City & Regional Planning: Public & Private 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.

Students in the Public & Private Development concentration will learn the planning, design, entrepreneurial, and financing principles of developing for-profit and community-oriented housing and commercial development projects; how to put together development proposals and plans that meet the needs of tenants, the marketplace, and the community; how to develop projects that are economically, socially, and environmentally sustainable; and how private developers can work in partnership with cities and towns, redevelopment agencies, non-profits, and community groups to create affordable housing and public-private development partnerships. These same skills and abilities will be widely valued outside the United States, especially in growing areas of Asia and South America.


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
Public-Private Development Requirements
Required Courses
CPLN 540Introduction to Property Development1
CPLN 641Progressive Development1
CPLN 642Downtown Development1
Concentration Electives
Select two of the following:2
Design and Development
Housing Policy
Techniques of Urban Economic Development
Site Planning 1
Total Course Units18

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.