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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: Master of Community Planning

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.

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