Applicants need a strong academic record and some field experience. Also considered are promising applicants who are changing fields. students come from a variety of academic and professional backgrounds, including but not limited to public policy, urban design & planning, architecture, economics, political science and engineering. Applicants are urged to give considerable thought to their Statement of Objectives, which, coupled with experience and references, is the most important element of the admissions process.
Applications are to be made online. See the Department website for full information.
Note the GRE requirements.
Months of entry
The MCP focuses on the skills and specialized knowledge needed to fill traditional and emerging planning roles & emphasizes the mastery of the tools necessary for effective practice. It provides graduate professional education for persons who will assume planning roles in public, private, and nonprofit agencies, firms, and international institutions, in the United States and abroad.
An intensive course of study stresses skills for policy analysis and institutional intervention. MCP graduates work in a broad array of roles, from traditional city planning to economic, social, and environmental planning. In addition to its basic core requirements, the program offers four areas of specialization:
- city design & development;
- environmental policy & planning;
- housing, community & economic development;
- international development.
MCP students, in their application to the department, select one of these areas of specialization and, when applicable, indicate interest in the department programs in Transportation Policy and Planning, Urban Information Systems, and Regional Planning.
During the course of four semesters, students typically take about 14 subjects (in addition to thesis prep and thesis) from a selection of about 90 graduate subjects offered by the Department and additional courses offered elsewhere at MIT, Harvard and other area universities. Independent Activities Period (IAP) in January offers the opportunity to take additional short subjects or workshops or to conduct thesis research.
Fees and funding
British citizens who are – or will be – graduates of British universities should check out Kennedy Scholarships.
These awards offer full tuition and health insurance coverage and a generous stipend towards living expenses which is means-tested. They are offered annually in competition.
Please note that you will need to submit your application to the award ahead of the deadline for MIT application. Kennedy Scholarship applications are to be made online via the website between mid-August and late-October in the same application season as you will submit your application to MIT. Please also note they are totally separate from, and independent of, admission to the program. Awards made at interview in London in January are provisional, pending confirmation of a place on the course.
See the website for full information.
Qualification and course duration
Course contact details
- MIT DUSP
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