MCRP in City and Regional Planning
The city and regional planning program is located within the Department of Planning, Development and Preservation, a division of the College of Architecture, Arts & Humanities. This professional master's degree program was established in 1968 and has been fully accredited since 1973 with more than 530 graduates. As the only graduate planning program in South Carolina, the program plays a pivotal role in the development of the planning profession in the state and region. Graduate planning students come from a variety of undergraduate majors and professional backgrounds. The MCRP program typically has annual classes of approximately 15-20 students providing the opportunity for extensive faculty involvement in teaching, research, and public service. Students come from many states and several countries.
The MCRP program taps the diverse resources of other planning-related departments in the University such as architecture, landscape architecture, economics, political science, civil engineering, industrial management, sociology, environmental and transportation engineering, and construction science and management. Several studios and courses focus specifically on an interdisciplinary approach to planning and land development with students from several departments and colleges.
The program emphasizes sustainable land development applying appropriate technology and recognizing the balance of physical, economic, financial, social, and policy dimensions of planning. While the curriculum covers theory and policy issues, the principal focus emphasizes the applied skills that students will need to enter the job market as professional planners and to evolve as leaders in the field. Classes use real-world situations for analysis and for the application of planning skills.
The primary mission of the city and regional planning program is to serve the local, state, regional, national, and global environment by integrating theory and practice in dealing with challenges of community growth and change in an increasingly diverse society by engaging in research and service activities that address critical planning issues.
ACRP student total of 54 credit hours are required for the MCRP degree. The two-year program contains a 33-credit core curriculum, including a 1-credit summer internship. The program also calls for 15-21 credits of elective courses in addition to 3-credits for a terminal project or 6-credits for a thesis. The core curriculum includes planning and substantive theory, analytical methods, implementation techniques and applications. Electives allow the student to develop further expertise in one of four specializations: transportation, environmental planning, GIS/land use planning, and housing/community development/urban design. A summer internship between the first and second year requires 10 weeks of supervised professional employment. Students also have the option to take a Maymester elective on campus or study abroad. Upon the completion of coursework, an oral examination is required to present and defend the results of their terminal project or thesis.
Graduate Students in city and regional planning have the opportunity to study abroad during the fall semester of their second year in Genoa, Italy or Istanbul, Turkey. Those students wishing to embark on a shorter venture abroad have the option to spend their Maymester in Greece and Turkey. Studying abroad provides students with the opportunity to study historical development patterns and city form. All programs provide elective credits toward the Master of City and Regional Planning.
1. Submit your Graduate School application, along with an $80 non-refundable application fee ($90 for international students). Applications must be filed electronically through the Graduate School web site: Graduate School Application
The following are requirements of the Graduate School application:
- Unofficial copies of all undergraduate transcripts. These should be submitted online through the graduate school. Official copies will be required if admission into the program is granted.
- GRE exam scores, ETS institutional code 5111. International students must also submit TOEFL exam scores.
- Three letters of recommendation.
- Personal statement of objectives. (1-2 pages).
2. The department requests that any additional letters of recommendation not sent to the Graduate School be sent to the department. These may be mailed to the address below, or emailed directly to Aaron Howard, the student services coordinator for the Department of Planning, Development and Preservation: