College of Architecture and Planning


City & Metropolitan Planning

M.C.M.P. (Master of City and Metropolitan Planning)

Program Purpose

The Master of City & Metropolitan Planning at the University of Utah is a professional degree that prepares students to achieve excellence and assume leadership roles in guiding the growth and development of cities and regions locally and globally. To achieve this, core courses convey knowledge and skills about the structure and function of the places we live along with mechanisms for building in harmony with nature, placemaking, capacity-building, and quality growth that emphasize place-based, integrated, collaborative, inclusive, and interdisciplinary approaches. Upon graduating, students have the ability to develop and implement urban plans and policies guided by the core values of livability, environmental sustainability, resiliency planning, the celebration of cultural diversity, social equity, and economic efficiency. Several advance to doctoral studies while most are employed in professional positions with government agencies at local, regional, state, and federal levels as well as private firms and non-profit organizations.

Learning Outcomes

  • Core values: Understand livability, environmental sustainability, resilience, celebration of cultural diversity, social equity, economic efficiency, interdependency, and prosperity as core values and goals of planning.
  • Knowledge and Skills: Understand the purpose of planning, history of cities throughout the world, the range of planning theory advanced to understand the structure and function of cities, planning law, ecological/sustainability planning, land use and transportation planning, urban design methods and practices, and mechanisms for bringing people together to envision and realize better futures. Acquire skills to undertake relevant research; think strategically as well as tactically; communicate clearly and effectively with a wide range of audiences through oral, written, and visual/graphic means; and engage in impactful practice through the development of plans and the ability to evaluate them and advance alternatives.
  • Collaboration: Work effectively to create plans and build teams with allied disciplines and professions as well as the range of stakeholders in any given project.
  • Leadership: Provide leadership in enhancing the livability of communities locally and globally as well as to the profession and discipline of planning.
  • Innovation, Creativity, and Entrepreneurship: Proactively source and synthesize a wide range of quantitative and qualitative information to generate and employ new knowledge and methods that advance the health and well-being of places and communities as well as the planning discipline and profession.