Department of Political Science

Curriculum

The Master of Community Planning (MCP) program is a professional, non-thesis degree. Students earn the degree by successfully completing forty-five (45) credit hours of course work, including a synthesis or capstone project. The plan of study incorporates lecture, workshop, and seminar courses.

The MCP program is flexible and responsive, allowing students to tailor a curriculum to meet their needs and professional goals. The first year of the program provides the methodological, theoretical, and substantive base of knowledge that is common among all planners. The second year allows students the opportunity to focus on one or more areas of planning. The capstone project is a two-semester long synthesis studio, in which students work on a professional plan for a real client.

Curriculum Model

The curriculum model offers concurrent degrees with the Master of Landscape Architecture, Master of Geography, and the Master of Public Administration programs

Students have the opportunity to focus on:

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  • Sustainable Development
  • GIS and Mapping
  • International Issues
  • Transportation
  • Urban Design
  • Smart Growth
  • Historic Preservation
  • Economic Development
  • Affordable Housing
  • Environmental Planning
  • Real Estate Development
  • Public Policy
  • Other Self-Designed Focus

General Curriculum

Fall, Year 1 (12 credit hours)

  • CPLN 6010: Introduction to Community Planning (3)
  • CPLN 6050: Land and Urban Economics (3)
  • CPLN 6460: GIS of Planning and Policy  – GIS (3)
  • CPLN 6450: Planning History and Theory (3)

Spring, Year 1 (12 credit hours)

  • CPLN 7200: Urban Design Studio (3)
  • CPLN 7240: Quantitative Methods (3)
  • CPLN 7430: Land Use Law (3)
  • Elective/Specialization (3)

Fall, Year 2 (12 credit hours)

  • Elective/Specialization (3)
  • Elective/Specialization (3)
  • Elective/Specialization (3)
  • CPLN 7600: Synthesis Studio 1 (3)

Spring, Year 2 (9 credit hours)

  • Elective/Specialization (3)
  • POLI 7140: Public Budgeting (3)
  • CPLN 7610: Synthesis Studio 2

Urban Design Focus Sample Plan of Study

Fall, Year 1 (12 credit hours)

  • CPLN 6010: Introduction to Community Planning (3)
  • CPLN 6050: Land and Urban Economics (3)
  • CPLN 6460: GIS of Planning and Policy  – GIS (3)
  • CPLN 6450: Planning History and Theory (3)

Spring, Year 1 (12 credit hours)

  • CPLN 7200: Urban Design Studio (3)
  • CPLN 7240: Quantitative Methods (3)
  • CPLN 7430: Planning Law and Ethics (3)
  • CPLN 6060: Sustainable Transportation Planning (3)

Fall, Year 2 (12 credit hours)

  • CPLN 6000: History and Theory of Urban Form (3)
  • CPLN 6100: Urban Design Methods (3)
  • CPLN 6970: Urban Design Implementation (3)
  • CPLN 7600: Synthesis Studio 1 (3)

Spring, Year 2 (12 credit hours)

  • CPLN 6400: Historic Preservation Planning (3)
  • POLI 7140: Public Budgeting (3)
  • CPLN 7610: Synthesis Studio 2 (3)

Sustainability and the Environment Focus Sample Plan of Study

Fall, Year 1 (12 credit hours)

  • CPLN 6010: Introduction to Community Planning (3)
  • CPLN 6050: Land and Urban Economics (3)
  • CPLN 6460: GIS of Planning and Policy – GIS (3)
  • CPLN 6450: Planning History and Theory (3)

Spring, Year 1 (12 credit hours)

  • CPLN 7200: Urban Design Studio (3)
  • CPLN 7240: Quantitative Methods for Planners (3)
  • CPLN 7430: Planning Law and Ethics (3)
  • CPLN 6070: Environmental Policy

Fall, Year 2 (12 credit hours)

  • CPLN 6060: Sustainable Transportation Planning (3)
  • CPLN 6040: Land Use Panning (3)
  • CPLN 6070: Planning and the Environment (3)
  • CPLN 7600: Synthesis Studio 1 (3)

Spring, Year 2 (9 credit hours)

  • CPLN 6070: Climate Change Planning (3)
  • POLI 7140: Public Budgeting (3)
  • CPLN 7610: Synthesis Studio 2 (3)

Economic Development and Real Estate Focus Sample Plan of Study

Fall, Year 1 (12 credit hours)

  • CPLN 6010: Introduction to Community Planning (3)
  • CPLN 6050: Land and Urban Economics (3)
  • CPLN 6460: GIS of Planning and Policy – GIS (3)
  • CPLN 6450: Planning History and Theory (3)

Spring, Year 1 (12 credit hours)

  • CPLN 7200: Urban Design Studio (3)
  • CPLN 7240: Quantitative Methods (3)
  • CPLN 7430: Planning Law and Ethics (3)
  • CPLN 6080: Housing and Neighborhood Conservation (3)

Fall, Year 2 (12 credit hours)

  • CPLN 6090: Community and Economic Development (3)
  • CPLN 6040: Land Use Panning (3)
  • CPLN 6970: Real Estate Development 1 (3)
  • CPLN 7600a: Synthesis Studio 1 (3)

Spring, Year 2 (9 credit hours)

  • CPLN 6970: Real Estate Development 2 (3)
  • POLI 7140: Public Budgeting (3)
  • CPLN 7600b: Synthesis Studio 2 (3)

For more information

Jay Mittal

Jay Mittal

Associate Professor and Director, Master of Community Planning Program
Department of Political Science
Auburn University, AL 36849
jzm0029@auburn.edu
8020 Haley Center
(334) 844-8409

Last Updated: August 30, 2017