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University of Cincinnati — School of Planning

Program Type:
Coverdell Fellows
School of Planning
Degrees Awarded:
Community Planning (MCP), Joint MCP-JD, Regional Development Planning (PhD)
Admissions Deadlines:

March 1 for financial assistance

Program Start:
Program Founded:
January, 2004


Students work with a faculty that has extensive overseas experience, including two returned Peace Corps Volunteers, and study a curriculum with core courses, specialization courses, electives, and a summer internship, all accredited by the Planning Accreditation Board. Participating students also participate in a joint Paul D. Coverdell Fellows Program-Master's International seminar with local speakers and different service projects each quarter. Coverdell Fellows Program students are eligible for graduate assistantships and off-campus work assignments providing a yearly stipend in addition to university graduate scholarships that cover all or a portion of tuition.


Specializations available under the Master of Community Planning (MCP) degree include: economic development, environmental planning, international development, physical planning, and urban design. A joint degree is also possible in conjunction with the College of Law. The PhD focuses on regional development planning.

For qualified applicants with extensive experience in planning or related fields, the school offers a 12-month-long accelerated MPC program. That program requires a reduced number of credit hours, does not require a summer internship, and allows for an individual graduate project or thesis. For students interested in academic careers of research and teaching, the school also offers the opportunity to study for a doctoral degree in the specialized field of regional development planning. This degree, which is unique among planning programs in the United States, focuses on the issues, concerns, and development approaches to the future of U.S. and world metropolitan regions. It provides a strong core of knowledge of political economy, planning theory, and regional analysis methods and the opportunity for one-on-one research apprenticeships with members of the School of Planning faculty.

The University of Cincinnati's School of Planning is one of the largest planning programs in the United States, and is the only planning school offering bachelor's, master's, and doctoral degrees with the integration of co-op work experience. The school offers a diverse learning environment and produces graduates with the credentials to practice as professional urban planners, both domestically and overseas. Graduates work at local, regional, state, national, and international levels in both the public and private sectors. Peace Corps Fellows will be placed with nonprofit planning organizations and city and county government agencies matching their academic and professional interests throughout the Greater Cincinnati region.


Application form, official transcripts of all undergraduate and graduate work; GRE scores; three letters of recommendation; Peace Corps assignment descriptions and dates ("Description of Service" or "DOS"); digital resume.

For inquiries about Paul D. Coverdell Fellows Program, call 855.855.1961 x1440.

Program Contacts

If you have questions, please contact:
Johanna W. Looye, Ph.D.
Associate Professor

School of Planning
College of Design, Architecture, Art, and Planning, P.O. Box 210016
Cincinnati, Ohio 45221-0016
(513) 556-0216
(513) 556-1274

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