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Community Planning

The challenge this urbanized world poses is the substance of the planning profession. Planners are dedicated to developing innovative approaches to managing cities and planning their development. The constructive management of change is at the heart of the profession. Planning is growing in importance throughout the country, and the number of planners is rising rapidly.

Planners often work in local governments and communities, but their concerns are issues that affect the world - land use, social policy, historic preservation, transportation, housing, economic development, policy planning, environmental protection, urban design and international development. Planners are visionaries working for a better future through improvements in the quality of life in one or more of these areas.

Degree: MCP

Full-time program duration: 2.0 Years

Location: West Campus

Contact Information:

College of Design, Architecture, Art, and Planning
School of Planning
School of Planning
PO Box 210016
Cincinnati, OH 45221-0016
(513) 556-4943

Admission Requirements

The application for the Master of Community Planning program requires:

  • University Application for Graduate Study
  • Two letters of recommendation (3 preferred)
  • Professional resume
  • Results of a standardized test such as the GRE, the GMAT, the LSAT or the MCAT, with the GRE strongly preferred
  • Unofficial Transcript (to be uploaded with online application). Upon acceptance to the program, official transcripts, stating an undergraduate degree was conferred, must be sent to the Graduate School. (For International Students: Transcripts must be translated to English)
  • Statement of purpose. The two-page paper should describe your broader goals within the field of planning, and why pursuing an MCP degree is the right path for you. Please also describe your significant academic experiences and touch on why you believe that you can successfully undertake graduate study.
  • What Planning faculty members would you like to work with?
  • Applicants interested in a graduate assistantship should upload a one-page description of relevant skills and knowledge (such as teaching experience, computer programming, design software, statistics, languages, drafting/design, knowledge of research tools such as SPSS or SAS) that could be utilized as a graduate assistant. Be sure to include some qualitative judgment of your skills, and describe how you have used these skills in prior academic/work experiences.
  • International Students also need: TOEFL (Minimum TOEFL: 87 (internet-based test), IELTS (Min. IELTS: 6.5), or ELS (Min. ELS: 112) scores.
  • Portfolio optional



The University of Cincinnati and all regional campuses are accredited by the Higher Learning Commission.

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.

Program Details

Complementary Certificates

Master of Community Planning students may wish to complement their degree with a certificate.

This GIS Certificate Program is designed to meet the needs of both the novice, and experienced GIS professionals. Students who graduate from this program will have a solid understanding of the theoretical of GIS and rich hands-on experience with GIS software packages.

This program is designed to develop an appreciation for and a working knowledge of the issues and techniques involved in historic preservation. The Certificate is awarded upon the successful completion of a minimum 18 semester credit hours, including a core curriculum of four required courses and an internship, and other courses, studios, or projects required by particular departments.

The Urban Design Certificate will provide individuals with foundational knowledge about the art and science of cities through history to inform future visions for cities and places; introduce the skills and techniques to design livable, functional, and aesthetically appealing places in response to the current and future challenges of cities; and provide the ability to think critically, to encourage multidisciplinary solutions and appropriate sustainable design and management options that serve to promote harmony between the different facets of cities and places by considering them from a holistic perspective.

The Real Estate certificate is designed to provide students with a foundational knowledge of real estate financing and management while also allowing them to customize their  course work based on their individual goals and interests, such as real estate valuations and/or real estate investing.

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