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.
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:
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.
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.
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.
Gain specialized training in operations and techniques related to the creation, analysis, modeling, visualization, interpretation and management of geographic information.
Available fall 2016. Details to come.
The urban and regional studies/planning minor requires 18 credits and allows you to gain theoretical and practical education in the field.
“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