Community and Regional Planning, MCRP
The master’s degree under Option A requires a thesis. Option A is most appropriate for students who are preparing for careers in research and scholarly work or additional academic pursuits beyond the master’s degree. Under this option, a student must earn a minimum of 30 credit hours, consisting of 20 to 24 credit hours of regular course work, plus a thesis equivalent to 6 to 10 credit hours. At least one-half of the credit hours required for the degree, including thesis, must be in the major (at least 18 credit hours for the Master of Education degree). The remaining work may be in supporting courses and may comprise a minor consisting of at least 9 credit hours selected from and approved by the minor department. At least 8 credit hours, excluding thesis, must be earned in courses open exclusively to graduate students (900 level or 800 level without 400 or lower counterparts).
Option A is not available for the Master of Professional Accountancy degree.
Thesis Requirements. The subject of the thesis shall be chosen from the student’s field of major interest and must be approved by the departmental Graduate Committee. The thesis should reveal a capacity to carry on independent study or research and should demonstrate the student’s ability to use the techniques employed in their field of investigation. Research activities involving human subjects or live vertebrate animals may not be conducted at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln unless the research activities have been reviewed and approved by the appropriate board or committee. The Institutional Review Board (IRB) reviews projects involving human subject research and the Institutional Animal Care and Use Committee (IACUC) reviews the use of animals in research. These reviews are in accordance with Federal regulations, state laws and institutional policies. Submission of protocols to conduct human subject or animal research is coordinated by the Research Responsibility offices. Approval must be secured prior to the initiation of the research.
The thesis must conform to the required style and format described in Steps to Degree Completion. A copy of the thesis and abstract must be approved by the student’s major advisor and submitted for preliminary review to the Master’s Programs Coordinator in the Office of Graduate Studies at least two weeks (one week in the summer sessions) before the date of the candidate’s final oral examination. A candidate is not eligible for the oral examination until the thesis is completed and approved. After passing the final oral examination, the thesis must be electronically submitted to the Master’s Programs Coordinator for a final review prior to being uploaded to Digital Commons.
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The master’s degree under Option B does not require a thesis. Option B is most appropriate for students pursuing practice-based or professional careers in which the master’s degree provides suitable training. Under Option B, a student must earn a minimum of 30 credit hours. At least one-half of the credit hours required for the degree must be in the major. The remaining work may be in supporting courses and may comprise a minor consisting of at least 9 credit hours selected from and approved by the minor department. At least 15 credit hours must be earned in courses open exclusively to graduate students (900 level or 800 level without 400 or lower counterparts).
The Master of Professional Accountancy plan of study may not include a minor.
The Master of Education plan of study may not include a minor, but must include at least 6 credit hours of education courses outside the major.
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Accelerated Master's Programs allow University of Nebraska–Lincoln undergraduate students to pursue this degree in an abreviated timline.
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Dual Degree programs allow students to be admitted to two degree programs simultaneously with approval of each Graduate Program Committee and the Dean(s) for Graduate Studies.
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The Master of Community and Regional Planning (MCRP) is professional career-oriented degree open to students with a wide range of backgrounds and undergraduate degrees.
Students from diverse educational and professional backgrounds are encouraged to apply for admission to the MCRP program; no prior course work in planning is required. Students in the MCRP program have earned undergraduate degrees in such majors as geography, sociology, political science, economics, environmental studies, natural resources, architecture, landscape architecture, interior design, psychology, business, history, English, among others.
The MCRP degree at UNL prepares students for a variety of professional planning positions in the public, private, and nonprofit sectors. Planners work with communities to articulate desired goals and develop workable strategies to achieve a better future. Typical jobs in the field involve protecting and enhancing the physical and natural environments, promoting economic growth, ensuring the provision of essential services to communities, and promoting and implementing sustainable development.
The MCRP program, accredited by the national Planning Accreditation Board, requires completion of 48 graduate credit hours, which include 24 credit hours of core courses and 24 credit hours in a completion track that may include a related certificate or specialization. The program offers several courses in the evening hours, which facilitates completion of the degree on a part-time basis.
MCRP students may choose to pursue one of three dual degree programs and/or three specializations.
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- Advocacy Planning
- City Planning
- Community Development
- Community Organizing/Activism
- Community Planning
- Criminal Justice
- Economic Development
- Elementary, Secondary, and Collegiate Education
- Environmental Planning
- Geographic Information Systems
- Historic Preservation
- Human Services
- Labor Force Development
- Land Use Law
- Land Use Planning and Growth Management
- Mediation and Conflict Resolution
- Public and Community Health
- Public Finance
- Public Policy and Management
- Real Estate and Land Development
- Regional Planning
- Transportation Planning
- Urban Design
- Urban Planning
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This interdepartmental area of specialization at UNL is especially relevant for students interested in environmental planning. While the specific details of the specialization are currently being revised, please consult with the Community and Regional Planning contact persons for further information.
Great Plains Studies
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This interdepartmental area of specialization is especially relevant for students interested in learning more about the unique characteristics of the Great Plains in the context of community and regional planning. Requirements for the specialization, which is coordinated by the Center for Great Plains Studies—an interdisciplinary, intercollegiate, regional research and teaching center for all campuses of the University of Nebraska—are detailed at https://www.unl.edu/plains/academics/graduate.shtml.
Water Resources Planning and Management
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This interdepartmental area of specialization at UNL is especially relevant for students interested in environmental planning, with a focus on issues related to water resources. While the specific details of the specialization are currently being revised, please consult with the Community and Regional Planning contact persons for further information.
Graduate Admission Requirements
- Application for Admission with $50 non-refundable application fee.
- One set of transcripts.
- If International: upload copies of all college- or university-level transcripts or mark sheets (records of courses and marks earned), with certiﬁcates, diplomas, and degrees plus certiﬁed English translations.
* Official documents are required from all students who are admitted and enroll. Photocopies of certiﬁed records are not acceptable. International students enrolled in other U.S. institutions may have certiﬁed copies of all foreign records sent directly to the Office of Graduate Studies by their current school’s registrar office.
- If the student’s native language is not English, verification of English proficiency is required.
* When sending TOEFL scores, our institution code is 6877 and a department code is not needed
- If applicant is not a US citizen and expects an F or J visa: financial information.
- Applicants must also fulfill any additional requirements the department specifies at the time of application.
Major Admission Requirements
- Personal Statement: This statement should describe your academic and professional goals (max. 500 words).
- Three letters of recommendation
- For priority consideration for admission: February 1 for fall semester; November 1 for spring semester.
- Otherwise: Rolling admission.
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