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Department of Community & Regional Planning

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 theSoutheast—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. 


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

  • DCRP is 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

Other Information of Interest

  • Our BSUP program is 1 of 16 undergraduate planning programs in the country accredited by the Planning Accreditation Board (PAB). The MURP is 1 of 72 master’s programs at 77 North American universities.

  • The BSUP program has 25 students enrolled in the program for AY 2016 – 2017 while the MURP program has 46 students currently enrolled.

  • Students are pursuing research in: 

    • Urban land encroachment

    • Food security & geo-spatial assessment of the food store environment

    • Agricultural systems in the US and China

    • Greenhouse gas emissions as a sustainability indicator

    • Urban growth & solid waste generation

    • Sense of place, civic engagement & community development

    • Faith-based institutions and community Development

    • Zoning issues related to the “Tiny Home”

    • Energy & water consumption patterns

    • Urban sustainability indicators

  • Undergraduate as well as graduate students can get involved in the DRCP’s Urban Planning Association (UPA), which is a student organization dedicated to promoting the professional growth and development of students majoring and minoring in Urban Planning.

  • The UPA is affiliated with the Alabama State Chapter of the American Planning Association (APA) and supports student participation in activities of the both the state and national APA and the Association of Collegiate Schools of Planning (ACSP).

  • Huntsville, Alabama’s Planning Department provides opportunities for experiential learning and training for DCRP’s students.

  • Students interested in information about the L. Crump scholarship for undergraduate students should email for instructions.

  • For information about admission, contact the Admissions Office.

  • Information about Federal, State and University aid can be accessed at the Financial Aid web site.

  • For graduate students interested in applying to Graduate Studies for scholarships and assistantships, information can be accessed from the Grad Resources website or by clicking directly on the links below:

      =  Assistantship Application

      =  Application for Graduate Scholarship

DCRP – training future generations to create smart, healthy, livable & sustainable communities!


Contact Information


Dr. Berneece Herbert

Interim Chair & Program Coordinator (Liberal & Interdisciplinary Studies)

Dawson Building, Rm. 308G
Alabama A&M University
Normal AL 35762
Tel: 256-372-4988

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, Secretary

Tel: 256-372-5426/5425

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