Community and Regional Planning, MCRP
The master’s degree under Option I requires a thesis and should be chosen by students who are preparing for careers in research and scholarly work or additional academic pursuits beyond the master’s degree. Under this option, a student must earn a minimum of 30 semester hours of credit, consisting of 20 to 24 semester hours of regular course work, and present a thesis equivalent to 6 to 10 semester hours. At least one-half of the credit hours required for the degree, including thesis, must be in the major (at least 18 hours for the Master of Education degree). The remaining work may be in supporting courses or in a minor consisting of at least 9 semester hours. At least 8 hours, in addition to the thesis, must be earned in courses open exclusively to graduate students (900 level or 800 level without 400 or lower counterparts).
The subject of the thesis should be chosen from the student’s field of major interest and must be approved by the departmental Graduate Committee. The thesis should reveal a capacity to carry on independent study or research and should demonstrate the student’s ability to use the techniques employed in their field of investigation. The thesis must conform to the required style and format described in the Preparing a Thesis or Dissertation guidelines. An electronic copy of the thesis and abstract must be presented for preliminary review to the Master’s Programs Coordinator in the Office of Graduate Studies at least two weeks (one week in the summer sessions) before the date for the candidate’s oral examination. A candidate is not eligible for the oral examination until the thesis is completed and approved by the major adviser. After the thesis has been successfully defended, it must be electronically submitted to the Master’s Programs Coordinator for a final review prior to being uploaded to Digital Commons.
Research activities involving human subjects or live vertebrate animals may not be conducted at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln unless the research activities have been reviewed and approved by the appropriate board or committee. The Institutional Review Board (IRB) reviews projects involving human subject research and the Institutional Animal Care and Use Committee (IACUC) reviews the use of animals in research. These reviews are in accordance with Federal regulations, state laws and institutional policies. Submission of protocols to conduct human subject or animal research is coordinated by the Research Responsibility offices. Approval must be secured prior to the initiation of the research.
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The master’s degree under Option II requires a minor, but does not require a thesis. This option encourages a wider range of courses than is permissible under Option I. Students who have earned the master’s degree under Option II and later elect to pursue a doctoral degree must give evidence of ability to conduct independent research.
Under Option II, a student must earn 30 to 36 semester hours of credit in courses representing a major and either one or two minors. At least one-half of the credit hours required for the degree must be in the major. A minimum of 9 hours is required for each minor. The minor department determines the courses in their disciplinary field that comprise a minor. At the discretion of the minor department, up to one-third of the courses required for a minor may be transferred from other institutions. At least 12 hours for the degree must be earned in courses open exclusively to graduate students (900 or 800 level without 400 or lower counterparts).
The Master of Education degree requires at least 6 semester hours selected from education courses outside the major in lieu of a minor.
Option II is not open for the Master of Professional Accountancy degree.
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The master’s degree under Option III is designed for students who plan to continue scholarly work in a chosen field past the master’s level. No thesis or minor is required; instead, Option III requires 30 to 36 semester hours of credit with a focus on advanced courses in the student’s chosen field. At least one-half of the credit hours required for the degree must be in the major. At least 18 hours must be earned in courses open exclusively to graduate students (900 or 800 level without 400 or lower counterparts).
Option III is not open for the Master of Education degree.
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The Master of Community and Regional Planning (MCRP) is professional career-oriented degree open to students with a wide range of backgrounds and undergraduate degrees.
Students from diverse educational and professional backgrounds are encouraged to apply for admission to the MCRP program; no prior course work in planning is required. Students in the MCRP program have earned undergraduate degrees in such majors as geography, sociology, political science, economics, environmental studies, natural resources, architecture, landscape architecture, interior design, psychology, business, history, English, among others.
The MCRP degree at UNL prepares students for a variety of professional planning positions in the public, private, and nonprofit sectors. Planners work with communities to articulate desired goals and develop workable strategies to achieve a better future. Typical jobs in the field involve protecting and enhancing the physical and natural environments, promoting economic growth, ensuring the provision of essential services to communities, and promoting and implementing sustainable development.
The MCRP program, accredited by the national Planning Accreditation Board, requires completion of 48 graduate credit hours, which include 24 credit hours of core courses and 24 credit hours in a completion track that may include a related certificate or specialization. The program offers several courses in the evening hours, which facilitates completion of the degree on a part-time basis.
MCRP students may choose to pursue one of three dual degree programs and/or three specializations.
For more information, visit https://architecture.unl.edu/degree-programs/community-and-regional-planning.
- Advocacy Planning
- City Planning
- Community Development
- Community Organizing/Activism
- Community Planning
- Criminal Justice
- Economic Development
- Elementary, Secondary, and Collegiate Education
- Environmental Planning
- Geographic Information Systems
- Historic Preservation
- Human Services
- Labor Force Development
- Land Use Law
- Land Use Planning and Growth Management
- Mediation and Conflict Resolution
- Public and Community Health
- Public Finance
- Public Policy and Management
- Real Estate and Land Development
- Regional Planning
- Transportation Planning
- Urban Design
- Urban Planning
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This interdepartmental area of specialization at UNL is especially relevant for students interested in environmental planning. While the specific details of the specialization are currently being revised, please consult with the Community and Regional Planning contact persons for further information.
Great Plains Studies
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This interdepartmental area of specialization is especially relevant for students interested in learning more about the unique characteristics of the Great Plains in the context of community and regional planning. Requirements for the specialization, which is coordinated by the Center for Great Plains Studies—an interdisciplinary, intercollegiate, regional research and teaching center for all campuses of the University of Nebraska—are detailed at https://www.unl.edu/plains/academics/graduate.shtml.
Water Resources Planning and Management
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This interdepartmental area of specialization at UNL is especially relevant for students interested in environmental planning, with a focus on issues related to water resources. While the specific details of the specialization are currently being revised, please consult with the Community and Regional Planning contact persons for further information.
Graduate Admission Requirements
- Application for Admission with $50 non-refundable application fee.
- One set of transcripts.
- If the student’s native language is not English, verification of English proficiency is required.
- If International: upload copies of all college- or university-level transcripts or mark sheets (records of courses and marks earned), with certiﬁcates, diplomas, and degrees plus certiﬁed English translations.
* Official documents are required from all students who are admitted and enroll. Photocopies of certiﬁed records are not acceptable. International students enrolled in other U.S. institutions may have certiﬁed copies of all foreign records sent directly to the Office of Graduate Studies by their current school’s registrar office.
- If applicant is not a US citizen and expects an F or J visa: financial information.
- Applicants must also fulfill any additional requirements the department specifies at the time of application.
Major Admission Requirements
- Personal Statement: This statement should describe your academic and professional goals (max. 500 words).
- Three letters of recommendation
- For priority consideration for admission: March 1 for fall semester; November 1 for spring semester.
- Otherwise: Rolling admission.
NOTE: When sending GRE or TOEFL scores, our institution code is 6877 and a department code is not needed
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