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.

Curriculum

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 5000Introduction to City Planning: History, Theory and Practice1
CPLN 5010Quantitative Planning Analysis Methods1
CPLN 5020Public Finance & Public Policy1
or CPLN 5090 Law of Planning and Urban Development
CPLN 6000Planning Workshop2
CPLN Planning Studio2
Spatial Analysis Requirement
Select one of the following:1
Modeling Geographical Objects
Modeling Geographic Space
Modeling Geographical Objects
General Electives
Select 5-6 course units5-6
Public-Private Development Requirements
Required Courses
CPLN 5400Introduction to Property Development1
CPLN 6410Progressive Development1
CPLN 6420Downtown Development1
Concentration Electives
Select two of the following:2
Design and Development
Housing Policy
Techniques of Urban Economic Development
Site Planning
Other PPD-related course with permission of advisor
Total Course Units18

The degree and major requirements displayed are intended as a guide for students entering in the Fall of 2022 and later. Students should consult with their academic program regarding final certifications and requirements for graduation.