CHARLES SANTO, PhD
Director and Associate Professor
Room 208, McCord Hall
I. The Division of City and Regional Planning in the School of Urban Affairs and Public Policy offers the Master’s in City and
Regional Planning (MCRP) degree. Planning uses a multidisciplinary approach to solve
urban and regional problems. As such, planning is concerned with the spatial arrangement
and interaction of human activity systems in urbanized areas and enables the arrangement
of facilities and programs in an optimal and comprehensive way. As a professional
practice, planning is concerned with guiding the growth and development of cities
and regions toward desired objectives. Planning increases the effectiveness of public
and private decision-making by giving careful consideration to goal formulation, the
collection and organization of information and knowledge, and the design of policies
and programs. The curriculum is intended to provide the basic knowledge and skills
in theory, techniques, methods, and practice. The program is a full member of the
Association of Collegiate Schools of Planning, and its degree is accredited by the
Planning Accreditation Board.
Program objectives are: (1) mastery of computing and written, oral , and graphical
skills; (2) strong sense of professional ethical principles; (3) respect for and understanding
of diverse viewpoints, needs, and ideologies, with particular attention to issues
related to class, gender, race and ethnicity in urban society; (4) knowledge and skills
for urban problem-solving including history and theory of planning processes and practices;
administrative, legal, and political aspects of plan making and policy implementation;
and synthesis and application of knowledge; (5) knowledge of the structure and function
of urban settlements, and (6) knowledge and skills necessary for achieving status
as a Certified Planner.
All graduate students must comply with the general requirements of the Graduate School
(see Admissions Regulations, Academic Regulations, and Minimum Degree Requirements) as well as the program requirements of the degree being pursued.
II. MCRP Degree Program
A. Program Admission
Applicants must satisfy admission standards of the Graduate School and receive favorable
endorsement from the planning faculty. Admission will be based on applicable test
scores (GRE or MAT); undergraduate grade point average; previous education and/or
experience; and ability to articulate career and education objectives.
B. Program Prerequisite
Students are accepted from all undergraduate disciplines and professional areas; however,
the department determines if students must do remedial work. Some credit may be granted
by the department for remedial work if obtained at the graduate level after entering
C. Program Requirements
The student is required to complete a minimum of 48 semester hours. Thirty (30) hours
are taken in the core curriculum and 15 hours are electives that lead to a 3-hour
Capstone Project. The fifteen (15) hours of electives allow the student to extend
basic knowledge gained in the core curriculum and can include such subjects as economic
development planning, urban design, land use and transportation planning, planning
information systems, housing and community development planning, planning law, and
The 3-hour Capstone Project, submitted as a written report and orally defended, is
required of all majors as a terminal experience designed to demonstrate a student’s
mastery of planning process and substance.
The comprehensive examination must be successfully completed at the end of the semester
in which the student expects to graduate.
D. Transfer of Credits
The Director may recommend to the Graduate School credit for planning course-work
successfully completed at other institutions but not to exceed 12 semester hours.
For those students formerly enrolled in graduate planning programs accredited by the
Planning Accreditation Board, a maximum of 24 hours in planning course-work may be
approved. Credit previously earned at another institution must be presented for evaluation
not later than the end of the student’s second semester of enrollment.
CITY AND REGIONAL PLANNING (PLAN)
In addition to the courses below, the department may offer the following Special Topics
PLAN 7610-7620. Special Topics in City and Regional Planning. (3). Topics vary and are announced in the online class listing.
PLAN 6521 - Quantitative Methods (3)
(Same as ESCI 6521, GEOG 6521). An introduction to quantitative methods in spatial analysis.
PLAN 7000 - Intro To Planning (3)
Planning trends in United States and abroad, including land use planning, developmental planning, social planning, transportation planning, community facilities planning, and planning as a governmental activity at the local, state, and federal levels.
PLAN 7002 - Principles & Theory (3)
The fundamental principles and theory of urban and regional planning with emphasis on comprehensive planning processes and appropriate theoretical foundations.
PLAN 7004 - Land Use Controls (3)
Methods of regulating land use, including zoning, subdivision controls, and growth management techniques; legal framework for planning, including enabling legislation, local ordinances, and significant judicial decisions.
PLAN 7006 - Compreh Planning Studio (3)
Individual and group practice in collection, analysis, and presentation of field data on selected planning problems.
PLAN 7007 - Special Projects Studio (3)
Individual and group planning for development of major public and private projects.
PLAN 7008 - Site Planning (3)
Principles and methods of preparing site plan for development project, including techniques of determining suitability of site resources and compatibility of land uses, site impact analysis, and site plan review procedures.
PLAN 7011 - Finance Comm Develmnt (3)
Introduction to and principles of municipal finance with emphasis on preparation of capital improvements program; methods of forecasting public revenues and expenditures, project selection methods, and review of financing mechanisms.
