Masters in Regional Planning

 The mission of the Masters Program (MRP) in Urban and Regional Planning is to provide education for professional planning practice, to research and publish on planning-related issues, and to apply planning methods to improve the quality of life in communities and regions. The Program is interdisciplinary, student-centered and participative, integrating scholarship and practice. It emphasizes the importance of creativity, public involvement, social justice, professional ethics, and environmental sustainability.  

The University at Albany's 48-credit two-year Master of Regional Planning (MRP) Program in Urban and Regional Planning was established in 1982. It began as a small program with a few students, but since the early 1990s it has grown considerably and greatly strengthened its core faculty. It currently has 479 graduates (May 2016), most of them working in professional planning jobs in the Northeastern United States. The MRP alumni also include practicing planners in other regions of the U.S., PhD students, university faculty, professionals in computer consultancy and software firms, U.S. and foreign citizens working in international development, and international alumni practicing planning in their home countries.

The program is strongly oriented towards professional practice, and it provides a thorough grounding in land-use planning, a range of technical skills and internship opportunities, and the opportunity to specialize in one of three alternative fields:

  • Environmental and Land-Use Planning
  • Community Planning
  • Transportation Planning

The MRP Program is fully accredited by the Planning Accreditation Board, the sole national accrediting body for planning. The University at Albany is accredited by the Middle States Association of Colleges and Schools.

The Program is part of the Department of Geography and Planning, which offers separate graduate and undergraduate programs in each discipline. The Department is part of the College of Arts and Sciences. It is located in the Arts and Sciences Building on the University at Albany's Main Campus (Uptown), with easy access to a wide range of University resources.

The University's location in the Capital City of New York State facilitates professional relations and internships with a great variety of local, regional, state and federal agencies. The MRP Program benefits considerably from proximity to the State Library, the State Legislature, the Albany Law School, the Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute's engineering, architecture and environmental programs, and the wide range of think-tanks and advocacy organizations headquartered in Albany. Albany is at the heart of the Northeast, with easy access to New York City, Boston and Montreal, and to the scenic and wilderness areas of the Catskills, the Adirondacks, the Berkshires, and Vermont. The region provides a rich and diversified context for planning education and practice, with easy access to many unique sites, projects and institutions.

Master of Regional Planning Program Public Information

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Master of Regional Planning Studio Projects

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Master of Regional Planning Handbook

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Degree Requirements

Information about degree requirements for a Masters in Regional Planning can be found at:

Please note: This program requires an internship, field experience, study abroad component, or clinical experience requirement. Students who have previously been convicted of a felony are advised that their prior criminal history may impede their ability to complete the requirements of certain academic programs and/or to meet licensure requirements for certain professions. If you have concerns about this matter please contact the Dean’s Office of your intended academic program.