Prospective Students

Learn With the Best

Planners help the people who live in cities and regions to imagine better futures for themselves and to make those futures happen.  We craft processes and design places that lead to better communities. The Georgia Tech School of City and Regional Planning is recognized nationwide as offering one of the finest city and regional planning educations in the nation. Planetizen named Tech’s MCRP program #7 in the country in 2017. 

Our School offers the Ph.D. in City and Regional Planning, the Master of City and Regional Planning (MCRP), the Master of Science in Geographic Information Science and Technology (MS/GIST), and the Master of Science in Urban Design (MS/UD). MCRP students may participate in dual degree studies combining this degree with the Master of Architecture, the Master of Science in Civil Engineering, the Master of Science in Public Policy or the Juris Doctor degrees. Students may also earn certificates in Historic Preservation, in Real Estate, or in Remote Sensing. Undergraduate students may complete elective courses in City and Regional Planning, and can earn the Certificate in Real Estate Development.

Students here take full advantage of the academic, social, and professional development resources here at Tech.  The University's many research centers provide outstanding opportunities for in-depth research during graduate studies. The Student Planning Association (SPA) organizes a variety of social, academic, and community outreach events to enhance students' personal, educational, and professional development.  Our 1400+ alumni share aspirations and a common past that draw them to each other and keep them regularly involved with SPA and school events.


The Atlanta Laboratory

Atlanta is the fifth largest concentration of higher education activity in the U.S., and among the most diverse and rapidly growing metropolitan areas in the country, affording our students direct access to a vibrant laboratory for urban planning and a rich menu of academic opportunities. We take advantage of our dynamic metropolitan setting through the development of four-to-five applied studio courses per year; the involvement of numerous planning practitioners as instructors, speakers, and critics; and through access to a wide range of federal, state, local, and private sector planning organizations that employ our graduates.

Atlanta is an unparalleled laboratory illustrating both the best and the worst of late twentieth-century urban development. The region has had great success in pioneering social justice, getting ahead of economic development, and pulling together for common purpose. It also “leads” in traffic congestion, and public service privatization, and has long-term water supply concerns.

Georgia Institute of Technology is one of the world’s premier research universities, consistently ranking among U.S. News & World Report’s top 10 public universities in the country and the Times Higher Education’s world top 10 technology universities. In a world that increasingly turns to technology for solutions, Georgia Tech is using innovative teaching and advanced research to define the technological research university of the twenty-first century.


We look for students whose varied backgrounds, experiences, and education reflect the richness of contemporary society. Admission into the MCRP, MS/GIST, MS/UD and PhD programs is highly competitive. Successful applicants are expected to have a strong academic background, excellent writing skills, and the ability to communicate effectively.

In order to be considered for admission, your application must be complete and all required material submitted by the program deadline. If you are interested in receiving merit-based aid make sure to submit your materials by the fellowship deadlines. Students are admitted to begin studies in the fall, as we normally do not accept applications for spring or summer semester admissions.

Ph.D. Funding Opportunities

To learn about available doctoral funding opportunities for the next academic year, please click here.


Visit Our Campus

Interested in coming to see us? We host three information sessions per year, a full-day Open House, and schedule individual visits as needed. During our information sessions, Prospective students get the opportunity to visit our campus and learn about city planning, our faculty research and engagement, what our graduates do while in school and after graduation, and each of our degree programs. These sessions generally last about four hours in the morning, with the opportunity for one-on-one time with faculty upon request. 

Information session dates for Fall 2019-Spring 2020 are below. Please register here.

Open House is the best way to get the most in-depth feel of what it will be like to study at our School. Every Spring the free, day-long event includes a presentation by the Student Planning Association, panel sessions with students and faculty from each of our degree programs, a planning bus tour of Atlanta, time to interact with the faculty, and a specializations fair. The next Open House will take place in March 2020.

If you are unable to come to these events, you can always schedule a visit through our Academic Advisor! To learn more about any of these options, take a look at our visit us page.

Career Prospects

Each year, over 97% of our School's students obtain full-time planning or planning-related employment within 12 months of graduation. According to the US Bureau of Labor Statistics, "Employment of urban and regional planners is projected to grow 10 percent from 2012 to 2022." Population growth, economic conditions, and environmental concerns will drive employment growth for planners in cities, suburbs, and other areas. Most new jobs will be in affluent, rapidly expanding communities. Job prospects will be best for those with a master's degree; bachelor's degree holders with additional skills in GIS or mapping may find entry level positions, but advancement opportunities are limited.

Take a look at the links below to explore websites and career guides dedicated to the field of planning. 

American Planning Association - what it means to be a planner and how to become one

ACSP's Guide to Careers in Planning  

ACSP's Guide to Graduate Education in Planning

Bureau of Labor Statistics Occupational Outlook Handbook on Urban and Regional Planners

Planetizen - Insider's Guide to Careers in Urban Planning

Planetizen - Graduate Program Directory  

Royal Town Planning Institute - Planning as a Career

Service Canada - Planning careers in Canada