PLAN 7012 - Meth/Tech Planning I (3)
Professional practice methodology used in assessment of existing socioeconomic conditions of communities, trend analysis, and forecasts of future population and employment for purpose of developing comprehensive plan.
PLAN 7202 - Land Use Planning (3)
Theory and practice of land use planning, with emphasis on methods of land use analysis and economic and social basis for land use decisions.
PLAN 6201 - Urbanization/Environmnt (3)
(Same as ESCI 6201; GEOG 6201). A study of the ways humans have changed the natural environment by urbanization and how physical features and processes influence the development and function of cities.
PLAN 6231 - Water Resources (3)
(Same as ESCI 6231; GEOG 6231). Study of hydrologic processes and their application to needs of cities, industry, agriculture, and recreation.
PLAN 6261 - Plan/Sustainable Cities/Region (3)
(ESCI 6261). Multidisciplinary and multi-scaled approach to understanding the sustainability of natural and built environments in planning cities and regions; methods for measuring sustainability; emerging development concepts and practices; technology, efficiency, social equity and public health implications of sustainability; sustainable urban/regional form of the future.
PLAN 6443 - Transportation Planning (3)
(Same as ESCI 6443; GEOG 6443). Planning for various transportation modes and networks and the impact they have on urban land use and contemporary development problems.
PLAN 6502 - Computer Cartography (3)
(Same as ESCI 6502; GEOG 6502). Instruction in use of computer mapping programs as effective techniques for visual presentation of a wide variety of data. Two lecture, two laboratory hours per week. PREREQUISITE: BASIC, FORTRAN, or other computer language.
PLAN 6515 - Geographic Info Science (3)
(Same as ESCI 6515; GEOG 6515). Introduction to the basic concepts, components, and functions of Geographic Information Science using ARC/INFO GIS; topics include concepts and structure of spatial data, database planning and design, data quality control, automating spatial data, attribute data management, spatial manipulation, and spatial analysis techniques. PREREQUISITE: ESCI (GEOG) 1010 or 1020 or 1301 or 3430 or 4201 or permission of instructor.
PLAN 7101 - Regional Planning (3)
Area and region delineation, regional planning organization, the various levels of planning, the functions and problems of regional plan preparation, and plan implementation.
PLAN 7201 - Plan Comm Facilities (3)
Planning the location and design of community facilities in the light of changing concepts of public service and community organization.
PLAN 7204 - Urban Revitalz Plan (3)
Changing urban land uses, first in areas that must improve or rebuild obsolete patterns, functions, and forms; and second in areas with acceptable uses, structures, and institutions, which in the interest and welfare of all the people must have additional space for growth and expansion.
PLAN 7205 - Sem Urban Design (3)
History and theory of urban form and implications for the design of cities; survey of urban design techniques.
PLAN 7206 - Housing (3)
Survey of housing market characteristics, financing, development, preservation, and redevelopment from both public and private perspectives.
PLAN 7208 - Economics of Cities (3)
Focuses on economics of spatial structure and urban problems; introduces economic theories explaining where and how cities grow; uses economic concepts to explore issues such as poverty, transportation and mass transit, housing and homelessness, education, employment, crime, zoning and land use, suburbanization and sprawl, metropolitan government, and public finance.
PLAN 7302 - Geographic Environ Anly (3)
(Same as ESCI 7201; GEOG 7201). Analytical and qualitative critique of the physical environment with emphasis on environmental quality, including air and water quality standards, soil erosion, solid waste management, and nuisance control.
PLAN 7504 - Sem Geog Info Systems (3)
(Same as ESCI 7504; GEOG 7504). Discussion of short- and long-term GIS science research topics by University Consortium of Geographic Information Science (UCGIS), such as internet GIS, possible effects of internet GIS on society, public participation GIS, participatory GIS, GIS for homeland security, geo-spatial society, and geo-visualization.
PLAN 7621 - Ecology and Planning (3)
special topics course. This course proposed an ecological approach to planning and design, aiming at creating an understanding of how human society interacts with ecosystems. It introduces theories and practices of planning and design framed into the ecological paradigm, especially focused on socio, economic, environmental sustainability. The class also has a fieldwork component focused on providing a background analysis and planning and design guidelines for a pre-selected area in the Memphis metropolitan region.
PLAN 7701 - Research Problems (1-3)
Independent investigation directed toward research problems in city and regional planning May be repeated for a maximum of 3 hours credit. Grades of A-F, or IP will be given.
PLAN 7708 - Planning Practice (3)
Practical skills in operating a planning office in both public and private sectors. PREREQUISITE: Approved planning experience.
PLAN 7890 - Planning Internship (1)
Experiential learning assignment to be achieved via an approved work assignment with a public or private planning organization or a member of the planning faculty. NOTE: Does not count toward degree requirements. Grades of S, U, or IP will be given.
PLAN 7896 - Capstone Project (1-3)
Preparation of a research paper that exhibits mastery of process and substantive area of planning. May be repeated for a maximum of 12 hours credit. Grades of S, U, or IP will be given.