Introduction

Core Curriculum

Planning Practicum

CRP Electives

Professional Report or Thesis

Introduction

The Master's Program in Community and Regional Planning (CRP) provides the theoretical foundations, specific skills and practical experience to succeed in professional planning and related policy careers. The program consists of 48 credit hours of coursework that includes preparation of a Masters Professional Report or Thesis.

Each student is expected to complete 3 core courses, 4 methods courses, a 6 hour planning practicum, and a professional report or thesis. An internship, while not required, is highly recommended for those choosing the professional report option. Students choosing to write a thesis must enroll in Thesis A, Thesis B and Research Design. Students writing a professional report enroll in Professional Report. A typical program of coursework is laid out below. The core courses are designed to be taken in sequence.

Most students choose to organize their elective hours according to their own interests. It is also possible to cluster them in one of the five specialization areas offered.

Core Curriculum

(effective September 1, 2011, as adopted by the CRP Graduate Studies Committee)

The core curriculum is designed to provide the foundation and skills for professional planning practice and an understanding of the institutions and social, economic, and physical environments that constitute the context of contemporary planning. The core curriculum provides a breadth of planning knowledge, including planning methods, history, theory, law, and finance.

 

Fall - Year 1 Hours Spring - Year 1 Hours

Core 1: CRP 380C Foundations of Planning: Theory and History

3

Core 3: CRP 386 Sustainable Land Use Planning

3

Core 2: CRP 381 – Planning Law

3

Method 1: CRP 386-2 Applied Planning Methods

3

Elective OR Prerequisite CRP 386-1 Quantitative Methods*

3

Method 2: CRP 386-6 Introduction to Viz-Com and GIS

3

Elective

3

Method 3: CRP 381 Participatory Planning **

3

Semester credit hours:

12

 

12

Fall - Year 2   Spring - Year 2  

Method 4: CRP 381 Public Economics and Finance

3

CRP 398R Professional Report, OR CRP 698B Thesis B

3

CRP 685D Planning Practicum/Studio***

6

Elective

3

Elective

3

Elective OR CRP 397- Internship, OR CRP698A (Thesis A) ****

3

Elective (PR students)

(3)

CRP 386 Research Design (thesis students)

(3)

 

 

Semester credit hours: PR students

Semester credit hours: Thesis students

12

(15)

 

(12)

Option 1 - No Specialization -  Requirements: Methods 1,2,3 and 4 all required (12 hours) + CRP Core Courses 1, 2 and 3 (9 hours) + Planning Studio (6 hours) + Electives (18 hours) + PR or Thesis B (3 hours ) = 48 Credit Hours. Thesis students are also required to take Thesis A (3 hours) and Research Design (3 hours), leaving them with 12 hours of electives.

Option 2 - With Specialization - Requirements: Methods 1 and 4 and choice of Method 2 or 3 (9 credits) + CRP Core Courses 1, 2 and 3 (9 hours) + Planning Studio (6 hours) + Electives (21 hours) + PR or Thesis B (3 hours) = 48 Credit Hours. Thesis students are also required to take Thesis A (3 hours) and Research Design (3 hours), leaving them with 15 hours of electives. 

Notes:

*          Mastery of the topics covered in CRP 386-1 Quantitative Methods is required for enrollment in Applied Planning Methods. Students may demonstrate mastery by taking an exam, usually given during CRP Professional Development Week. Those lacking a background in statistics or needing additional preparation should enroll in CRP 386-1 Quantitative Methods in the fall term of their first year.

**        To fulfill this methods requirement, students can take CRP 381: Participatory Planning or CRP 383: Dispute Resolution, which is typically taught in the summer term. Students can also take courses in multi-party negotiation or conflict resolution in other departments or programs with approval of the CRP Graduate Adviser.

***      The CRP program will offer one or more Practicum Courses in the summer term and in fall and spring terms of the second year. An Urban Design, Preservation Design or Landscape Architecture Studio could be taken in lieu of the CRP studio if coupled with a PR or Thesis on a related topic and approved by the CRP GSC. Students choosing to write a Thesis must take Thesis A and Research Design in the fall of their second year and may want to choose a spring Practicum.

****    Attendance in Thesis A and Research Design is required for those students selecting a thesis as their advanced study option.  Research Design is suggested, but not required if a Professional Report (PR) is selected as the advanced study project option.

Planning Practicum

The Planning Practicum is an intensive, applied research course, where students apply the skills they have learned to real world planning problems in partnership with a client. In some cases, a Practicum may be spread over two semesters (summer and fall, for example) in two three credit hour courses. Information about courses will be distributed before registration occurs in the spring (for summer options) and summer (for fall and spring options). In some cases, a Studio course in urban design, historic preservation or another field may satisfy this requirement, if coupled with a professional report related to the Studio. Such cases must be approved by the CRP Graduate Adviser.  

