RCPL Accelerated Programs - Christopher C. Gibbs College of Architecture

RCPL Accelerated Programs


Accelerated Programs

Regional & City Planning (RCPL) and Geography are complementary disciplines with skills in understanding people, programs, systems, behavior, and spatial implications.  At OU, we have three accelerated programs that allow exemplary students to pursue their B.A. or B.S. in one of Geography’s undergraduate degrees (Environmental Sustainability, Geographic Information Systems or Geography) and a Masters in Regional & City Planning in shorter period of time. Typically, a bachelor’s degree takes four years to complete and Master’s degree in Regional & City Planning takes two years, for a total of six years for the two degrees.  Our accelerated programs enable students to complete both degrees in just five years.

Students with skills in Environmental Sustainability, Geographic Information Systems or Geography who earn a Master’s in Regional & City Planning are more marketable for positions in government work, urban planning, and other multidisciplinary jobs.

Benefits of the OU RCPL Masters in Regional & City Planning

Students receiving the OU RCPL Masters in Regional & City Planning:

  • 85-95% of students over the last 10+ years students obtain a position in planning or planning related work within 6 months of graduation.
  • Graduates work in city planning departments, city community and economic departments, private consulting or development companies, real estate, and non-profit organizations.
  • Be part of a network of over 700 graduates in one of the oldest planning programs west of the Mississippi.

Admissions Requirements

Undergraduate students who are interested in this program should contact their academic advisor as soon as possible to begin mapping out their plan. Interested students should also verify and provide the below information to the RCPL Graduate Liaison using the form linked here (download):

  • Undergraduate students who wish to apply to this program must have a 3.0 GPA minimum and complete an abbreviated admissions application to the graduate program
  • Minimum of 2 faculty references
  • Unofficial OU transcript
  • Current resume
  • Statement of Intent (1-2 pages, typed; indicating your interest in joining the accelerated program with Geography-Regional & City Planning)

Undergraduates in one of the above bachelor’s programs must also submit an “Add/Change of Program” form with the Graduate College.