Georgia Tech’s Master of City and Regional Planning Ranked Seventh in the Nation

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The Master of City and Regional Planning (MCRP) program at Georgia Tech is ranked seventh in Planetizen’s newly released 2017 Guide to Graduate Urban Planning Programs. A leading source for urban planning news, Planetizen administers the only comprehensive ranking of graduate urban planning programs in the United States.

This ranking places Georgia Tech second among all university planning programs in the South. Georgia Tech was additionally recognized 2nd in the nation among programs allowing part-time study, and 6th in the Educator’s Reputation Survey.  

“Planetizen evaluates planning programs using thirty measures,” says School of City & Regional Planning professor and chair Bruce Stiftel. “This third consecutive top 10 ranking reflects a professionally-engaged, research-led education that prepares future leaders of the city planning profession. Tech alumni reach across the globe to make cities more sustainable, resilient and just.”

Rankings are based on a reputational survey of planning educators; program characteristics such as student retention, financial aid, and student/faculty ratio; faculty characteristics such as diversity and research productivity; and student characteristics including employment rate post-graduation, average GPA and GRE scores, and diversity of the student body.

“The School of City and Regional Planning at Georgia Tech has a long and distinguished history,” says Steve French, Dean of the College of Design and Professor of City & Regional Planning. “This latest national ranking recognizes our outstanding faculty, students and alumni, and the amazing work they are doling to create more sustainable and livable communities in this country and around the world. I am very proud that we are one of the national leaders in planning education.”

Tech’s seventh place ranking follows Massachusetts Institute of Technology; University of California, Berkeley; University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill; University of California, Los Angeles; Rutgers; and Harvard. Rounding out the top ten are the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign; University of Southern California; and Cornell.

Georgia Tech’s graduate planning program began in 1952 and counts more than 1,500 alumni now working in 49 states and territories and 32 foreign countries. In addition to the MCRP program, the School of City and Regional Planning offers courses for undergraduates, as well as a Ph.D. program in city and regional planning and a Master of Science in Geographic Information Science and Technology.

Planetizen’s 5th Edition Guide to Graduate Urban Planning Programs is available online at and in print.


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