About the School

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Good Places Require Good Design

City and regional planners imagine alternative futures for communities of all sizes. A planner’s designs combine expertise in environments, social, and built systems with consensus building and rendering. These designs result in communities getting the future they want.

Situated in the heart of Atlanta, the School of City and Regional Planning is an internationally recognized leader in education and research. We leverage the finest technological resources and diverse expertise here at Tech, and are on the front lines of pressing urban, environmental, economic, and community development issues.

The School's students, faculty, and researchers work together to create new knowledge and tools for making cities more sustainable, resilient, and just. Students come to our school from around the world, and arrive with ambitions to solve the world’s most vexing problems. They illustrate the best qualities of public mindedness and seriousness of purpose, and after graduation join our network of over 1400 alumni working in 49 states and 31 countries. 

The School's faculty includes six Fellows of the American Institute of Certified Planners, the editors of the Journal of Planning Education and Research, former chief operating officers of the Atlanta Regional Commission, the Georgia Regional Transportation Authority, and the Atlanta City Planning Department. Their creativity and energy rival that of any in the nation.

Georgia Tech's tradition of engaged planning education, coupled with longstanding values of science, governance, and justice, position us as a formidable planning leader. Atlanta is the sixth largest concentration of higher education activity in the U.S., and among the most diverse and rapidly growing metropolitan areas in the country. This affords students direct access to a vibrant laboratory for urban planning and a rich menu of academic opportunities.



The Georgia Tech Master of City & Regional Planning (MCRP) program is fully accredited by the Planning Accreditation Board (2334 W. Lawrence Avenue, Suite 209 Chicago, IL 60625; Telephone +1 773-334-7200).  PAB is a joint specialized accrediting body of the American Institute of Certified Planners, the American Planning Association, and the Association of Collegiate Schools of Planning.

Georgia Tech’s Master of City Planning program first earned recognition from the National Education Committee of the American Institute of Planners (PAB’s precursor) in September 1969 and was accredited by PAB when that organization began operations in 1984. Recognition/accreditation has been continuous since 1969. View our last accreditation site visitors report.

The MCRP degree is the usual entry credential for a career as a professional planner.

The Georgia Institute of Technology is accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges to award baccalaureate, masters, and doctoral degrees. Contact the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges at 1866 Southern Lane, Decatur, Georgia 30033-4097, telephone 404-679-4500, http://www.sacscoc.org for questions about the accreditation of Georgia Institute of Technology.

View the public information required by the the PAB for the MCRP degree program.



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