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Master of Community Planning

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, with non-profit comunity organizations and, within the private sector, with planning consultants, land developers, law firms, economic development agencies/corporations or other businesses.

Additional learning opportunities include a summer abroad or exchange programs with universities in the Netherlands or Turkey. The curriculum is designed deliberately to allow for a large number of electives. This allows students to use all the opportunities that a great research university has to offer. Students may build their own specializations, especially using the faculty's particular strengths in urban design, environmental planning, physical planning and economic development and international planning. The curriculum also allows students to pursue university certificates in real estate, Asian and other area studies, historic preservation and horticulture, among others. Of note are that all 14 tenure track faculty have substantial experience abroad and that 6 faculty members form one of the strongest urban design concentrations in the country.

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.

Part-time Option

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 jointly sponsored by the American Institute of Certified Planners and the Association of Collegiate Schools of Planning.

Master of Community Planning


Admission Requirements




Additional Information
for the Master of Community
Planning Program

Joint Degrees

Career Opportunities

Financial Assistance


Additional Educational Opportunities
through the School of Planning

Study Abroad

US Peace Corps