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Urban and regional studies/planning

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Study where it’s happening.

Our setting in Richmond, Virginia, puts you at the forefront of urban revitalization.

You’re in the perfect place to study urban and regional studies/planning — Richmond is a beautiful, diverse and historic city with a strong network of public, nonprofit and private organizations dedicated to urban revitalization.

What does this mean for you? Think community engagement, experiential learning and service learning. Each of our students partner with community organizations through paid internships or client-based studio work.

Bachelor’s program

Build a solid foundation in understanding emerging trends in cities and regions and the role of planning, design and communication. You’ll gain marketable skills in qualitative and quantitative analysis, problem-solving and professional competence to solve current social, economic and environmental challenges.

Choose a generalized course of study or one of two concentrations, and learn about the requirements for each:

General course of study
Urban planning and policy 
Regional analysis and development

Master’s program

Gain professional grounding in the theory and methodology of planning through a curriculum that balances classroom and field experience. You’ll learn practical planning skills through hands-on, field-based instruction and a required internship in a public or private planning-related organization.

Program and degree requirements

Dual-degree option

Our M.U.R.P./ J.D. program allows you to receive a J.D. from the law school at the University of Richmond and a master’s in urban and regional planning from VCU in four years rather than five. 

Program and degree requirements

 

Internships

For more information on internship opportunities, credits, and applications visit the student section.

Certificate programs

Urban revitalization

Learn the techniques and processes of city and neighborhood revitalization, including adaptive reuse of buildings, historic preservation, real estate market analysis and the role of private-public partnerships in financing development projects. Grades of “B” or better are fully transferable to the master’s program.

Program requirements

Geographic information systems

Gain specialized training in operations and techniques related to the creation, analysis, modeling, visualization, interpretation and management of geographic information.

Program requirements

Sustainability planning

Available fall 2016. Details to come.

Minor

The urban and regional studies/planning minor requires 18 credits and allows you to gain theoretical and practical education in the field.

Course requirements

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“The M.U.R.P. program at VCU is helping me turn big ideas and hopes about what a community can be into an implementable plan. Faculty members encourage you when solutions are not clear and equip you with the training and experience to create positive change.”

— Shekinah Mitchell, first-year student, Class of 2019