Curriculum

MASTER OF SCIENCE IN CITY AND REGIONAL PLANNING

Pratt’s accredited Master of Science in City and Regional Planning requires 60 credits.  The schedule of classes allows for prospective students to enter in fall or spring, and complete their studies in two or three years.

The core program of required courses (in the first half of study) allows students to develop an understanding of community development, land use, and sustainability issues. Electives and studios (in the second half of study) allow students to either hone or broaden their skills and knowledge. As the Demonstration of Professional Competence, students must prove their analytical and creative capacity to deal with an advanced problem in planning.  The Demonstration may be a project related to a specific course, or an employment-related performance, or a thesis that makes an original contribution to the field, or even a documentary.

Since its inception 50 years ago, the City and Regional Planning Program has remained true to its emphasis on combining an education that emphasizes practice over theory, participatory planning over top-down policy making, and advocacy over technocracy.

To promote specialized or interdisciplinary study, half of the credits are in elective seminars and studios. While by no means required, each student can focus on one of four particular professional concentrations, each of which has is own faculty coordinator:

  • Community development and advocacy
  • Environmental planning and policy
  • Preservation planning and livable cities
  • Physical planning and urbanism

Further, it is possible to pursue a Master of Science degree from Pratt jointly with a Juris Doctor degree from Brooklyn Law School.

DEGREE REQUIREMENTS

Applicants should have received their bachelor's degree in any field and in addition to the personal statement must submit an extended piece of writing to support their application for advanced study. The writing sample may be a term paper or report done for work and depending on the applicant's background and is not required to be related to planning. Applications will be accepted after the deadline if there is room.

CURRICULUM

G1020-REQT FOR MS IN CITY AND REGIONAL PLANNING, 2012

SEMESTER 1

Complete these courses plus 3 elective credits.

PLAN-602 History & Theory of City Planning

PLAN-600 Fundamentals: Seminar & Studio Of Planning

PLAN-603 Urban Economics

SEMESTER 2

Take the following courses plus 8 elective credits. Take 6 elective credits over the summer before Semester 3.

PLAN-605 Planning Methods I

PLAN-604 Planning Law

SEMESTER 3

Take 3 elective credits.

PLAN-701 Planning Methods II

PLAN-810 Studio: Sustainable Communities OR
PLAN-850 Studio: Sustainable Development OR
PLAN-820 Studio: Land Use & Urban Design

SEMESTER 4

Take the following course plus 5 elective credits.

PLAN-891 Directed Research

PLAN-850 Studio: Sustainable Development OR
PLAN-810 Studio: Sustainable Communities OR
PLAN-820 Studio: Land Use & Urban Design

SEMESTER 5

Take the following courses plus 6 elective credits.

PLAN-892 Demo of Professional Competence