Master of City Planning

The Master of City Planning (MCP) at Boston University’s Metropolitan College prepares students for a wide variety of professional roles in urban planning and management, including as city planners, city managers, community development directors, research analysts, and policy experts in federal, state, and local governments; nonprofit and nongovernmental organizations; corporations; and research institutions.

During the course of their study, MCP students can specialize in an array of complex issues and policy areas that include: environmental sustainability, land use, housing, and community development; infrastructure planning; public finance, transportation planning; energy, climate, and urban design. The MCP is a professional graduate degree intended for those pursuing careers in planning-related fields, and can be completed within three semesters of full-time study.

The Master of City Planning (MCP) requires the completion of 48 credits (twelve 4-credit courses). Students are encouraged to participate in the Directed Internship Program for course credit through MET UA 804 Supervised Fieldwork.

Degree Requirements

A total of 12 courses (48 credits) are required, distributed as follows:

Theoretical and Methodological Required Courses (five courses/20 credits)

  • MET UA 515 History, Theory, and Planning Practice
  • MET UA 703 Mixed Research Methods
  • MET UA 704 Urban Economics
  • MET UA 664 Planning and the Development Process OR MET UA 715 Planning and Land Use Law
  • MET UA 805 Urban Studies Capstone OR MET UA 761 Planning Thesis

Elective Courses (seven courses/28 credits)

Up to two elective graduate-level courses may be taken outside the program offerings. Under special circumstances, additional outside electives may be approved upon consultation with faculty advisor.

Combined Certificate Options

Graduate certificates consist of four courses, two of which are required and specific to the area of study. The courses from the graduate certificate can be credited to the master’s degree program. Elective courses can be selected from a pre-approved list of a wide range of multidisciplinary electives, offered across Metropolitan College, the University, or the Boston Area Consortia.

The City Planning and Urban Affairs program offers a Graduate Certificate in Applied Sustainability and other areas. Please contact to inquire about additional Graduate Certificate options associated with this degree.