Master of Community and Regional Planning Program

Required Courses | Field of Interest | Sample Curriculum Outline

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  • Questions: Contact Bob Choquette (choquett@uoregon.edu) with questions about admissions procedures and Associate Professor Rebecca Lewis (rlewis9@uoregon.edu), program director, with questions about the MCRP curriculum.
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The MCRP degree program is accredited by the Planning Accreditation Board.
Learn more: Public Information on Program Performance


Degree Overview

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The Master of Community and Regional Planning (CRP) program trains policy-oriented planners for leadership positions in the public, nonprofit and private sectors. Our program is applied, collaborative, and interdisciplinary.

The CRP program is a professionally accredited master's program that has awarded degrees in planning since 1968. The progressive planning and policy environment in the State of Oregon combined with the award-winning applied programs of the CRP program offers students an innovative learning environment. Our two-year degree program enrolls approximately 25–30 students each year and our graduates are consistently successful in finding jobs.


Unique Aspects of the Program

Here are some of the many reasons students choose to study planning at the University of Oregon.

  • Applied Learning Opportunities: We offer one of the most applied planning programs in the United States. You will go beyond the classroom to do real work in real communities with real clients:
    • Community Planning Workshop (CPW) consistently cited by students as a highlight, CPW goes beyond typical applied instruction. You will work on a range of projects for paying clients that are supervised by experienced CPW planning professionals. By the end of your first year you will be presenting to boards, elected officials, community organizations or running workshops.
    • Sustainable Cities Initiative (SCI) connects courses from across the university with a client city or organization. Students get to work on real projects offered by professionals in these organizations and present their findings.
  • Collaborative: The PPPM students are leaders and active participants in the governance of PPPM. Starting with the fall retreat, you can help build a community of colleagues through social events, field trips, and other activities. Our Equity Initiative focuses on creating a more inclusive environment for all students and helps support students for careers in diverse communities.
     
  • Public Good: The CRP program emphasizes the role of planners to consider outcomes for current and future generations of the public, whether you work in the public, private, or nonprofit sectors. This includes careful consideration of the needs of underrepresented and marginalized populations.
     
  • Interdisciplinary: The CRP program offers flexibility, allowing you to choose electives that suit your background and career goals. You can also obtain concurrent degrees or certificates with several departments. Options include:
  • Historic preservation
  • Landscape architecture Architecture
  • Environmental studies
  • International studies
  • Economics
  • Geography
  • Sociology
  • Political science
  • Law

Research Opportunities:

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The Institute for Policy Research and Engagement (IPRE) conducts applied research that assists Oregon communities through planning and technical assistance. Programs include:

Institute for a Sustainable Environment (ISE) engages you in interdisciplinary, policy-relevant research focusing on balanced economic development and environmental sustainability.

Sustainable Cities Institute applied think-tank engaged in research, teaching, and community partnerships related to sustainability in cities.


Planetizen Top 25

 

Our Master of Community and Regional Planning degree program ranks in the top 25 of graduate urban planning programs worldwide. We train policy-oriented planners to become change agents who'll engage communities and translate innovative ideas into practice to make a real difference. Our commitment to building strong communities, equity and inclusion, flexible curriculum, and extensive career support sets us apart.


Required Courses (72 Credits)

Core Courses (35 credits)

  • PPPM 611 Introduction to Planning Practice (4 credits)
  • PPPM 612 Legal Issues in Planning (4 credits)
  • PPPM 613 Planning Analysis I (5 credits)*
  • PPPM 616 Planning Theory and Ethics (4 credits)
  • PPPM 617 Human Settlements (4 credits)
  • PPPM 620 Research Skills (2 credits)
  • GIS (choose one)
    • PPPM 534 Urban GIS
    • PPPM 595 Advanced Urban GIS
  • Land Use (choose one)
    • PPPM 640 Land Use Policy
    • PPPM 646 Growth Management
  • Public Participation (choose one)
    • PPPM 510 Community Organizing
    • PPPM 552 Public Participation in Diverse Communities
    • PPPM 584 Collaboration

Experiential Learning (12 credits)

  • PPPM 623 Professional Development I (1 credit)
  • PPPM 625 & 626 Community Planning Workshop (2 terms required, 10 credits)
  • PPPM 663 Professional Development II (1 credit)

Field of Interest (25 credits)

As a planning student, you will select a set of courses in consultation with your advisor that concentrates your electives in a Field of Interest. PPPM is particularly strong in the following:

  • Community Development
  • Land Use and Built Environment
  • Environmental Planning
  • Public Involvement
  • Nonprofit Management
  • Public Policy
  • Sustainable Cities
  • Sustainable Transportation
  • Ecological Design
  • Arts and Cultural Leadership

See also: Graduate School Summary of Master's Degree Minimum Requirements


Careers in Planning

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You'll graduate with a broad-based planning education that provides a range of employment opportunities. Oregon graduates have pursued successful careers in a wide range of sectors:

Public sector jobs (local, state and federal):
  • Local government land use planner
  • Community development director
  • Social services staff
  • Impact assessment specialist
  • Environmental planner
  • Emergency services director

Private sector employers:

  • Planning consultant firms
  • Private developers
  • Utility companies

Nonprofit and research employers:

  • Sustainable business organizations
  • Economic development corporations
  • Advocacy groups
  • Political associations
  • State research bureaus

Internships and Career Support

Our Career Services Director (Julie Voelker-Morris) supports MCRP graduate students in seeking internships while in school and careers after graduation.

The PPPM Internship Program offers an array of career and professional development services including:

  • individual consultations
  • classroom instruction
  • résumé and cover letter reviews
  • mock interviews
  • announcements of internships


 

Sample Curriculum Outline

Fall Term, First Year

14 Credits

611 Intro to Planning Practice (Core)
4 Credits
613 Planning Analysis I (Core)
5 Credits
617 Human Settlements (Core)
4 Credits

623 Professional Development (Experiential Learning)

1 Credit
 

Winter Term, First Year

11–16 Credits

610 Research Skills

2 Credits

625 Community Planning Workshop (Experiential Learning)

5 Credits

663 Professional Development II

1 Credit

Option: GIS, Land Use, or Public Participation Requirement (Core)

4 Credits

Option: Elective (Field of Interest)

4 Credits
 

Spring Term, First Year

9–13 Credits

626 Community Planning Workshop (Experiential Learning)

5 Credits

Option: GIS, Land Use, or Public Participation Requirement (Core)

4 Credits

Option: Elective (Field of Interest)

4 Credits

Fall Term, Second Year

12 Credits

616 Planning Theory & Ethics (Core)
4 Credits

Option: Elective (Field of Interest)

4 Credits

Option: Elective (Field of Interest)

4 Credits
 

Winter Term, Second Year

12 Credits

612 Legal Issues in Planning (Core)
4 Credits

Option: GIS, Land Use, or Public Participation Requirement (Core)

4 Credits

Option: Elective (Field of Interest)

4 Credits
 

Spring Term, Second Year

8–12 Credits

Option: GIS, Land Use, or Public Participation Requirement (Core)

4 Credits

Option: Elective (Field of Interest)

4 Credits

Option: Elective (Field of Interest)

4 Credits