The Catholic University of America

City + Regional

Master of City + Regional Planning (M.C.R.P.)

Two Year, Professional degree

Throughout the School of Architecture and Planning, students are guided by the mission of “Building Stewardship.”  The CUA+P Master of City & Regional Planning program works at the intersection of design, policy, and social and environmental responsibility to train students to become stewards of the built, natural, and cultural environments.  Though not solely a design-based curriculum, the M.C.R.P. builds on Catholic University’s strong tradition of education in architecture and sustainability to prepare students to become both generalist planners and steward planners.  To address the growing need for planning and design interventions that include environmental impacts, students in the City and Regional Planning program explore various methods of creating better environments through the use of sustainable design practices and planning principles.

Several changes have been made to the program since it was launched in 2008.  A new tuition rate of $1,000 per credit hour was approved for the M.C.R.P. program in August 2014.  Effective January 2016, the total credit hours of the program was reduced from 48 to 42.  New joint degree options are now available so that students can combine their interests in architecture, sustainable design and facilities management with city planning.  Students may enroll simultaneously in the school's accredited Master of Architecture (M.Arch.) program and the Master of City and Regional Planning.  They may also enroll simultaneously in either the Master of Science in Sustainable Design or the Master of Science in Facilities Management and the Master of City and Regional Planning.  As part of the joint degree program, students are able to obtain the two degrees at an accelerated rate. See the descriptions under each joint degree for the specifics of the program.


While there is no mandatory licensure for planners except in the State of New Jersey, more emphasis is being placed on the American Institute of Certified Planners (AICP) examination as the credential for practicing planners. The Planning Accreditation Board (PAB) is the sole agency authorized to accredit planning programs in North America. PAB requires new planning programs to conform to five pre-conditions before applying for candidacy for accreditation. CUA’s City and Regional Planning program has now met all of the pre-conditions. One may sit for the AICP exam with a degree from a non-accredited planning program with three years of eligible professional planning experience. Information about the PAB accreditation process and eligibility requirements for the AICP exam can be found at:


Course Curriculum







Students may elect to specialize in three areas:

·       Urban Design

·       Real Estate Development

·       Sustainable Design

Each concentration requires 12-credit hours of study.



Students are required to have a minimum cumulative grade point average of 3.0 in graduate studies in all degree programs.