Department of Political Science

Curriculum

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

The first year of the program sequence 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.

Core Courses (30 credit hours)

  • CPLN 6010: Introduction to Community Planning (3)
  • CPLN 6050: Land and Urban Economics (3)
  • CPLN 6460: GIS of Planning and Policy (3)
  • CPLN 6450: Planning History and Theory (3)
  • CPLN 7200: Urban Design Studio (3)
  • CPLN 7240: Quantitative Methods (3)
  • CPLN 7430: Land Use Law (3)
  • POLI 7140: Public Budgeting (3)
  • CPLN 7600: Synthesis Studio 1 (3)
  • CPLN 7610: Synthesis Studio 2

Comprehensive Exam (required)

A comprehensive examination is required of all students who have successfully completed 24 credit hours of the MCP program and/or before registration for the Synthesis Studio courses. Students are notified of their eligibility for the comprehensive exam by the MCP program director.  

Electives (15 credit hours)

Through five (5) elective courses, 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, and international issues.

  • 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

 

Course Sequence - Fall admission PDF

Fall, Year 1 (12 credit hours) Spring, Year 1 (12 credit hours)
CPLN 6010: Intro to Community Planning (3)
CPLN 6050: Land & Urban Economics (3)
CPLN 6460: GIS of Planning & Policy (3)
CPLN 6450: Planning History & Theory (3)
CPLN 7200: Urban Design Studio (3)
CPLN 7240: Quantitative Methods (3)
CPLN 7430: Land Use Law (3)
Elective/Specialization (3)
   
 * comprehensive exams are usually taken at the end of the full second semester
 
Fall, Year 2 (12 credit hours) Spring, Year 2 (9 credit hours)
Elective/Specialization (3)
Elective/Specialization (3)
Elective/Specialization (3)
CPLN 7600: Synthesis Studio 1 (3)

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

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Course Sequence - Spring admission PDF

Spring, Year 1 (12 credit hours) Fall, Year 1 (12 credit hours)
CPLN 6010: Intro to Community Planning (3)
CPLN 7200: Urban Design Studio (3)
CPLN 7240: Quantitative Methods (3)
CPLN 7430: Land Use Law (3)
CPLN 6450: Planning History & Theory (3)
CPLN 6050: Land & Urban Economics (3)
CPLN 6460: GIS of Planning & Policy (3)
Elective/Specialization (3)

* comprehensive exams are usually taken at the end of the full second semester
 
Spring, Year 2 (12 credit hours) Fall, Year 2 (9 credit hours)
CPLN 7610: Synthesis Studio 2 (3)
POLI 7140: Public Budgeting (3)
Elective/Specialization (3)
Elective/Specialization (3)
CPLN 7600: Synthesis Studio 1 (3)
Elective/Specialization (3)
Elective/Specialization (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
planning@auburn.edu
8020 Haley Center
(334) 844-8409

Last Updated: May 23, 2018