MEPD Program of Study

The MEPD program is a two-year graduate program. The first year is focused on acquiring basic knowledge and understanding of the history, theory and practice of planning, ecology, GIS, research skills and community engagement. The studio sequence in the first year provides a workshop setting where students apply the information they are learning to a community-based project.

In the second year, the students are involved in a third neighborhood-based planning studio, as well as in shaping their master thesis or final internship practicum. They can focus their concentration on the existing ecological or cultural resource planning offers, or work with their advisor to shape a program tailored to their individual interests and career goals.

Requirements for the MEPD degree include satisfactory completion of all coursework, and an approved master thesis or practicum with an applied research paper. The 58 hours of the program are divided into core curriculum (37 hours), thesis or practicum (9 hours), and coursework in an area of emphasis chosen by the student (12 hours).

Year 1

Fall
  • PLAN 6520: Environmental Planning Studio 1
  • LAND 6210: Representation
  • EDES 6270: GIS and LAB
  • LAND 6310: Landscape Ecology
  • EDES 6650: City Planning
Spring
  • PLAN 6540: Environmental Planning Studio 2
  • LAND 6900: Research Strategies
  • EDES 6640: History & Theory of American Urban Planning
  • PLAN 6200: Planning Law
  • EDES 6540: Ideas of Community

Year 2

Fall
  • PLAN 6560: Environmental Planning Studio 3
  • PLAN 6124: Ethics, Justice and Professional Practice
  • Specialization Elective 1 (see below)
  • Specialization Elective 2
  • Specialization Elective 3
Spring
  • PLAN 7300: Thesis or PLAN 7200: Practicum
  • Specialization Elective 4

Certificate Programs

  • Certificate in Historic Preservation — 18 hours
  • Certificate in Historic Landscape Preservation – 18 hours
  • Environmental Ethics Certificate — 18 hours
  • Conservation & Sustainability Certificate — 20 hours
  • Certificate in Historic Landscapes (pending) — 18 hours
  • Food Systems Certificate (pending) – 18 hours
  • Geographic Information System Certificate — 17 hours