About the Program and Predominant Track
The Master of Community Planning (MCP) program is a two-year professional program that accommodates various geographic scales as well as different planning subjects related to planning and the design of innovative futures. The program recognizes the wide range of students’ undergraduate backgrounds and trains professionals for distinguished practice in planning and development. It integrates academic and professional practice with a deep concern for community development and environmental quality. A special feature of the program is global exposure and opportunities provided by several School of Planning programs, including two in association with the Peace Corps. The school also offers joint degrees with the Department of Geography and the College of Law.
The degree prepares students for the professional practice of planning at local, regional, state and federal levels of government and within the private sector with a planning consultant, land developer, law firm, economic development agency/corporation or other business.
Additional learning opportunities include a summer abroad or exchange programs with universities in the Netherlands or Turkey. Through the university’s certificate programs, Master of Community Planning students can add a focus area such as real estate, area studies, a foreign language, planning, and historic preservation.
Accelerated Track (A Degree Program for Mid-Career Urban Professionals)
The Accelerated Track of the Master of Community Planning (MCP) is a three-semester professional degree program. The purpose of the program is to upgrade the skills and methods employed by mid-career community, urban and regional planners through the rigor of a demanding academic program catering to both their current needs and the emerging problems. Many urban planners, especially in small and medium-sized cities have had professional training in planning at the bachelor’s level and have been professionally active for several years. The accelerated MCP program provides them with the opportunity to return to school for an advanced degree. In line with the profile of prospective students as mid-career professionals, the course of study is closely related to professional activities. Each student will bring to Cincinnati a significant, complex professional dilemma of his or her home city. This is to be worked on throughout the year in relation to course offering each term and developed into an applied graduate project to be brought back to student’s place of employment for implementation or further development.
While all normal admissions requirements for the MCP degree at the University of Cincinnati must be satisfied for acceptance into the accelerated MCP course of study, additional requirements must also be met. This program is intended for experienced professionals. Consequently, admission is limited to graduates of Planning Accreditation Board (PAB) certified BUP programs with five years of professional experience after graduation. In exceptional circumstances, applications from individuals with degrees related to planning (e.g., architecture, geography, civil and environmental engineering, public administration, etc.) and eight years of experience in planning positions after graduation will be considered. Students applying from non-PAB accredited programs will be admitted only if the curriculum of the university where the degree was earned and the work experience of the particular applicant meets all SOP admissions standards.
For those students residing in the Tristate area surrounding Cincinnati, who meet the accelerated MCP admissions criteria, but who are unable to participate as full-time students, the degree is offered on a part-time basis. Several of the courses in the program are offered in the evening each quarter, and with some degree of flexibility in working hours, a student can combine study with full-time employment and finish the program in two years.
The Master of Community Planning program is fully accredited by the Planning Accreditation Board, an organization formed jointly with the American Institute of Certified Planners and the Association of Collegiate Schools of Planning.