Master of City and Regional Planning (MCRP)

The Master of City and Regional Planning (M.C.R.P.) degree is generally recognized as the professional degree in the field. The M.C.R.P. program prepares students for practice in planning as well as policy and program development through a curriculum designed to develop an understanding of the linkages between the social, economic, and political factors of urban society and the physical and environmental framework of regions and communities.

The program requires two years of full-time coursework, with a total of 48 credits earned during that time. Reflecting the school’s philosophy of providing an interdisciplinary approach for each student, a minimum of 24 elective credits is included in the 48-credit total.

Students must maintain an overall grade-point average of 3.0 in order to graduate. If a student’s grade-point average is below a 3.0 at the end of a semester, the student will have one semester to improve the average to 3.0 or greater. During the semester, the student will be on probation. Additionally, a student cannot graduate with more than three courses (9 credits) with grades of C+ or below.

Program of Study

  • 34:970:501  History and Theory of Planning (3)
  • 34:970:509  Urban Economy and Spatial Patterns (3)
  • 34:970:510, 11  Graduate Planning Studios (6)
  • 34:970:515  Basic Quantitative Methods (3)
  • 34:970:516  Planning Methods (3)
  • Additional methods course (3)*
  • 34:970:517  Survey of Planning Law Principles (3)
  • Elective Courses (24)
  • Total Credits for the M.C.R.P. (48)

*Chosen from an extensive list of qualitative and quantitative courses approved by the program director.

Professional Report Requirement

Students must satisfy the professional report requirement by receiving a grade of A- or better on a memo prepared in Planning Methods  (34:970:516). The report will be structured as a short (about 10 pages) memorandum written in a professional style on a planning topic approved by the course instructor.

Course Waiver and Transferring Credit

Students may be excused from a required course if they demonstrate equivalent mastery of the subject matter. Application for waiver should be made to the faculty member in charge of the required course on the Waiver of Course Requirement Form available from the Office of Student and Academic Services. Applicants for a waiver of studio courses should contact the program director. When waivers are granted, the student must substitute other courses to fulfill the 48-credit requirement for the M.C.R.P. degree or the 30-credit requirement for the M.C.R.S. degree. All electives are selected with the approval of a faculty adviser. A maximum of 12 graduate credits earned outside the department may be applied toward the M.C.R.P., subject to approval by the graduate faculty.

Undergraduate Courses for Credit

Undergraduate courses may be taken for graduate credit while a student is matriculated in the M.C.R.P. or M.C.R.S. program. They generally are taken when no comparable graduate courses are available within the Rutgers University system. In general, no more than six hours of undergraduate course credits taken while the student is in the graduate program may be applied to the graduate degree. Undergraduate courses to be taken for graduate credit must be reviewed and approved by the student’s faculty adviser before the course is taken. Also, when registering, the student must insert a G prefix before the course number in order to receive graduate credit. Students who have taken an undergraduate course without the G prefix will find that the transcript indicates the course does not count toward their graduate degree.

International Students: CPT/OPT/Internship/Law Course Waiver

International students in the MCRP and MCRS degree programs often take coursework from other Rutgers units to complement the nature of their program of study.  In addition, international students take on a series of professional work and internship experiences (practical training) throughout their program of study with outside planning and public policy private, non-profit and government sector organizations.  International students must register (0-3 credits) for “Research Internship” (34:970:844) or “Internship in Urban Planning” (34:970:636) during semesters of professional work experiences (fall-spring-summer).  All practical training experiences must be approved by the advisor/director using school paperwork through Handshake as well as with the Rutgers Global Center for proper CPT paperwork approval.  These experiences are monitored and reviewed by the program director. Post-study OPT opportunities are also available if approved by the Rutgers Global Center and the Bloustein Office of Student and Academic Services (note, early application deadlines necessary.) Students should see the Office of Student and Academic Services prior to engaging in any outside opportunity for consultation.

International students are also waived from Survey of Planning Law Principles (34:970:517), and instead should take an elective course specific to their interested and in conjunction with their advisor’s approval.


The program offers six 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.

Certificate Programs

Certificates are groupings of five or so courses offered by key, multiple departments that if taken, indicate that the student has developed cross-disciplinary expertise in a particular subject area. The Bloustein School offers 10 graduate certificate programs in transportation, climate change, energy, public policy, real estate, historic preservation, and more.


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