The Master of Environmental Planning & Design is a professional graduate program with an emphasis on a studio-based integrative planning process grounded in environmental and ecological principles. The purpose is to improve life and ecosystem health in regions and urban centers, incorporating cultural, historic and design elements, while engaging community process to identify and plan for long range city and regional goals.
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MEPD Program of Study
The MEPD program is a two-year graduate program. The first year is focused on basic knowledge and understanding 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 continue studio work and shape their master thesis or final internship practicum. They also choose a specialization, or work with their advisor to tailor a program specific to their interests and career goals.
MEPD Gwinnett Campus
The Master of Environmental Planning and Design (MEPD) program at the UGA Gwinnett Campus is a professional graduate degree program that allows for continuous full-time employment while pursuing the degree.
- 3 1/2 to 4 year program (part-time)
- Diverse study abroad and integrated service-learning opportunities including Costa Rica, Turkey, and other countries
- Preparation for American Institute of Certified Planners (AICP) designation.
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The Master of Environmental Planning & Design program admits only 15-20 students each year. Applicants are required to have an undergraduate degree. Students from all undergraduate disciplines are encouraged to discuss their potential for success in the MEPD program with the program director. An interview is strongly recommended so that applicants may meet the director, the faculty, and other students. Accomodations at the Georgia Center are available at a discount for prospective grad students.
Students in the MEPD program have access to financial aid from the College through its general scholarship and the graduate-level CED Alumni Association scholarship. To apply for the former, students should fill out the online application; the latter is only available to students nominated by their program coordinator.