Community and Regional Planning

Graduate Degree Program Summary

Graduate programs offered

Earn a Graduate Degree

  • MCRP in Community and Regional Planning with optional specialization:

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Graduate Chair
Professor Gordon Scholz

Graduate Admissions Coordinator
Stephanie Kuenning

Campus Address
302 Architecture Hall
Lincoln NE 68588-0105

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Application checklist and deadlines

1. Required by Graduate Studies

Submit these items as part of the standard steps to admission.

2. Required by Community and Regional Planning

After you apply, allow one business day for us to set up your access to GAMES, where you'll complete these requirements.

  • Entrance exam(s): GRE (recommended)
  • Minimum English proficiency: Paper TOEFL 550, Internet TOEFL 79, IELTS 6.5
  • Three recommendation letters
  • Personal Statement
  • Resume

When sending GRE or TOEFL scores, UNL's institution code is 6877 and a department code is not needed.

Application Deadlines for Community and Regional Planning
  • For priority consideration for financial assistance: March 1 for Fall. November 1 for Spring.
  • Otherwise: Rolling admission.

Application/admission is for entry in a specific term and year. UNL's academic year is divided into 3 terms: Fall (August-December), Spring (January-May), and Summer (multiple sessions May-August). Some UNL programs accept new students only in certain terms and/or years; if your desired entry term isn't mentioned here, you may want to consult the department for clarification.


The Master of Community and Regional Planning (M.C.R.P.) program is designed to provide students with an understanding of the economic, social, political, and physical characteristics of communities and regions, and to assist students in developing skills for application in the planning profession.

The master's program requires completion of 48 graduate credit hours, 24 of which are for required core courses and 18 to 24 (depending on completion track chosen by the student) are for open electives. Each student consults with a faculty advisor to select elective courses within and outside the program that will help the student achieve his or her academic and professional goals. Students with diverse educational and professional backgrounds are encouraged to apply for admission to the M.C.R.P. program, which is accredited by the Planning Accreditation Board. No prior course work in planning is required.

A varying number of research assistantships and off-campus internships are available for M.C.R.P. students.

Students may choose to complete requirements in three interdepartmental areas of specialization: environmental studies, Great Plains studies, and water resources planning and management. The elective credit hours also may fulfill an individualized area of specialization, but pursuit of a designated specialization within the M.C.R.P. program is not required. The following dual degree programs are available: M.C.R.P./J.D.; M.C.R.P./M.Arch.; and M.C.R.P./M.S. in civil engineering with a specialization in transportation engineering.

Additional information regarding the M.C.R.P./M.S. in Civil Engineering Program:

The increasing complexity of issues relating to physical, economic, and social well-being in the world today is requiring broader knowledge and greater depth of understanding by decision makers who are attempting to resolve those issues and thereby improve the quality of life. Professionals in the fields of civil engineering and planning are commonly called upon to assist in the definition and resolution of these complex issues.

Persons who are educated both in civil engineering and in planning are uniquely equipped to understand many of these difficult problems. They are better prepared than many other professionals to identify the most appropriate technical, institutional, and policy alternatives that address such problems. Historically, there has been a strong tradition of interdisciplinary cross-over in the types of problems addressed by civil engineers and planners. In fact,many practitioners provide individually, or as members of interdisciplinary teams and firms, professional services in both fields.

Based upon the reality of continually expanding interdisciplinary professional challenges, responsibilities, and opportunities, this dual degree program offers a means by which students may concurrently complete requirements for both the Master of Science in Civil Engineering (M.S.C.E.) and the Master of Community and Regional Planning(M.C.R.P.) degrees in an estimated two-and-one-half years of full-time study.

This dual degree program utilizes the frameworks and faculties of existing academic degree programs at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln. This program draws upon the existing required core and elective courses in the M.C.R.P. degree program, as well as existing courses in either the transportation, water resources, or environmental engineering specializations of the M.S. Civil Engineering degree program.

The intent of this dual degree program is to prepare students for a variety of professional roles in which the knowledge, skills, and background of both the planner and civil engineer are important. These roles include, but are not limited to, professional work in the following areas:

  • city planning and management
  • land use planning and growth management
  • subdivision planning and site design
  • land development
  • transportation planning
  • traffic engineering
  • environmental engineering
  • environmental planning
  • water resources engineering
  • water resources planning

Persons completing this dual degree program will have the opportunity to attain professional status in either or both of the planning and engineering professions. Planner/engineers find challenging professional positions in a wide variety of private sector and non-profit organizations, in all levels of government, as well as international settings.

Cost of attendance

Cost differs from one student to another. For details see Tuition, Fees, and Funding or try our Cost Estimator.

Courses and More

Admitted students will choose courses from the Course Catalog, typically in: During the first half of their coursework, students will work with an advisor to create a plan of study — one of the essential Steps to Degree Completion.

Faculty and research

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Rodrigo Cantarero

Economic Development and Planning; GIS; Minority Health Issues; Small Town Quality of Life Issues; Immigration

Yunwoo Nam

Public Policy; Urban Modeling; Urban Spatial Structure; GIS and Analytic Methods; Land Use and Transportation Interaction

Gordon Scholz

Land Use Planning; Historic Preservation; Urban Planning and Design

Zhenghong Tang

Environmental Planning and Policy; Local Land Use Planning in Environmental Management; Climate Change Mitigation and Adaptations; GIS Applications in Planning

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