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.) degree is generally recognized as the professional degree in the field. The M.C.R.P. program prepares students for practice in planning, policy analysis, and program development through a curriculum designed to develop in the student 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 Master of City and Regional Studies (M.C.R.S.) program is only open to individuals who hold advanced degrees in other disciplines and wish to develop special auxiliary knowledge in planning, or who are international practicing planners with extensive professional experience.
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.
Joint Degree Programs
Allied with Urban Planning and Policy Development is the school-wide Ph.D. program, which focuses on the preparation of planning-focused scholars who will teach and conduct research. In addition, the following dual degrees are also offered:
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.) (joint program relationship with School of Arts and Sciences, granting undergraduate and graduate degrees in five-year full-time program)
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.
Funding ProgramsOpportunities for funding and support to qualified graduate students.
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
Program Background and Philosophy
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.
Diverse disciplines -- reflected in the backgrounds of incoming students, in the positions filled by graduates, and in the academic and professional pursuits of the faculty -- exemplify the flexibility of the Urban Planning and Policy Development Program at Rutgers . This intentional diversity sets the direction of our program: to seek a variety of approaches in exploring the dimensions of urban and regional questions and in preparing responses to those questions. Our graduates learn to competently respond to socioeconomic problems and political opportunities as well as the physical concerns of traditional planning.
Students at the Bloustein School have the opportunity to conduct hands-on research through studio classes and through appointments as researchers employed by the school's centers and institutes in such areas as community development, neighborhood revitalization, transportation, workforce development, and energy policy. Click here to view the Student Project page