City and Regional Planning M.R.P. (Ithaca)
Field of Study
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.
Contact InformationWebsite: https://aap.cornell.edu/admissions/graduate/city-and-regional-planning
Phone: 607 255-4376
235 Sibley Dome
Ithaca, NY 14853
Concentrations by Subject
- city and regional planning
- economic development planning: communities and regions
- international studies in planning
- land use and environmental planning
Application Requirements and Deadlines
Fall, Jan. 10; no spring admission
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.
- all Graduate School Requirements, including the TOEFL Exam or IELTS Academic Exam for non-native English applicants
- two recommendations
- GRE general test
- TOEFL or IELTS English proficiency test
Makes judicious use of evidence to present a balanced argument
Presents multiple perspectives of an argument
Understands knowledge as produced in context
Proposes solutions to problems on the basis of reasoned argument
Obtains technical knowledge
Acquires knowledge of profession
Is aware of emerging trends in field
Is capable of working in groups and with other people
Professional Ethics and Responsibility
Recognizes and respects obligations to diverse stakeholders
Understands how to navigate politics in organizations in different institutional settings and contexts.
Is cognizant of professional ethical standards, such as the APA or AICP Code of Ethics
Sustainability and Environmental Quality
Critically assesses the impact development has on environmental quality, such as air, water, and public health
Engages issues related to agriculture, food, health
Recognizes the diversity of stakeholders in the planning process
Understands forms of inequality and the ways in which they are generated
Growth and Development
Obtains an understanding of microeconomics, theories of political economy, and the economics of urban growth and development Survey responses (DGS-s)
Understands the economic principles underlying the distribution of resources within a society
Understands institutions and landscapes of governance
Governance and Participation
Understands the conditions that enable community participation
Purpose and Meaning of Planning
Knows competing arguments for and against planning
Understands justifications for planning
Distinguishes between competing normative goals of planning
Is familiar with competing theories with regard to planning
Understands the underlying legal framework (case law, precedents, legislative process) of issues in planning
Demonstrates ability to read, understand, and interpret legal material
Is familiar with significant precedents in planning and urban development (successes and failures)
Human Settlements and History of Planning
Recognizes different planning practices
Is aware of the historical development of cities
Recognizes the implications of new trends and ideas, both theoretical and applied, within the planning profession
Recognizes the changing conditions of the planning profession and the emergence of new practical challenges in the field.
- Makes use of research evidence in arguments
Quantitative and Qualitative Methods
- Understands and is capable of employing quantitative and qualitative methods for conducting research
- Is able to present an argument orally, in writing, and visually.
- Is capable of producing a range of written documents (memos, reports etc.)
Written, Oral and Graphic Communication
- Is capable of employing visual means in presenting an argument or idea.
Plan Creation and Implementation
- Understands plans and plan components in a range of contexts and at different scales.
- Appreciates the diversity of plan types
- Is capable of creating plans.
- Works with others as a team
Planning Process Methods
- Is able to negotiate terms of a contract, deal, or between disputing parties
- making between parties in dispute or contention.
- Is capable of working with others in a team
- Is able to manage/organize groups of people in pursuit of a goal