Advising Track (5+1) Information

Master of City & Regional Planning (MCRP)

for Cal Poly BARCH and BLA Students



Description and Admission Process

Cal Poly Architecture and Landscape Architecture students may pursue an accelerated route to a graduate professional degree through enrollment in MCRP courses during their fourth and fifth year of undergraduate study, plus an additional year of graduate study after completion of their undergraduate degree.

Admission into the Advising Track (5+1) MCRP

Prior to beginning the MCRP courses in their last two undergraduate years, students will request a pre-acceptance evaluation from the MCRP Graduate Program Coordinator. This screening process will alert prospective MCRP students to the need for at least a 3.0 GPA in their last 90 units of work. Students who do not have a 3.0 GPA will be required to take the Graduate Record Exam. As a pre-requisite to the program, students must have completed CRP 212 Introduction to Urban Planning with a “C” grade or better.

Students will begin the admissions process during their last year of undergraduate study and will be subject to the standard MCRP admission procedures and requirements. Students who complete the first year of the Advising Track (5+1) MCRP are not guaranteed admission to the MCRP program.

Course Requirements

The first 16 units of MCRP classes--to be finished during their 4th and 5th undergraduate years--will be credited towards their upper-division elective requirements. After completing the undergraduate degree, the student then may be formally admitted to the MCRP program.

The total number of units for the 5+1 MCRP degree is 61, of which at least 45 must be taken with graduate student status.

Planning Internship

A planning internship is required. Students are required to complete an internship. If a student completes an internship during the first degree that has a professional planning dimension (by approval of the MCRP coordinator), their MCRP internship will be waived.

Advising Track (5+1) MCRP Curriculum


First Year CRP Courses  - taken during the 4th or 5th undergraduate years (16 units)

Fall Quarter (8 units)

                          CRP 501 Foundations of Cities and Planning (4 units)

                          CRP 504 Sustainable Communities (4 units)

Winter Quarter (4 units)

                          CRP 516 Demographic and Analytic Tools (4 units)

Spring Quarter (4 units)

                          CRP 513 Planning Research and Analysis (4 units)


Second Year CRP Courses  - taken after completion of B.Arch. or B.L.A. (45 units)


Fall Quarter (12-14 units)


                         CRP 510 Planning Theory (4 units)

                         CRP 518 Policy Development (4 units)

                         CRP 552 Community and Regional Planning Studio (4 units)

                         CRP 596 Professional Project (2 units)

                                        or, CRP 599 Thesis (2 units)

Winter Quarter (16-18 units)

                          CRP 535 Land Use and Planning Law (4 units)

                          CRP 448 Principles of Urban Design (4 units)

                                        or, CRP 545 Principles of Environmental Planning (4 units)

                          CRP 554 Community & Regional Planning Studio II (4 units)

                          CRP 596 Professional Project (2 units)

                                         or, CRP 599 Thesis (2 units)

                          Elective (4 units)

Spring Quarter (14-16 units)

                         CRP 525 Plan Implementation (4 units)                       

                         CRP 530 Planning Agency Management (4 units)

                         CRP 596 Professional Project (2 units)

                                          or, CRP 599 Thesis (2 units)

                                          or, CRP 556 Community and Regional Planning Studio III (4 units)

                        Elective (4 units)


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