Master of Community Planning


The MCP program is a PAB accredited professional program that provides an interdisciplinary planning education based on innovative and cutting-edge social and natural sciences, experiential learning, sustainable development, and community engagement approaches. With rich tradition of service to the community of the university and the college, the program provides opportunities for students with a wide range of undergraduate backgrounds to be involved in local and global community development and environmental quality projects. Furthermore, the program’s courses are continually updated to advance the planning and design of livable urban futures.

Planetizen has ranked the MCP program. It currently stands 16th in North America and 3rd in the Midwest Region. MCP is also ranked 7th among top programs allowing part-time students and 8th among those with the most international students. The Planning Accreditation Board has accredited the program since 1964.

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 and design subjects aimed to sustainable urban futures. The program recognizes the wide range of students’ undergraduate backgrounds and trains professionals for distinguished practice in planning and sustainable development. It integrates academic and professional practice with a deep concern for community development, sustainable urban design, and environmental quality. A special feature of the program is global exposure and opportunities provided by several programs and initiatives, including one in association with the Peace Corps. The school also offers a joint degree with the College of Law.

Completion of the degree requires two full academic years of study with a thesis project or capstone course, and completion of a semester of practicum (equivalent to co-op). The MCP program consists of 48 graduate credit hours. The University of Cincinnati is famous for its Experience-based Learning and Career Education, which developed the co-op program over 100 years ago. Over 4,500 students per year participate in this program. Practicum participation is formally noted on the university transcript. For more information on the MCP curriculum, click here.

The MCP degree prepares students for the professional practice of planning at local, regional, state and federal levels of government within the private sector with a planning consultant, land developer, law firm, economic development agency/corporations, and with non-governmental organizations.

Additional learning opportunities include summer abroad travels with universities in Europe and Asia. The curriculum is deliberately designed to allow students to take 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, sustainable development, green infrastructure, transportation planning, and economic development. Through the University’s certificate programs, MCP students can add a specialization in different areas such as: Urban Design, Geographic Information Systems, Historic Preservation, Real Estate, and Horticulture, among others. For more information on the certificate programs, click here




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.

Part-time Option

A part-time option is available for those students who meet the accelerated MCP admissions criteria, but who are unable to participate as full-time students. Some of the courses in the program are offered in the evening. A student with some degree of flexibility in working hours, can combine study with full-time employment.

Joint Master of Community Planning/J.D

The School of Planning participates in a joint degree program with the College of Law. Students enrolling in the Master of Community Planning program can participate in this program. Students who wish to enter this degree program must apply and be admitted to the Master’s program in planning and to the College of Law to pursue a law degree.

Study Abroad & International Programs

There are opportunities to partake in study abroad programs, both short-term study abroad classes and semester-long exchange programs. For more information on these opportunities, visit:  SOP's Study Abroad Programs and SOP's International Programs



If you have additional questions about the admissions process, please email or call 513-556- 4943. Visit the admissions page for more information.


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