Master of City & Regional Planning Program


MCRP Mission Statement

The MCRP Program cultivates talent, leadership, innovation and action-oriented research in the place making education of civic minded and diverse students. We provide an applied, comprehensive, professional planning education with, community, regional, and global awareness. We prepare planners to develop communities and regions that are socially, ecologically and economically sustainable.

General Characteristics

The Master of City & Regional Planning degree (MCRP) is an applied, comprehensive, and professionally-based program. It is open to students with high standards of academic achievement who wish to pursue careers in city and regional planning. It is structured to prepare graduates to function in a general context of city planning. The core courses cover planning theory, methods, law, and formulation and implementation of plans and policies.

In addition, skill building in all aspects of planning communications (visual, verbal, written) is stressed. The City & Regional Planning Department jointly offers the MCRP degree with the Master of Science in Engineering with a specialization in transportation planning.

The MCRP program is structured to meet the needs of those who have earned baccalaureate degrees in a variety of disciplines including, but not limited to, environmental studies, economics, business, geography, architecture, landscape architecture, civil engineering, political science, environmental or urban studies, natural resources management, and ecology. The program is six quarters (two years) in duration and consists of 72 approved units (not including courses necessary to compensate for deficiencies). Because of the sequencing of courses, students admitted to the program are generally expected to begin their studies in the fall quarter. Students with prerequisite coursework deficiencies and those with backgrounds allowing waivers of first-year core courses may be admitted in other quarters. The degree culminates in a thesis (CRP 599), professional project (CRP 596), or a community planning studio (CRP 556).

Students have an opportunity to develop a close working relationship with the planning faculty. Self-directed study, tailored to the student's interests and needs, is also encouraged.

Please contact our Graduate Coordinator with any questions:

Requirements: Students entering the MCRP program are required to have a basic working knowledge of word processing, spreadsheets and presentation software.

Applicants for admission to the Master of City and Regional Planning program are expected to:

  1. Have earned a bachelor's degree from an accredited university or college.
  2. Demonstrated academic excellence by earning at least a 3.0 (out of 4.0) grade point average in the last 90 quarter (60 semester) units of undergraduate work.
  3. Show evidence of motivation, maturity, work ethic, academic excellence, and intellectual ability through references (3 letters required), work experience, and other life experiences.
  4. Submit a representative 5-10 page example of a self-authored paper or project to demonstrate writing ability.
  5. Demonstrate understanding of, and areas of interest in, city and regional planning from the perspective of their career and educational objectives, through the statement of purpose.
  6. CV/Resume
  7. We do not require GRE exam scores to apply to the MCRP program.

Applicants lacking prerequisites or other background requirements for classified standing requirements may be admitted on a conditionally classified basis, depending on the results of an individual analysis of their applications.

Winter 2021:  Please click here to visit the Graduate Education website to view the application opening and closing dates.

Fall 2021:  Please click here to visit the Graduate Education website to view the application opening and closing dates. Initial review of applications and all additional required documents will begin the first part of January, after the holiday break. The admissions committee will consider applications submitted after that date on a rolling basis. All applications due no later than February 1, 2021.  These dates apply to both Domestic and International applicants.



To apply to our MCRP Program go to 

Other helpful links for more information:

MCRP Program Video

CAED Program Video (College of Architecture and Environmental Design)

Graduate Admissions

Cal Poly Graduate Education Office

Application Deadlines

Financial Aid Information

Frequently Asked Question About Applying to the MCRP Program (.pdf)


  Catalog and Courses


  Other Resources



For additional information and clarification, see Janet in the CRP office (05-313) for administrative issues and Prof. Kelly Main (21-116B), the MCRP Program Coordinator, for advising and program issues.


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