Joint BA or BS / MCRP Program

BA or BS / Master of City and Regional Planning (3-1-1) Program Dual-Degree Program


The Edward J. Bloustein School of Planning and Public Policy, in cooperation with the undergraduate colleges at Rutgers University, has created a special program that enables students to earn a Bachelor of Arts or Science and a Master of City and Regional Planning in five years rather than the normal six. This program gives exemplary students the opportunity to complete their liberal arts education and prepare themselves for a career in urban planning and development.

During the first three years of their undergraduate education, students will complete most of their major and general studies requirements. They may apply for admission to the joint program by February 1st of their junior year.

During their senior year, admitted students will take up to six (6) graduate courses in the Urban Planning and Policy Development Program, which are taught in the school's state-of-the-art facility on Livingston Avenue. At the end of their fourth year, students should have completed all undergraduate requirements to receive their bachelor's degree.

In the summer after graduating from their Rutgers undergraduate college, students will participate in a professional internship experience for credit at a public agency, non-profit organization, or private firm working on planning issues. In addition, they take on a summer course offering. Students receive six graduate credits both the internship and the course.

During their fifth year, students complete their graduate studies and receive the MCRP degree.

 

Advantages of the Five Year Program
The program is structured so that students can complete both the undergraduate major and professional graduate degree courses to earn both a bachelor's degree and an MCRP in five years. During their senior year, students receive the benefit of undergraduate tuition rates while taking graduate courses, thus reducing the costs of the two degrees. Graduates of the Urban Planning and Policy Development Program work in important and varied positions in the fields of planning, development, economics and sociology, including for city and town planning departments, in federal and state executive agencies, for non-profit and advocacy organizations and in many private consultant, engineering and architecture firms.  All sectors of the workforce are represented by planners.

Admission
Step One:  Discuss the program with your college academic dean.

Step Two:  Notify the urban planning program of your intent to apply by contacting Clinton Andrews, Director of the Urban Planning and Policy Development Program at 848-932-2808, or email cja1@rci.rutgers.edu.

Step Three:  Earn a 3.0 grade point average or better.

Step Four:  Take the Graduate Record Exam during your junior year.

Step Five:  Apply to the program by February 1st of your junior year. An application needs to contain transcripts, three letters of recommendation, a statement of purpose, GRE scores, resume and a letter from your academic advisor at your undergraduate college authorizing your application.  Apply online at http://www.gradstudy.rutgers.edu.  Your statement of purpose should indicate you are applying to the 3-1-1 BA/BS MCRP Program.

Please know that admission is subjective and requires review by several faculty members.  Until this review takes place, an admissions decision should not be concluded nor assumed.


 

Sample Program of Study for the (3-1-1) BA or BS / MCRP Program

Senior Year
Credits
First Term (9 graduate credits, 6 undergraduate credits)
 
History and Theory of Planning
3
Methods 1
3
Elective Planning Course
3
Two Undergraduate Courses*
6*
Second Term (9 graduate credits, 6 undergraduate credits)
 
Urban Economy and Spatial Patterns
3
Methods II
3
Elective Planning Course
3
Two Undergraduate Courses*
6
 
Summer Following Senior Year
Credits
Summer Internship in Planning
3
Summer Planning Elective Course
3
 
Fifth Year
Credits
First Term (15 graduate credits)
 
Graduate Planning Studio
3
Three Elective Planning Courses
9
Second Term (12 graduate credits)
Graduate Planning Studio
3
Planning Law Principles
3
Two Elective Planning Courses
6



* Note: Undergraduate courses DO NOT count as electives toward the MCRP degree credit total. They are just shown above to demonstrate the mixed year of coursework.


Concentrations
Students will select electives from the graduate course concentrations in the Urban Planning Program. Please consult the school’s graduate course catalog for more information.  The concentrations are:



More Information
Should you have any questions, require additional information or want to discuss the program in more detail, contact Lynn Astorga, student and academic services specialist at (848) 932-2727 or lastorga@rci.rutgers.edu.