Department of City and Regional Planning

Lanterns floating in the sky above a suburban neighborhood.

Shuiku Village: A Comprehensive Development Plan, final project for a proposed historic village in the spring 2021 Shanghai Workshop led by Associate Professor of the Practice George Frantz.⁣

The Department of City and Regional Planning (CRP) is home to leading programs in planning, regional science, historic preservation planning, and urban and regional studies.

Cornell University has been offering coursework in city and regional planning since 1935, and offering degrees in planning since the 1940s. Over the decades, distinguished alumni and faculty have played an extraordinary role in shaping communities worldwide. Today, CRP is a vibrant home to students and faculty from across the globe undertaking cutting-edge research and engaged practice aimed at advancing the discipline and changing the world. 

CRP offers an undergraduate degree in urban and regional studies, and both master's and doctoral degrees in regional planning, historic preservation planning, and regional science. We share the leadership of the Baker Program in Real Estate at Cornell and collaborate with Cornell Tech in New York City. Our students can take courses in CRP programs in Ithaca, New York City, and Rome; and pursue their research around the world. As a unit within a New York State land-grant institution, we are by nature deeply engaged with communities locally, regionally, and beyond.

Degree Programs

  • MRP, PHD

    Planning

    The Master of Regional Planning degree program prepares individuals to practice in planning and related fields both domestically and internationally, in settings from rural to urban, armed with the critical judgment, skills, and tools to make a positive difference in the world. Primary program concerns are climate resilience, social inequality, and enhancing the built environment. The program is PAB accredited.

    The doctoral program in city and regional planning supports select individuals who develop cutting-edge research on a critical topic in city and regional planning or historic preservation planning. The program is self-driven and flexible, fostering a close relationship between students and faculty. Alumni take leading roles in academia, NGOs, and government agencies worldwide.

  • BS

    Urban and Regional Studies

    The URS program is rigorous and based in liberal arts with a focus on cities and their regions. Students take courses in CRP and across the university while developing specific interests. URS students may spend a semester studying in Rome, New York City, and/or Washington DC. Alumni work in planning, real estate, and related fields, and are accepted to leading graduate programs in the design disciplines.

  • MA, MS, PHD

    Regional Science

    Regional science is the study of socioeconomic problems with regional or spatial dimensions using diverse analytical and empirical research methods. Students learn spatial, interregional, and location theory within the context of economic, social, and political systems, and train in the use of analytical techniques as they relate to policy and decision-making. Alumni work in NGOs, government agencies, and multilateral institutions around the world.

  • MA, PHD

    Historic Preservation Planning

    The HPP master's program provides students the intellectual and practical tools for leadership in the conservation of natural and cultural resources and communities, and both tangible and intangible cultural heritage. One of the first U.S. graduate preservation programs, Cornell's flexible curriculum provides an intimate, immersive education. Alumni lead preservation programs across the U.S. and practice in private and public roles globally. Select individuals may apply to the planning Ph.D. program with a preservation focus.

  • Dual Programs

    MRP + Real Estate
    MRP + Landscape Architecture (MLA)

    Students in the MRP program may also apply for admission to the Master of Landscape Architecture program in the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences, or to the Baker Program in Real Estate, co-administered by the Johnson College of Business. The dual degree provides an extraordinary opportunity to the right student. Typically, students save at least one semester by combining programs.

In the Media

  • Tuesday, October 12, 2021

    How Spaces Become Places: Place Makers Tell Their Stories

    In a new book edited by community-based planning and development Professor John Forester, CRP, case studies show how place makers build community trust and find possibilities and solutions in empty, contested, or unsafe spaces.

  • Friday, September 10, 2021

    Lessons From the Rise and Fall of the Pedestrian Mall

    Associate Professor of Planning Stephan Schmidt's op-ed in Bloomberg looks at successful and resilient pedestrian malls built in the 60's and 70's and finds lessons that urban planners can implement now.

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