September 9, 2019

Ohio State’s Master of City and Regional Planning Program Ranks 15th Nationally by Reputation

Planetizen’s 2019 Guide to Graduate Urban Planning Programs ranked Knowlton's MCRP program 15th nationally.

The Ohio State University master’s program in city and regional planning (MCRP) earned high marks in Planetizen’s 2019 Guide to Graduate Urban Planning Programs, rising to 15th nationally as ranked by planning educators, an increase from 16th in the 2017 rankings.

“We are pleased to see that our peers and colleagues in the field of city and regional planning recognize the value of the work we do at Ohio State. We pride ourselves on the innovative undergraduate and graduate degree programs we offer and a distinctly optimistic and aspirational approach to planning inclusive, sustainable, and equitable cities and communities," said CRP Section Head Jennifer Clark.

To formulate the program rankings, Planetizen considered 29 indicators across four main criteria areas: program characteristics, faculty characteristics, student characteristics and opinion of planning educators.

The 2019 Planetizen guide also highlighted program specialization with Ohio State included in seven distinct categories, including Community Development, International Development, Regional Planning, Social Justice, Sustainability Planning, Transportation Planning and Urban Design. 

The emphasis on community development and social justice in the CRP curriculum is evident in the recognition of Ohio State students winning the 2019 AICP Student Project Award from the American Planning Association (APA) for “Autism Planning and Design Guidelines 1.0” which also helped to establish the APA’s Planning with Underserved Populations Interest Group.

CRP’s specializations in international development, regional planning and transportation planning are also showcased in Planning Magazine’s recent profile of the CRP faculty’s smart cities research, and through new books on regional transportation and innovation and entrepreneurship by Knowlton School CRP faculty.

The Knowlton School’s City and Regional Planning Section at Ohio State celebrated its 60th Anniversary in 2018-19.