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Department of Community & Regional Planning

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Welcome to the Department of Community & Regional Planning (DCRP) at Alabama A&M University. We are located in picturesque Huntsville, Alabama, home to Cummings Research Park, the 4th largest Research & Technology Park in the world and 2nd in the US. Our quality of life is second to none, with a wide variety of educational, recreational, and cultural opportunities. 

Huntsville is one of the most recognized cities in the Southeast—consistently named as one of the best places to live and work. Nicknamed "The Rocket City“, Huntsville has been important in developing space technology since the 1950s. 


Facts About DCRP

  • DCRP is the premier urban and regional planning institution in the state of Alabama providing a superior planning education.

  • DCRP houses two nationally accredited (PAB) Urban Planning Programs: a Bachelor of Science in Urban Planning (BSUP) and a Master of Urban and Regional Planning (MURP). 

  • DCRP’s student-centered program prepares graduates with the ​ability to enrich communities through leadership, entrepreneurship, creativity, social responsibility, and sustainable planning and policy.

  • DCRP produces Planning professionals with distinctive technical competence as practitioners, researchers and leaders who are committed to help build resilient communities and economies, addressing our nation’s most pressing needs, and positively impacting the health and well-being of human settlements.

  • DCRP’s student-centered programs prepare graduates with the ability to enrich communities through leadership, entrepreneurship, creativity, social responsibility, and strategic planning.

  • DRCP is committed to training students to develop creative and innovative ideas for enhancing the quality of life in cities and regions, and design healthy, livable, equitable and sustainable communities.


DCRP Programs
BACHELOR OF SCIENCE IN URBAN PLANNING (BSUP) (Students select either a minor or a specialization)
  Minors: Students can choose from Political Science, History, Sociology, Marketing, Finance, GIS, Construction Management or Computer Science.
  Specializations: Students may complete a special grouping of 18 credit hours which have been approved by the student’s advisor.
  Concentrations: Transportation & Logistics (proposed) and Urban Planning & Design (proposed)
  Concentrations: Any approved concentration from the Bulletin
MASTERS OF URBAN & REGIONAL PLANNING (MURP) (Students select one concentration)
  Concentrations: Environmental Planning; Housing & Community Development; Transportation Planning & International Development Planning


Contact Information


Dr. Deden Rukmana

Chair & Professor,
Department of Community & Regional Planning

Dawson Building, Rm. 308C
Alabama A&M University
Normal AL 35762
Tel: 256-372-4990

Dr. Jacob Oluwoye

Director, Center for Urban & Rural Research

Dawson Building, Rm. 308J
Alabama A&M University
Normal AL 35762
Tel: 256-372-49​94

Ms. Heidi Weaver

Tel: 256-372-5426/5425

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