program. This allows student mentees to shadow their professional mentors and receive guidance related to the profession, career paths and AICP certification.

MCRP graduates are employed in the public, private and nonprofit sectors and have made careers in a variety of planning areas such as:

  • Transportation Planning 

  • Community Development 

  • Historic Preservation 

  • Development Review

  • Environmental & Natural Resource Planning 

  • Urban Design & Planning

The Master of City and Regional Planning program is also exploring the Future of Hypermobility with a course designed in partnership with AECOM to explore untapped modes of transportation through multidisciplinary instruction.


The Ph.D. in Urban Planning and Public Policy (UPPP) integrates the academic disciplines of urban planning and public policy by training Ph.D. students to conduct independent research that makes a substantive contribution to their chosen planning and policy subfields. The program prepares doctoral students for academic careers and for leadership in research positions in the public, private or nonprofit sectors. UPPP graduates have secured academic and research positions at research universities and institutes, think tanks, and public planning agencies nationally and internationally.

The UPPP Ph.D. has four key areas of focus:

  • Housing

  • Urban Design

  • Transportation Analysis, Planning and Policy

  • Environmental Planning Policy/Sustainability

Students have opportunities to gain research experience in the Institute of Urban Studies (IUS) and Center for Transportation, Equity, Decision and Dollars (CTEDD), both research centers employ students to work on multidisciplinary projects. The centers actively collaborates with our surrounding community to identify and resolve practical, real-world problems by offering the substantial experience and expertise of the university’s multidisciplinary students, faculty, and staff. Our reach runs from community groups to nonprofit organizations to private sector representatives to public agencies.



  • MCRP + Public Administration

  • MCRP + Social Work

  • MCRP + Architecture

  • MCRP + Landscape Architecture

  • MCRP + Civil Engineering

  • MCRP + Environmental Science & Engineering


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Email: [email protected]
Phone: 817-272-2801
Text: 855-202-6818

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