Founded in 1967, the Urban Planning and Policy Development (UPPD) Program educates innovative people who wish to combine social concerns with analytic skills. While planners work on a wide range of problems, they also are likely to focus on a particular issue or specialization in building individual careers, concentrating their professional expertise. For this reason the trained planner is often called “a generalist with a specialty.” That phrase is more than just a cliché. It suggests that a useful curriculum will contain a productive application of faculty disciplines and other program resources. It defines the approach to graduate study in urban planning and policy development here at Rutgers.
Planning is future-oriented and comprehensive. It seeks to link knowledge and action in ways that improve the quality of public and private development decisions affecting people and places. Because of its future orientation, planning embraces visionary and utopian thinking, yet also recognizes that the implementation of plans requires the reconciliation of present realities to future states. To become effective and ethical practitioners, students must develop a comprehensive understanding of cities and regions, and of the theory and practice of planning. They must also be able to use a variety of analytic methods in their practice. They must become sensitive to the ways in which planning affects individual and community values, and must be aware of their own roles in this process.
- The Master of City and Regional Planning (M.C.R.P.)
- The Master of City and Regional Studies (M.C.R.S.)
- M.C.R.P. / Juris Doctor (J.D.)
- M.C.R.P. / Master of Business Administration (M.B.A.)
- M.C.R.P. / Master of Infrastructure Planning (M.I.P)
- M.C.R.P. / Master of Public Policy (M.P.P.)
- M.C.R.P. / Master of Science (M.S.) in food and business economics
- B.A. or B.S. / Master of City and Regional Planning (M.C.R.P.)
- Intellectual and Communication Skills
- Visionary and Utopian Thinking
Students will demonstrate proficiency in future-oriented analysis, design, planning and policy development that serve to improve the quality of life, within their coursework and studio projects.
Students will demonstrate a proficiency in written, oral, and graphic methods of communication in a variety of settings through their studio experiences and exhibit an ability to adjust method to setting and audience.
- Mathematical Reasoning and Analysis
Students will demonstrate an ability to apply statistical and/or computational modeling perspectives in the analysis and nderstanding of planning and policy development.
- Understanding Community Values
Students will demonstrate an ability to elicit and respectfully characterize community values within their coursework and studio projects.
- Information and Computer Literacy
Students will demonstrate proficiency in conducting literature reviews, collecting primary data, retrieving secondary data, analyzing data using a variety of software packages, and reporting the findings in ways that facilitate dissemination.
- Visionary and Utopian Thinking
- Professional Development & Ethics
Students will demonstrate an ability to integrate and apply theory, methods, empirical evidence, and conceptual thinking in the development of planning-directed studio experiences in which students “work for” clients. Students are required to prepare memos, prospectuses, visual materials and final reports for clients and to present their products in formal presentations. Students will demonstrate competency in professional conduct and ethics in their interactions with faculty, students, and clients, and in their use of data.
The program offers five areas of concentration that allow students to specialize in one or more fields of planning, in addition to taking the required core courses. These concentrations are intended to help students develop a program of study that will help them fulfill their individual career goals.
Graduate Certificates in Transportation Studies, Transportation Management: Vulnerability, Risk and Security, Geospatial Information Science, Historic Preservation, Human Dimensions of Environmental Change, and Public Policy are offered.
KDI Scholars Program
In January 2001, the Bloustein School and the school’s urban planning and policy development program entered into a partnership to accept students from the School of Public Policy and Management of the Korea Development Institute (KDI) into the Master of City and Regional Studies Degree program. Click here for more information
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