Rollins College – Holt School




Master of Planning in Civic Urbanism Design Smarter, More Sustainable Communities

Communities around the country are striving to make life better for their citizens through well designed public spaces, energy efficient infrastructures, and convenient public transportation.

The new Master of Planning Civic Urbanism will provide the skills you need to help these cities and towns shape their futures. The program combines classroom work, professional expertise, studio projects, and internships to prepare you for a career in either private practice or government. Grounded in the liberal arts, the program will emphasize integrated knowledge rather than the technical aspects of the field of urban planning.


The Master of Planning in Civic Urbanism is a two-year, 36-credit evening degree program, offering a choice of two specializations: Place Making or Green Infrastructure.  Place Making courses focus on the design elements of planning, including drawing. Green Infrastructure courses address natural lands and their interconnection within metropolitan regions. Five core courses examine urbanism from the Renaissance to New Urbanism, planning theory and civic implementation, the economics of urbanism, land use law, and either drawing the urban landscape or green infrastructure and land analysis. Students will complete at least three courses plus a studio course in their chosen specialty, as well as three additional electives.

Expert Faculty

Among the esteemed Rollins faculty members teaching in the program, Director of the Program and Professor of Environmental Studies Bruce Stephenson and George and Harriet Cornell Professor of Politics Richard Foglesong have national reputations in the field of planning. Local practitioners with advanced degrees and teaching experience also will teach in the program. National-level experts will make guest appearances and teach short courses.

Learning Laboratory

The rapidly growing Central Florida region provides numerous opportunities for student involvement in local and regional development projects, while the beautiful Rollins campus and the city of Winter Park serve as models of the type of walkable communities students will learn to design.

To learn more about the program, visit Holt R-Net.