Department of Political Science

Curriculum

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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.

General Curriculum Model 

Fall Admission 

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

Spring Admission 

Spring, Year 1 (12 credit hours)

  • CPLN 6010: Introduction to Community Planning (3)
  • CPLN 7200: Urban Design Studio (3)
  • CPLN 7240: Quantitative Methods (3)
  • CPLN 7430: Land Use Law (3)

Fall, Year 1 (12 credit hours)

  • CPLN 6450: Planning History and Theory (3)
  • CPLN 6050: Land and Urban Economics (3)
  • CPLN 6460: GIS of Planning and Policy (3)
  • Elective/Specialization (3)

Spring, Year 2 (12 credit hours)

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

Fall, Year 2 (9 credit hours)

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

Specialized Curriculum

Through elective courses, five (5) in total, students have the opportunity to focus on the following specialized areas: sustainable development and environmental planning, GIS and mapping, transportation, urban design, historic preservation, land use and law, revitalization and economic development, affordable housing, community development and non-profits, real estate development, public policy and administration, international issues, and some other self-designed focus. 

Electives:

CPLN 6000: History and Theory of Urban Form

CPLN 6030: Principles of Real Estate Development

CPLN 6040: Land Use Planning

CPLN 6060: Sustainable Transportation Planning

CPLN 6070: Environmental Planning

CPLN 6080: Affordable Housing Planning and Policy

CPLN 6090: Community Development

CPLN 6100: Urban Design Methods

CPLN 6110: Sustainable Urbanism and Smart Growth

CPLN 6120: Environmental Policy

CPLN 6120: Real Estate Market Analysis

CPLN 6400: Historic Preservation Planning

CPLN 6970: Special Topics – Cities, Planning, and Climate Change

CPLN 6970: Special Topics – Global Cities

 

For more information

Jay Mittal

Jay Mittal

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

Last Updated: September 22, 2017