City and Regional Planning, M.R.P./M.L.A. (dual degree) (Ithaca)

Program Description

The dual master's degree in regional planning (M.R.P.) and landscape architecture (M.L.A.) and is a professionally accredited degree intended for students with an interest in both planning and design issues.

Landscape architecture (LA) students interested in the social, political, and economic context in which design occurs, or planning students who want to establish a deeper concentration in physical design and planning than the existing planning curriculum can provide, are ideal candidates for the dual degree program. 

The dual degree prepares students for work in areas such as physical planning, environmental analysis, community development, and urban design — skills which are highly sought after in the public, private, and nonprofit sectors. For more information visit: MRP/MLA Dual Program

Contact Information

Phone: 607 255-4376

235 Sibley Dome
Cornell University
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


2017-2018: $34,444

Application Requirements and Deadlines

Application Deadlines:

Fall, Jan. 10; no spring admission

Requirements Summary:

Students apply for admission to the dual degree generally after already being accepted to either CRP or LA, but need to be admitted to both programs separately. Typically, a student will apply to the complementary program during their first year at Cornell.

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.




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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