Community and Regional Planning


Program Information:

Program Statement:
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Degrees Offered:
  • Master of Community of Regional Planning (M.C.R.P)
Learning Goals:
  • Graduates of the program will apply knowledge of the purpose and history of planning to analyze contemporary planning issues and scholarship.
  • Graduates of the program will utilize planning theory, ethics, and the ideas of equity and social justice to make sound ethical judgments and develop more effective planning processes.
  • Graduates of the program will demonstrate a working knowledge of planning law and local government institutions regarding how plans and policies are developed and implemented.
  • Graduates of the program will be able to evaluate a planning process; critically analyze how social, cultural, and economic forces influence land use changes; be able to create alternative scenarios for the future; and have experience applying these ideas through active learning and real life experiences.
  • Graduates of the program will have a working knowledge of both qualitative and quantitative methods and demonstrate their ability to apply these methods to planning problems.
  • Graduates of the program will engage communities, identify a range of tools that can be applied to different situations, and demonstrate their ability to expand participation, ensure inclusion, and give voice to diverse stakeholders.
  • Graduates of the program will demonstrate professional written, oral and visual communication skills utilizing multiple forms of media within a variety of educational and community settings.
  • Graduates of the program will demonstrate their knowledge and ability to create sustainable and resilient communities within a changing world.
  • Graduates of the program will demonstrate their ability to make strategic decisions, evaluate projects, and analyze policies.
  • Graduates of the program will conduct, in teams or independently, research that analyzes and evaluates a planning issue and proposes new ideas or potential solutions.

Program Contact:

Contact: Jennifer Anderson
Phone: 515-294-7415
E-mail Address:

Mailing Address:

    Director of Recruitment
    Iowa State University
    289 College of Design
    Ames, IA 50011-3094

Admission Requirements:

Graduate College Requirements:
  • 4 year Bachelor’s degree (or equivalent)
  • Academic Records/Transcripts
  • Minimum 3.0 GPA (Program may alter requirement.)
  • Proof of English Proficiency.
Program Specific Requirements:
  • Three letters of recommendation are required to be submitted electronically with your on-line application.
  • OPTIONAL-supporting information will be accepted by email in .PDF format. Submit with your full name as listed on your application.
  • Program Requires GRE: No
  • Program Requires GMAT: No
  • Program Will Review Without TOEFL or IELTS: No
International Requirements:
  • Financial Statement: Application
  • English Proficiency Minimum:
    TOEFL Paper (PBT) 550
    TOEFL Internet (iBT) 79
    IELTS 6.5
    PTE 53
    Duolingo (approved through spring 2023) 105

Application Information:

Application Deadlines:
    Deadline for priority consideration is Feb. 1; we will continue reviewing until program is full.
Application Details:
    This program is open to domestic and international students.

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