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What attributes characterize the Georgetown Urban and Regional Planning program?
Do applicants need to have completed specific coursework to be considered for acceptance?
Are there specialization tracks in the curriculum?
Are international issues incorporated in the curriculum?
What is the Planning Studio?
Are internships required?
Could you tell me about the faculty?
How many students are in each class?
Are there computer requirements for the program?
Do I need a license to practice urban planning?
If my question isn’t answered here, what do I do?
The program leverages three baseline resources in the design of the student experience: (1) the academic resources and traditions of scholarly excellence at Georgetown University, (2) the significant concentration of leading urban planning professionals in Washington, DC, and (3) the history and ongoing evolution of urban innovation in the neighborhoods and communities of the National Capital Region.
No. Urban planning is by definition one of the most interdisciplinary professions in society. As such, the program welcomes students with diverse backgrounds in the liberal arts, economics, social and physical sciences, architecture and engineering. The common denominator of all accepted applicants is a passion for cities and the aspiration to help lead communities into a sustainable and equitable future.
Yes. Beyond the core academic curriculum, students concentrate their coursework into one of three concentrations: Urban Design and Land Use, Housing, Community & Economic Development, or International Development. The program is currently developing two additional concentrations in Urban Investment and Urban Analytics.
Yes. The program firmly embraces the strategic importance of urbanization as a global phenomenon. This includes the recognition of global best practices as the context for informed decision-making as well as the rising need to position local planning initiatives in a highly competitive global marketplace. Students are encouraged to take advantage of the university’s global networks or incorporate international internships into their coursework.
This course called Planning Studio is offered every semester and is organized to position students in a place-based, interdisciplinary problem-solving context. Each studio is organized to serve an external client in a highly applied, clinical manner and coursework simulates the professional practice of urban planning.
Professional internships are not required to fulfill the degree. However, the program’s academic tools offer students many opportunities to structure internship engagements either informally as extra-curricular activity, or as a formal academic activity through the Independent Study course. Independent Study represents a unique opportunity for students to self-design a course of study which is either structured to engage an external organization or conduct independent research. Students may pursue up to two independent study courses.
The program faculty members are drawn from across the University and from across the community of practicing professionals in Washington, D.C. All program faculty members are appointed by the Faculty Director to leverage the intellectual capital and resources uniquely available in Washington, D.C. Faculty bring invaluable academic and professional experience into the classroom in a manner that incorporates deliberate responsiveness to the rapidly changing demands of the urban development marketplace.
Classes typically range in size from 8 to 14 students in order to maximize student discourse and highly personalized interaction with professors. Select survey courses are capped at 25 students.
All students are required to own a laptop or desktop computer that can run ESRI Geographic Information System (GIS) software. The software is provided free of charge to all URP students and is incorporated into the URP program curriculum.
There is no mandatory licence to practice urban planning, except in the state of New Jersey. Most practicing urban planners are voluntarily accredited by the American Institute of Certified Planners. According to the American Planning Association (APA) website, "the American Institute of Certified Planners is APA’s professional institute and provides the only nationwide, independent verification of planners’ qualifications. Certified planners pledge to uphold high standards of practice, ethics, and professional conduct, and to keep their skills sharp and up-to-date by continuously pursuing advanced professional education."
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