The Catholic University of America

city and regional planning

City + Regional



The Right Time to Bring Positive Change to the World

You can have a critical impact on the development of communities through The Catholic University of America’s School of Architecture and Planning’s (CUA+P) offerings in City and Regional Planning. Both our graduate and undergraduate degree programs train students in the stewardship of the built, natural, social, and cultural environments in the United States and globally. Whatever your field of study and interest, you will bring a valuable perspective to the examination of our communities and how planners can help to inspire positive change in the world.

The Right Place to Study City and Regional Planning

Our City and Regional Planning programs bring together diverse faculty, students, and outside resources to discuss the many critical issues facing our cities today.  The curriculum encompasses a holistic perspective that examines how overlapping physical, social, economic, political, and cultural systems impact a community.  Our programs prepare students to interact with myriad community stakeholders, to understand the complexities of why cities succeed or fail, and to plan for the current and future growth of our global environment.

The Bachelor of Science in City and Regional Studies (B.S.C.R.S.) is a 4-year interdisciplinary non-professional degree that allows students to explore issues relating to cities and communities from a variety of perspectives.  Students will discuss the challenges that face our growing urban places from physical, social, economic, cultural, environmental, and historical standpoints.  The degree will prepare students for careers in planning, law, sustainability, social work, or public policy, as they come to understand the complex interrelationships that exist within our cities and across the globe.

The Master of City and Regional Planning (M.C.R.P.) is a 2-year professional, interdisciplinary degree.  You can qualify with any Bachelor’s degree—arts, sociology, political science, business, psychology, engineering, architecture; even theology or philosophy.  Our 42-credit hour program includes an optional design focus that increases the program to 54 credit hours. This added coursework strengthens the design skills for those who do not have an architecture background or who want to extend their training in the context of physical planning.  The program is closely aligned with the Master of Science in Sustainable Design (M.S.S.D.) program to reinforce sustainable design principles in the planning curriculum.

The Right Field for Professional Success

As our cities evolve due to unprecedented population growth, there has become a higher demand for professionals with the skills and knowledge to guide the process of change and development.  City and Regional Planning has been identified as one of the best jobs in America five times in the past decade by US News and World Report.  There are currently over 40,000 planning jobs across the United States with a steady projected job growth rate due to the need to manage growing cities and revitalize cities in decline.  There are also job prospects abroad.  With your CUA+P M.C.R.P. and at least three years of professional planning experience, you have the potential to become a full member of the American Institute of Certified Planners (A.I.C.P.), the credentialing agency for the planning profession.  The mean salary for a full-time planner is approximately $70,000, with those planners credentialed by AICP earning significantly more.


How City Planning relates to Pope Francis’ Encyclical, Laudato Si: On Our Common Home.