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 Fall term 2015, 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 - Yr 1 Hours Spring - Yr 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 2: CRP 386-2 Qualitative and Participatory Methods 3
Method 1: CRP 386-1 Quantitative Methods 3 Method 3: CRP 386-6 Introduction to Viz-Com and GIS 3
Elective 3 Elective 3
Semester credit hours: 12   12
Fall - Yr 2 Hours Spring - Yr 2 Hours
Method 4: CRP 381 Public Economics and Finance 3 Elective 3
CRP 685D Planning Practicum/Studio** 6 Elective 3
Elective OR CRP698A (Thesis A) * 3 CRP698B (Thesis B)* or CRP 398R (Professional Report) 3
CRP 386 Research Design (thesis students)* (3) Elective (PR students) (3)
Semester credit hours: PR students
Semester credit hours: Thesis students
12
15
  12
  9

Notes:

*   Attendance in Thesis A, Thesis B 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.
** The CRP program will offer one or more Practicum Courses in the summer term and in fall and spring terms of the second year. Because Thesis students must take Thesis A and Research Design in the fall of their second year and may want to choose a summer or year-long Practicum in order to balance their fall and spring schedules.
 

Planning Practicum

The Planning Practicum is an intensive, applied research course, where students apply the skills they have learned to real world planning problems, often 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, students are free to select CRP elective courses that match their specific interests. This is the most common approach and allows students to study a broad range of planning issues and tailor their program of study to their particular career goals. Elective coursework may include up to 6 hours of electives from outside the School of Architecture.
Second, students may choose to specialize in one of five areas within planning. In this case, the student will select  4 or more courses in a designated CRP specialization area (as described below). To complete their specialization, students must also complete a Professional Report or Masters Thesis on a subject related to the specialization.

The following is a list of recent elective course offerings. Please note that not all courses are offered every year. Elective courses may follow a traditional lecture and discussion format, or be conducted as research seminars, independent studies, studios, or workshops. Since 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 by completing either an approved Masters Thesis or 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) the semester that he or she will graduate and will receive three credit hours for the report and the research leading to it. Please note that it is not possible to receive an incomplete in this course. A student that does not finish his or her report in this semester will be required to enroll in the PR course again. To receive credit for an internship, students must enroll in Planning Internship (CRP 397) in the semester when they complete their internship hours. Interns typically work in a public, nonprofit or private institution in a planning related field or activity. To receive credit, you must submit a letter from your employer confirming you have offered an intership at the time of enrollment, work for 300 hours as an intern, and submit another letter confirming completion of the internship along with either a summary report on your internship experience or a sample of the work you completed 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, for a spring graduation. 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. Thesis students must enroll in Thesis B (CRP 698B) the semester that he or she will graduate. Please note that it is not possible to receive an incomplete in this course. A student that does not not finish his or her thesis in this semester will be required to enroll in the Thesis B course again.
 

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