Students

FAQ

  1. Is the degree I earn at Metropolitan College a Boston University degree?
  2. Yes. Metropolitan College, as one of Boston University’s seventeen schools and colleges, is accredited by the New England Association of Schools and Colleges, one of six nationally recognized regional accrediting agencies. When you successfully complete a degree program with us, you receive a diploma stating that you have earned your degree at Boston University's Metropolitan College.

  3. Is the City Planning program accredited by the Planning Accreditation Board (PAB)?
  4. Metropolitan College’s MCP program is not PAB-accredited. The University is currently assessing the relevance of PAB accreditation and the prospects of undergoing the accreditation process.

  5. Is the Metropolitan College MCP Program listed as a non-accredited program with the Association of Collegiate Schools in Planning (ACSP)?
  6. Yes, the MCP program is listed as a non-accredited member of the ACSP as of spring 2008.

  7. Does the MCP's non-accreditation status have an impact on a student's education?
  8. No. The accreditation process and designation does not stop the faculty and University from providing state-of-the-art course material, nor does it impact who we can recruit to teach. The most direct impact of non-accreditation on MCP students is that they are not eligible for many ACSP discounts and scholarships. Should the University become PAB-accredited, students would be eligible for ACSP student discounts.

  9. Does non-accreditation impact prospects for employment?
  10. No. Metropolitan College MCP students are competitive in the city planning job market within and outside of Greater Boston. From the City of Boston to the Municipality of Tokyo, Japan, public and private sector employers have hired our students. Many city planning employment opportunities require a certified master’s degree in city planning, which Boston University grants. Many employers do not require students to be certified by the American Institute of City Planners (AICP). If interested in AICP certification, Metropolitan College city planning students are eligible to take the AICP exam.

  11. Do MCP and MUA graduate students have access to career counseling or job placement services during or after their studies?
  12. Every MCP and MUA graduate student is assigned a graduate student adviser that provides guidance and assistance to students during all key stages of the student’s academic career, including employment searches. Metropolitan College does not offer formal career placement services to its graduate students, but all BU students have access to the extensive network of BU alumni/ae services. Courses and symposia are also offered to give students access to employers and practitioners that can assist in the transition from classroom to job market.

  13. What is the difference between the MCP and the MUA?
  14. The MCP is recognized professionally and academically as a two-year graduate degree for people interested in the multi-disciplinary field of city planning. An MCP education provides the theoretical, analytical, and practical tools of the planning trade, whether it is exercised in the public, private, or nonprofit sector. The MCP can be treated as a terminal professional degree or as a bridge degree towards doctoral studies in city planning, urban sociology, or human geography, among other social science disciplines.

    The MUA is a one-year graduate degree that provides the theoretical and analytical foundations for understanding the complexities of the urban environment. Students interested in pursuing an MUA are often in search of a challenging academic experience that helps them delve further into urban issues and debates, or they are in need of a graduate degree for internal advancement within their current professional environment.