City and Regional Planning

2014-15 Tuition

M.A. and M.R.P.: $29,530; Ph.D.: $30,785

Application deadlines

Fall, Jan. 10; no spring admission

Requirements summary

  • all Graduate School Requirements, including the TOEFL Exam for Non-Native English Applicants
  • two recommendations
  • GRE general test
  • TOEFL minimum score of 600 paper-based or 250 computer-based

Degrees

  • M.A.
  • M.R.P.
  • Ph.D.

Subjects

  • City and Regional Planning (Ph.D., M.R.P.)
  • Historic Preservation Planning (M.A.)

Major concentrations

  • city and regional planning
  • economic development planning: communities and regions
  • historic preservation planning
  • international studies in planning
  • land use and environmental planning

City and regional planning (M.R.P., Ph.D.). Students learn to design, evaluate, and implement policies and programs that affect the social, economic, and physical development of urban and regional areas, including those in the Developing World.

The educational program fosters theoretical and conceptual knowledge relevant to urban and regional studies, and the acquisition of professional skills, including those in critical thinking, oral presentation, writing, statistical analysis and Geographical Information Systems.

The M.R.P. program normally requires four residence units, sixty credits, a set of core courses, and the completion of a satisfactory thesis, professional report, or research paper. At the discretion of the faculty, up to one residence unit and 15 credits may be granted, by petition after matriculation, for graduate work done elsewhere, including Cornell-supervised professional field experience. Doctoral degree candidates often begin in Cornell's Master of Regional Planning program; applications are also welcomed from outside the university.

Historic preservation planning (M.A.).
This program prepares students for work in the history and preservation of buildings in a variety of urban and rural contexts. Two years of course work normally are needed. Students are required to complete sixty credits, including a six-credit thesis. A basic core of three preservation courses and two semesters of course work in American architectural history is also required; if not satisfied by prior undergraduate work, it should be completed in the first year at Cornell. Students are strongly encouraged to seek summer employment in the field.

Application:
Applicants to all programs are required to submit recent GRE general test scores. A minimum TOEFL score of 600 (paper-based) or 250 (computer-based) is required.

Applicants to the Ph.D. program who do not hold an M.R.P. degree from a recognized program are required to first enroll in Cornell's M.R.P. program and to complete course work at least equivalent to that required for the first-year M.R.P. program. Applicants who hold a master's degree in a related field and who have had acceptable experience in planning practice will sometimes be considered for direct admission. Competence in basic analytical and research methods is required; this requirement may be fulfilled after entering the program.

