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community and regional planning.

The Department of Community and Regional Planning offers graduate courses at the University of Nebraska at Omaha to serve the area's professional planners, governmental officials, interested citizens and students in related programs. A student can complete a specialization in planning on the University of Nebraska at Omaha campus via distance education courses. Three planning courses are offered each year via TV. Students also could choose to apply these courses toward the Master of Community and Regional Planning degree at UNL.

The Master of Community and Regional Planning (MCRP) degree program provides preparation for professional planning practice in the public, private and nonprofit sectors. Planning is an interdisciplinary problem-solving profession that influences a broad range of future-oriented decision making. Planners utilize a wide variety of methods and techniques to identify problems and needs and to formulate plans of action that effectively address those needs. Planners often need to accommodate differing viewpoints in the process of formulating desirable and compatible plan and policy recommendations.

The MCRP degree program emphasizes the understanding of the importance and interrelationships among human resources, natural resources, socio-cultural characteristics, economic activity, political and institutional roles and characteristics of the natural and built environment. The program provides students with a sound foundation in planning theory, methods, process and application - a background which enables graduates to formulate, initiate and coordinate a broad range of planning development actions.

The MCRP degree program requires completion of 48 graduate credit hours, encompassing three components:

  • 24 credit hours of required core courses;
  • 9 credit hours in an area of concentration; and
  • 15 credit hours in a completion track.
Five areas of concentration are available to MCRP degree students:
  1. social planning
  2. physical planning: the built environment
  3. environmental planning
  4. economic development planning
  5. transportation planning

Other individualized areas of concentration may be pursued with approval from the Department Graduate Committee.

The three completion tracks available for the MCRP degree program include:

(1) master's thesis and elective courses
(2) professional project and elective courses
(3) comprehensive written examination and elective courses

The Master of Community and Regional Planning degree program is accredited by the Planning Accreditation Board.

For more information regarding the Master of Community and Regional Planning program, please refer to the UNL Graduate Studies Bulletin and contact the Department of Community and Regional Planning, 302 Architecture Hall, University of Nebraska-Lincoln, Lincoln, NE 68588-0105, telephone (402) 472-9280.