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Research in Regional and Community Planning

Our Mission

We prepare graduates to be effective advocates of resilient cities and responsible for community growth and redevelopment. We engage in the exchange of ideas that develop strategic visioning to enhance quality of life in ways that are sustainable, equitable, and accessible to all our citizens. We contribute to the expansion of knowledge through research and its dissemination, outreach to various constituents, and professional education grounded in creative and critical thinking. Students and faculty engage in exploration, analysis, synthesis, and resolution of planning, design and management issues.  Our aim is to help communities effectively address challenges related to resource conservation, growing of diverse populations, and continually changing technologies and value systems.


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Planetizen’s 6th Edition of the Guide to Graduate Urban Planning Programs, 2019, ranked the Master of Regional & Community Planning Program (MRCP) 10th in the Midwest. The MRCP Program is also ranked 8th of Top Small City Programs in cities with less than 75,000 people. K-State’s MRCP Program is the only program in Kansas or the adjacent states ranked in the top 10.

Accreditation & Certification

The Master of Regional & Community Planning degree is accredited by the Planning Accreditation Board (PAB).

The Planning Accreditation Board (PAB) accredits university programs in North America leading to bachelor’s and master’s degrees in planning. PAB standards are developed with input from the public and our sponsoring organizations: the American Planning Association (APA); APA’s American Institute of Certified Planners (AICP); and the Association of Collegiate Schools of Planning (ACSP).

The next PAB Site Visit will take place during the 2021-2022 academic year.


Kansas State University's accredited Master of Regional and Community Planning degree qualifies graduates to take the American Institute of Certified Planners (AICP) Examination after completing 2 years of professional planning experience. The AICP writes, administers, and grades the exam. AICP certification is administered at a national level. 

The AICP Candidate Pilot Program provides students of PAB accredited programs with a path to obtain their certification early. Details are available on the AICP Candidate Pilot Program webpage.


We offer two tracks to the accredited Master of Regional and Community Planning Degree, STEM CIP 30.3301 Sustainable Studies for high school graduates, transfer students, and college graduates.

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Department of Landscape Architecture and Regional & Community Planning
College of Architecture, Planning & Design

1086 Seaton Hall | Manhattan KS 66506-2902 | 785-532-5961 | lrcpdept@k-state.edu