The Catholic University of America

City + Regional


Master of City and Regional Planning (MCRP)

Two-Year, Professional degree

The MCRP curriculum prepares students with the foundation to become generalist planners and steward planners according to the CUArch mission of “Building Stewardship.” The planning curriculum provides graduate students with a program of study that integrates planning history, theory, practice, zoning and legal aspects, land use, transportation, and analytical methods. Coupled with a design orientation, these policy-related subjects will be framed within sustainable design and planning principles.

The MCRP is a minimum two-year, 48-credit-hour program.  Most classes are offered in the evening to accommodate working professionals.  Students may enroll on a full-time or part-time basis and enter the program in the fall, spring or summer semester.

An optional design focus is available, extending the program to 60 credit hours.  The additional coursework in the design focus program will strengthen the physical design skills for those who do not have an architecture background or who want to extend their training in the context of physical planning. If pursued in conjunction with the M.Arch program, requirements can be reduced up to 12 credit hours.