Graduate Center for Planning and the Environment

Program Brochure

The Graduate Center for Planning and the Environment (GCPE) is a unique alliance of four graduate-level programs with shared values based on urban sustainability and community participation and defined by the “triple bottom line” of environment, equity, and economy.

The four masters programs are:

All GCPE programs focus on applied research. Through studios, theses, capstones, demonstration projects, research initiatives, partnerships and public programs, students have an opportunity to make an impact. To learn more about our approach and collaborations visit the Research and Impact page.

Each has its own independent degree requirements, fundamental skills, and research focus. However, GCPE students may enroll in courses from any of the four programs to explore cross-disciplinary interests. The result is that students are empowered to create an individually tailored and multifaceted degree specialization.

GCPE programs provide an excellent practice-based education for students most interested in:

  • Collaborative design
  • Community empowerment
  • Community Health
  • Environmental and social justice
  • Heritage and culture
  • Inclusivity and diversity
  • Innovative practice
  • Multidisciplinary practice
  • Participatory and advocacy planning
  • Public Space
  • Sustainability

Through internships, partnerships, studios, and coursework, GCPE programs give students ample opportunity to apply their skills to real-world issues. Most GCPE courses are designed to allow students time during the day for internships, fellowships, and full- and part-time jobs whenever possible. Additionally, GCPE students have access to courses in the Construction Management, Facilities Management, and Real Estate Practice programs at the Pratt Manhattan campus. City and Regional Planning students can earn a dual Master of Science / Juris Doctor from the Brooklyn Law School. GCPE students enjoy strong advisement, a linked network of peers and faculty, and small class sizes, resulting in a strong sense of community and collaboration.

GCPE students have advantages that derive from our connections to the city and the institute. The GCPE’s half-century-long partnership with the Pratt Center for Community Development means that students have access to internships and projects with community-based organizations and civic groups throughout the city. An adjunct faculty made up of leading practitioners from private practice, government, environmental justice, community organizing, community development, advocacy, research institutions, and design practice helps students develop a professional network as they complete coursework.

Pratt Institute, one of the nation’s top art and design schools in the great borough of Brooklyn, allows for a truly interdisciplinary experience within one of New York City’s most dynamic neighborhoods.

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