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2014-2015 Undergraduate Catalog 
2014-2015 Undergraduate Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Regional and Community Planning (Non-Baccalaureate MRCP)

The curriculum leading to the professional graduate degree in regional and community planning prepares students for a variety of career opportunities found within the planning profession. Special emphasis is placed on learning the planning process; collecting and analyzing data; thinking critically and creatively and creating alternative scenarios for developing a comprehensive community land use and transportation plan; managing the future through development of such regulatory tools as the zoning ordinance, subdivision regulations, and fiscal budgeting; and working with people in fashioning a vision of the future that is realistic, attainable, and sustainable. Understanding the environment and the role of the planner in preserving both the natural and built environment is critical to success in maintaining or improving the quality of life in our communities.

The regional and community planning program is fully accredited by the American Institute of Certified Planners (AICP) and the American Planning Association (APA) through the Planning Accreditation Board at the master’s level.

It is important to refer to the college website for current information regarding this program. This curriculum is subject to constant review and change without notice. Students should obtain a copy of the current curriculum when they enter the program.

Master’s degree requirements

First semester (15 credit hours)

Second semester (16 credit hours)

  • Credits: (3)
  • Humanities/Design Elective Credits: (6)
  • Natural Science Elective with Lab Credits: (4)
  • *General Elective Credits: (3)

Regional and Community Planning Program

Third semester (16 credit hours)

Fourth semester (18 credit hours)

Fifth semester (17 credit hours)

Sixth semester (15 credit hours)

Seventh semester (13 credit hours)

Eighth semester*** (14-16 credit hours)

Ninth semester (12 credit hours)

Tenth semester (9-11 credit hours)


*A minimum of nine (9) general elective credits must be taken.  General electives may be taken in pursuit of a minor.  They may be taken any time prior to or during the Regional and Community Planning program and may include KSU approved AP, IB, CLEP and transfer credits.  Students may not count more than three (3) total hours of recreation credits toward graduation.

**Professional Electives in the sixth semester must include 6 undergraduate credit hours of PLAN courses.

***Eighth semester: Two distinct study opportunities are offered during this semester, each requiring 14 credit hours. The study abroad and internship options have course requirements that substitute for the 9 professional elective credit requirements.

All students will complete either a Master’s Report or a Master’s Thesis.

+If a student elects the thesis option, PLAN 897 Proposal Writing will be taken during the eighth semester for 2 credit hours. This course is completed by advance arrangement. PLAN 897 students work independently to develop their thesis proposal with their major professor’s supervision. PLAN 899 Research in Planning will be taken in the ninth semester in place of PLAN 897 and in the tenth semester in place of PLAN 705, PLAN 898 and the professional elective.

All required courses taught in the landscape architecture and regional and community planning programs that are counted toward the degree must be passed with a grade of C or better.

The K-State 8 General Education areas are covered by courses required in the Regional and Community Planning curriculum. Information about the K-State 8 is available on the web and in the university catalog.

Total credit hours required for graduation: (147)

  • Undergraduate Hours Credits: (112)
  • Graduate Hours Credits: (35)