Sherene Baugher -- Concentrations: city and regional planning; historic preservation planning; Research interests: American Indians and environmental planning; urban planning history; historic preservation planning; urban archaeology
Victoria Beard -- Concentrations: city and regional planning; economic development planning: communities and regions; international studies in planning; Research interests: International development planning, comparative urbanization, community development, poverty alleviation, community-level collective action, social movements, migration and transnational processes, Southeast Asian Studies.
Richard Booth -- Concentrations: city and regional planning; historic preservation planning; land use and environmental planning; Research interests: land-use law; environmental planning; environmental politics; environmental law; critical-area preservation; administrative law
Nancy Brooks -- Concentrations: city and regional planning; economic development planning: communities and regions; land use and environmental planning; Research interests: urban and environmental economics
Thomas J. Campanella -- Concentrations: city and regional planning; land use and environmental planning; Research interests: History of American Urbanism and City Planning, Cultural Landscape Studies, Contemporary Urbanism in China, History and Theory of Urban Design
Susan Christopherson -- Concentrations: city and regional planning; economic development planning: communities and regions; international studies in planning; Research interests: industry location and regional development; labor and economic development; the creative economy; European studies
Jeffrey Chusid -- Concentrations: city and regional planning; historic preservation planning; international studies in planning; land use and environmental planning; Research interests: historic preservation planning; land use; environmental planning; international studies in planning
Kieran Donaghy -- Concentrations: city and regional planning; economic development planning: communities and regions; land use and environmental planning; Research interests: applied econometrics; dynamic modeling; planning theory; applied ethics; urban and regional economics
John Forester -- Concentrations: city and regional planning; land use and environmental planning; Research interests: planning practice and politics; ethics; critical social theory; negotiation and public dispute resolution
David Funk -- Concentrations: historic preservation planning; land use and environmental planning; Research interests: use of real estate gifts of fundraising; real estate transaction; property management; university administration; international education and programs
Richard Kiely -- Concentrations: economic development planning: communities and regions; international studies in planning; Research interests: community development; participatory planning and research; qualitative research; domestic and global service learning; community-university partnerships
Neema Kudva -- Concentrations: city and regional planning; economic development planning: communities and regions; international studies in planning; Research interests: land use and environmental planning; economic development planning; international studies in planning
Yael Levitte -- Concentrations: city and regional planning; economic development planning: communities and regions; land use and environmental planning; Research interests: local and regional economic development policy, sustainable development (transportation emphasis)
Yuri Mansury -- Concentrations: city and regional planning; economic development planning: communities and regions; international studies in planning; Research interests: regional impact analysis; urban economics; quantitative methods for planning and policy analysis
Michael Manville -- Concentrations: city and regional planning; economic development planning: communities and regions; international studies in planning; land use and environmental planning; Research interests: transportation policy; local public finance; congestion pricing; collective action
Paul Mazzarella (Divisional) -- Concentrations: city and regional planning; land use and environmental planning; Research interests: affordable housing; residential real estate development; community land trusts
Jennifer Minner -- Concentrations: city and regional planning; economic development planning: communities and regions; land use and environmental planning; Research interests: Land Use Planning, Participatory and Analytical Geographic Information Systems, Conservation and Sustainability Adaption of the Built Environment, Historic Preservation
Stephan Schmidt -- Concentrations: city and regional planning; international studies in planning; land use and environmental planning; Research interests: land use and environmental planning; city and regional planning; international studies in planning
Michael Tomlan -- Concentrations: city and regional planning; historic preservation planning; international studies in planning; land use and environmental planning; Research interests: building conservation technology; survey and documentation methods for preservation; preservation economics and finance; urban history
Thomas Vietorisz -- Concentrations: economic development planning: communities and regions; international studies in planning; Research interests: international regional planning; regional economics; base, social, cultural, and environmental aspects of sustainable global development
Mildred Warner -- Concentrations: city and regional planning; economic development planning: communities and regions; international studies in planning; Research interests: community development; economic development; state and local government policy

Graduate School Professors (emeritus)

Lourdes Beneria -- Concentrations: city and regional planning; economic development planning: communities and regions; Research interests: labor markets; gender and work; regional and international development; global restructuring
Pierre Clavel -- Concentrations: city and regional planning; economic development planning: communities and regions; land use and environmental planning; Research interests: city administration; politics; local economic development
Matthew Drennan -- Concentrations: city and regional planning; Research interests: urban economics; urban public finance; quantitative methods
William Goldsmith -- Concentrations: city and regional planning; economic development planning: communities and regions; international studies in planning; Research interests: urban studies; Latin American studies; urban poverty; urbanization and environment; international planning; political economy
David Lewis -- Concentrations: city and regional planning; economic development planning: communities and regions; international studies in planning; Research interests: planning analysis; rural development; regional planning and administrative decentralization in developing countries
Porus Olpadwala -- Concentrations: city and regional planning; economic development planning: communities and regions; international studies in planning; land use and environmental planning; Research interests: political economy; technology development and transfer; international planning; environment and development
Sidney Saltzman -- Concentrations: city and regional planning; Research interests: city and regional planning

Graduate Field of City and Regional Planning

City and regional planning is an interdisciplinary field of study focused on understanding and creating the places where people live and work across the world.  While many of our MRP graduates work in federal, state and local government agencies in the US and other countries, some choose to work for policy institutes, international organizations, advocacy groups, and NGOs in a variety of settings. A small number choose to pursue doctoral degrees in planning or allied fields such as public policy, environmental studies and geography. Our students thus have differing career goals, which is reflected in the construction of our assessment metrics. Our assessment metrics also incorporate the standards and criteria for planning curriculum established by the Planning Accreditation Board (PAB).

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