Cornell University - Department of City and Regional Planning

Why you should consider this program

Cornell's renowned Master of Regional Planning (M.R.P.) program combines theory and practice in both domestic and international realms, providing each student with a foundation in city and regional planning and spatial theory, economics, and the tools of planning analysis — both qualitative and quantitative. Each year, entering M.R.P. students create individualized programs, building on the department's core curriculum and selecting elective classes to reflect personal goals. Through almost unparalleled access to internships and workshops, M.R.P. students test their ideas, research, and coursework in practice, while bringing real world problems back into the classroom for critical examination. This provides an opportunity for RPCVs to continue their service to those in need while completing a rigorous and personally meaningful program of academic study. Beyond the core curriculum, the department offers four concentrations. The first three — Designing the City, Economic Development Planning, and Land Use and Environmental Planning — are thematic, while the fourth, International Studies in Planning (ISP), is for students wishing to work outside the U.S. It is common for students in ISP to also work in the other three concentrations.

Benefits for Coverdell Fellows

Tuition/fees for Complete Program Value of Coverdell Fellowship Net cost *
In state $ 85,376 $ 28,174 $ 57,202
Out of state $ 85,376 $ 28,174 $ 57,202
* Net cost is equal to tuition/fees minus fellowship value. For some universities, the fellowship value includes non-tuition/fee benefits such as health insurance or housing—see the first point below for more details.

Where the cost savings value of the Coverdell Fellowship comes from

All Fellows receive a minimum award of 33% of the total value of tuition and fees. The awarded amount will be divided between a tuition reduction grant and a work stipend to help cover living expenses. Amounts vary by year. Other possible opportunities include working as the on campus Peace Corps campus recruiter, a FLAS (Foreign Language Area Studies) Fellowship, a position as a graduate resident adviser, or the Telluride Fellowship (available every 2 years).

Fellowships awarded per year (average)


Other benefits or opportunities

Other possible opportunities include working as the on campus Peace Corps campus recruiter.

Annual cost of living (estimated)

$ 37,165

Application fee waived?



Over the summer, Paul D. Coverdell Fellows/USA participants will receive staff support in identifying and generating diverse summer internships in fields and locations of their choice. These internships typically provide stipends of $3,750 to be awarded on a 50-50 basis, combining Cornell and employer matching funds. Following the completion of their summer internship, Paul D. Coverdell Fellows/USA students return to campus to complete their second and final year of course work. Upon completion of the 60 required units of course work and submission of their independent writing requirement, participants are eligible to receive their M.R.P. professional degree.

Jobs for program alumni

Paul D. Coverdell Fellows from Cornell have gone on to work for a number of organizations, including USAID, Pathstone Development Corporation, RUPCO, Layton Boulevard West Neighbors, senior analyst for Boston Consulting Group, Urban Ecology Center, USDA, Helber Hastert and Fee, FEMA, UCLA, Ithaca Neighborhood Housing Services, Fingerlakes Wealth Management, SUM Consulting, Community Development Department in the City of Las Cruces, Transportation Manager for University Circle INC, Planner for Kodiak Island Borough, FAO, Park Planner for City of Detroit, Planner for City of Reading, PA, Planner for City of San Jose, CA, Colorado West Land Trust, and NYC Dept of Housing Preservation and Development.

Other details

Program length

2 years

Application requirements

college transcripts, letters of recommendation, personal statement, GRE is not required.

Admissions process

Check the Coverdell box on the application.

Program begins

Late August

Year Coverdell Fellows partnership started



Jennifer McKean, Program Assistant

Cornell University
110 Sibley Hall
Ithaca, NY 14853