What will I learn?

The Master of City and Regional Planning (MCRP) degree program prepares students to excel as professionals capable of understanding and resolving complex urban planning problems. The curriculum gives students both a broad understanding of the urban and regional environment and a foundation of skills needed to plan for this environment.

The MCRP program strives for a careful balance between the theoretical, historical, and conceptual knowledge about urban and regional development on the one hand, and the acquisition of practical skills and methods of analysis on the other. The program offers seven specializations as well as several dual degree programs with architecture, civil engineering, law, and public policy.

The curriculum is a two-year, fifty-five-semester-hour program. The curriculum requirements include seven core courses, a specialization, electives, an internship, and a thesis or applied research paper. Two options exist for completing the curriculum: the formal thesis or the applied research option paper.

The specialization in transportation planning provides students with the ability to conceive, consider, and to assess the implications of supply and demand side strategies to enhance local accessibility and regional mobility within the context of an urban system. At the heart of the student's understanding of transportation are the critical linkages with macro scale aspects of land use, urban form, and regional spatial structure and micro-scale aspects of urban design, site design, and non-motorized movement.

The transportation planning specialization is designed to address issues such as the consideration of:

  • Equity, environmental, and economic trade-offs between alternative transportation investments
  • Inter-governmental issues in reaching regional consensus over transportation investments
  • Secondary implications of transportation investments on economic development and urban form
  • Physical activity and health implications of alternative transportation investment futures
  • The impact of auto dependence and the need for providing travel choices
  • The role of transportation supply and demand side solutions
  • Land use as a travel demand management strategy
  • Benefits and burdens of alternative transportation and land development proposals for low income and minority populations.

Students who pursue the transportation planning concentration are highly competitive in the marketplace and find careers in local, regional, state, and federal agencies and within the private sector. Transportation planning tends to be amongst the highest paying areas within city and regional planning. Historically, the demand for transportation planners has been very high.

Which department am I in?

College of Design

Study options

Full Time (2 years)

Tuition fees
USD $1,333/hr for 1-11 credit hours; USD $15,993 for 12 or more credit hours
Start date

Expected August 2022


College of Design

245 Fourth Street,



30332, United States

Entry requirements

For international students

Applicants must have a 3.0/4.0 undergraduate GPA and a 3.5/4.0 master’s degree GPA if applicable.

The minimum score for graduate admission required by Georgia Tech is: IELTS: 7.0 Overall Band score and minimum Component Band scores of: 6.5 Reading, 6.5 Listening, 6.5 Speaking, 5.5 Writing,

  • 577 (paper based), or
  • 100 (Internet based)

Students are admitted to the MCRP program to begin studies in the fall term only. With rare exceptions, involving transfer students and dual degree students, applicants will be considered for spring term admission. Applications must be completed by January 15 to ensure consideration for merit-based financial aid, and by February 15 if no financial aid is sought.

*There may be different IELTS requirements depending on your chosen course.