Graduate Degree Program Summary
Graduate programs offered
Online and Distance OpportunitiesSome online coursework may be available for your program; contact dept. for details.
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 so you can complete these requirements via MyRED.
- Entrance exam(s): GRE not required
- Minimum English proficiency: Paper TOEFL 550, Internet TOEFL 79, IELTS 6.5
- Three recommendation letters
- Personal Statement
When sending GRE or TOEFL scores, our institution code is 6877 and a department code is not needed.
Application Deadlines for Community and Regional Planning
- For priority consideration for admission: February 1 for Fall. November 1 for Spring.
- Otherwise: Rolling admission.
Application/admission is for entry in a specific term and year. Our academic year is divided into 3 terms: Fall (August-December), Spring (January-May), and Summer (multiple sessions May-August). Some programs accept new students only in certain terms and/or years.
The Master of Community and Regional Planning (MCRP) program is accredited by the Planning Accreditation Board and 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.
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. Specializations are optional. Students may pursue an interdepartmental area of specialization: Environmental Studies , Great Plains Studies , or Water Resources Planning and Management .
MCRP students may choose to pursue one of three dual degree programs.
- The Master of Community and Regional Planning / Master of Architecture dual degree program is offered in collaboration with the UNL Architecture Program. This program enables completion of both the MCRP degree and the Master of Architecture degree within a duration of three years of full time study. This program is intended for persons who hold the Bachelor of Science in Architectural Studies (BSAS) degree or equivalent undergraduate degree.
- The Master of Community and Regional Planning / Juris Doctor dual degree program is offered in collaboration with the College of Law at UNL. This program enables completion of both the MCRP degree and the Juris Doctor degree within a four-year duration of full time study.
- The Master of Community and Regional Planning / Master of Science in Civil Engineering dual degree program is offered in collaboration with the UNL Department of Civil Engineering. This program enables completion of both the MCRP degree and MS in Civil Engineering (transportation specialization) in two and one-half years of full-time study. This program is intended for persons who hold a BS in Civil Engineering or equivalent degree.
The MCRP program requires completion of 48 graduate credit hours, 24 of which are required core courses and 18 to 24 (depending on track chosen by student) are 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.
A varying number of research assistantships and off-campus internships are available for MCRP students.
Courses and More
Faculty and research
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Economic Development and Planning; GIS; Minority Health Issues; Small Town Quality of Life Issues; Immigration
Public Policy; Urban Modeling; Urban Spatial Structure; GIS and Analytic Methods; Land Use and Transportation Interaction
Transportation Planning; Urban Design; Sustainability; Social Equity; Environmental Justice in Transportation; Travel Behavior; Mixed Methods Research
Land Use Planning; Historic Preservation; Urban Planning and Design
Environmental Planning and Policy; Local Land Use Planning in Environmental Management; Climate Change Mitigation and Adaptations; GIS Applications in Planning