City & Regional Planning: Housing, Community and Economic Development, MCP

The Master of City Planning core curriculum encompasses the basic skills and knowledge required of all planners regardless of their specialization, and is a hallmark of our cutting-edge and practical approach to educating city planners. Students who complete the core will understand the legal and historical basis of city planning; they will know how to use a wide variety of population and economic data to understand local communities; and they will understand the form and arrangement of cities and metropolitan areas around the world. Most important, they will understand which planning approaches work best in which contexts and circumstances.

The Housing, Community and Economic Development concentration focuses on how planners and policy leaders influence the social and economic factors shaping metropolitan economies and urban neighborhoods, particularly low-wealth communities and communities of color. It prepares graduates for positions in housing, community and economic development finance, neighborhood revitalization, workforce development, center city re-development, and public sector management of urban and regional economic development. Housing, Community and Economic Development is a four-credit concentration.


A total of 18 course units are required for graduation. 15 course units must be in City Planning (CPLN) courses.

City & Regional Planning Requirements
Core Requirements
CPLN 500Introduction to City Planning: Past, Present and Future1
CPLN 501Quantitative Planning Analysis Methods1
CPLN 502Public Finance and Public Policy1
or CPLN 509 Law of Planning and Urban Development
CPLN 600Planning Workshop2
CPLN Planning Studio2
Spatial Analysis Requirement
Select one of the following:1
Modeling Geographical Objects
Modeling Geographic Space
Modeling Geographical Objects
Breadth Methods Requirement
Select one of the following: 1
Site Planning
Planning by Numbers
Negotiation and Conflict Resolution
Introduction to Land Use Planning
Introduction to Property Development
Introduction to Graphics for Urban Design
Social Impact in Practice
Land Use and Environmental Modeling
General Electives
Select 4-5 course units4-5
Housing, Community and Economic Development Requirements
Required Courses
CPLN 520Introduction to Community and Economic Development1
CPLN 720Community and Economic Development Practicum1
Theory/Methods Courses
Select one of the following:1
Techniques of Urban Economic Development
Social Impact in Practice
Housing Policy
Concentration Electives
Select one of the following:1
Metropolitan Food System
Race, Poverty and Place
Downtown Development
Migration and Development
Total Course Units18

Internship Requirement

Because a planning education extends beyond the classroom, all MCP students are required to complete a planning internship, usually between their first and second years. Internships may be paid or unpaid, for at least six weeks. Internships can be completed at any government agency or commission, private consulting firm, or non-profit or advocacy organization involved in planning practice, or research.

The degree and major requirements displayed are intended as a guide for students entering in the Fall of 2020 and later. Students should consult with their academic program regarding final certifications and requirements for graduation.