The MCRP is a 24-month professional master's degree in Planning. It is an innovative and flexible program that anticipates and responds to rapidly changing urban, regional, and global environments.
The MCRP curriculum begins with a strong core sequence of 18 credits that is tailored to the evolving demands of the profession. Students will additionally undertake a sequence of courses in an area of concentration customized for their interests and professional aspirations.
In their second year, students will be required to take a studio course that integrates theories and methods covered throughout the curriculum into a single team-based project with a real or simulated client or community group.
The program's Capstone requirement provides students with the opportunity to demonstrate their competency through developing a professional portfolio or professional research report. Cumulative program requirements provide students with real world experience and prepare them for entry into a wide variety of planning jobs.
The program also features an internship/work experience, and a mentoring program. Concentrations Students can choose from the Indigenous Community Planning (ICP) or Urban Design (UD) concentrations, or they can develop a customized concentration to suit their interests with guidance from their faculty advisor.
A few examples of current student concentrations include: public engagement and participatory planning; social and community planning; urban development planning; resiliency planning; transportation and urban design; transportation and sustainability; and urban infrastructure and environmental sustainability.
According to our most recent alumni survey (2012), 86% of SCARP masters graduates who sought employment were working in a professional planning or planning-related job within one year of graduation. Exit surveys of graduates from the last 3 years (Fall 2011 -Spring 2014) indicate that at the time of graduation, 41% of students had already accepted a planning-related job offer. Sixty per cent of currently employed respondents selected “public sector” as their place of employment. Sixteen percent chose “private sector”, 13% chose “self-employed”, and 7% selected “non-profit”. These figures reflect both the historic focus of employment in the planning profession in municipal and other public sector agencies, and emergent new trends for professional employment in the private and non-profit sectors. The MCRP degree program prepares graduates for professional practice by providing the kind of forward-looking education that graduates need to become the future leaders and innovators of the planning profession.
No. The students admitted to the MCRP program come from a variety of backgrounds. It’s not necessary to have a background in Planning or any particular field to be considered for the program.
2. Evidence of English Language Proficiency
3. Statement of Interest, Planning Areas, & Concentrations
5. Letters of Reference
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