CRP Electives

Electives are normally selected with approval of the Graduate Adviser and students can organize their electives in one of two ways.

First, elective courses can be selected to form a concentration involving 4 or more courses in a designated CRP specialization area (see below). Students who successfully complete four courses in a specialization area and complete a Professional Report or Masters Thesis on a subject related to the specialization receive a Certificate of Specialization upon graduation.

Second, elective courses can be taken in a number of specialization areas reflecting the student's particular interests. Students who choose not to specialize in a specific area receive a MSCRP degree upon graduation but no Certificate of Specialization.

Electives may also be taken in other graduate programs across the University with approval of the Graduate Adviser. The following is a list of recent elective course offerings, though not all courses are offered every year. Elective courses can follow a traditional lecture and discussion format, or may be conducted as research seminars, independent studies, studios, or workshops. Please note that many courses share the same number; students are encouraged to focus on the course title and current course description. 

For a complete list of current electives, see CRP Courses.

  • Affordable Housing (CRP 388)
  • Alternative Dispute Resolution (CRP 383)
  • Applied GIS (CRP 386)
  • Applied Techniques in Environmental Analysis (CRP 383)
  • Brownfield Seminar (CRP 383)
  • Community Development (CRP 385C)
  • Deep Democracy (CRP 388)
  • Designing Digital Communities (CRP 390)
  • Environmental Impact (CRP 383)
  • Environmental Readings (CRP 383)
  • Growth Management (CRP 390)
  • Historic Preservation Practice (CRP 389C)
  • History of Landscape Architecture (CRP 388)
  • Housing Demand and Production (CRP 388)
  • Housing in Latin America (CRP 388)
  • Independent Research in Community and Regional Planning (CRP 396)
  • International Sustainable Social Development (CRP 381)
  • International Transportation Issues (CRP 384)
  • Land Development (CRP 389C)
  • Metropolitan Transportation Studies with TransCAD GIS (CRP384)
  • Natural Resource and Environmental Planning (CRP 388K)
  • Neighborhood Transportation Planning (CRP 384)
  • PhD Colloquium (CRP 391D)
  • Planning and Visual Communication (CRP 386 - Design for Planners II)
  • Preservation and Economic Development (CRP 389C)
  • Preservation Law (CRP 381-2)
  • Principles of Physical Planning (CRP 369K)
  • Public/Private Land Development Process (CRP 389C)
  • Qualitative Research Methods (CRP 386)
  • Regional Planning (CRP 386)
  • Research Design (CRP 391D)
  • Sustainable Urban Economic Development Planning (CRP 383)
  • The Built Environment and Public Health (CRP383, SW387R)
  • Topics in Sustainable Development (CRP 383)
  • Transit-Oriented Development (CRP 381)
  • Transportation, Environment and Health (CRP 384)
  • Urban Environmental Analysis (CRP 383)
  • Urban Land Institute Workshop (LAR 388R)
  • Urban Politics Seminar (CRP 388)
  • Urban Politics Seminar (CRP f388)
  • Urban Poverty and Community Development Seminar (CRP 388)
  • Urban Public Places (CRP 386 - Design for Planners I)
  • Urban Transportation (CRP 384)
  • Water Resource Planning (CRP 383)
  • Water Resources (CRP 387C)

CRP Professional Report or Thesis

The CRP Master's program culminates in an individual project demonstrating professional competence. Students may choose to demonstrate professional competence with either an approved Masters Thesis or with a Professional Report. Advanced study leading to either the thesis or professional report is conducted under the supervision of a faculty committee selected by the student and approved by the Graduate Adviser. The committee chair must be a member of the CRP Graduate Studies Committee. Students choosing to complete a professional report often also choose to complete a summer planning internship, although this is not required. 

Those choosing the Professional Report option must enroll in Master’s Professional Report (CRP 398R) during the semester immediately preceding graduation and will receive three credit hours for the report and the research leading to it. To receive credit for an internship, you must enroll in Planning Internship (CRP 397) in the semester when you complete your internship hours. Interns typically work in a public, nonprofit or private institution in a planning related field or activity. To receive credit, you must work for 300 hours in your internship and submit a summary report on your internship experience to the CRP Graduate Adviser. For assistance finding an internship, please contact Garrett Loontjer, the school’s Career Counselor. 

Those choosing the Thesis option must enroll in the two course sequence CRP 698A and B (Masters Thesis), during the fall and spring of their second year. These two courses are individual instruction research and writing courses. In addition, they must enroll in CRP 386 (Research Design) in the fall of their second year.  Thesis research is conducted under the supervision of a faculty committee consisting of two or three members.

MSCRP GRADUATE ADVISER

Elizabeth Mueller
Graduate Adviser for Community & Regional Planning
Associate Professor

CRP-advisor@austin.utexas.edu

+1 512 471 1151 | phone
+1 512 471 0716 | fax