Department of Political Science

Master of Community Planning

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Urban Planning is a profession that offers a wide range of opportunities for people with many different talents and aspirations. Planning is concerned with the use of land, protection of the environment, public welfare, the design of public spaces and infrastructure, and the economy. The Community Planning program at Auburn is a professionally-oriented, professional masters degree program. The hallmark of the program is the opportunity for students to work with real clients, on real planning projects, in almost every class.

Distinctive features of the Auburn MCP program include:

  • Broad-based education with the opportunity to develop specialist expertise in one or more of the following areas:
    • Sustainability, land use, and the environment
    • GIS and mapping
    • Place-making and community design
    • Real Estate Development
    • Revitalization and economic development
    • Policy and public administration
    • Or create a specialization based on your own interest
  • Small class sizes with individual attention
  • The opportunity to participate in the MCP program’s Alabama City Year program, which provides real-life, practical experience in nearly every class for a real client in the Southeast.
  • An interdisciplinary, practice-based learning environment
  • All majors, degrees, and backgrounds welcome
  • 95% job placement rate in the planning field upon graduation

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Rebecca Retzlaff

Rebecca Retzlaff

Associate Professor and Program Director
Department of Political Science
Auburn University, AL 36849
8018 Haley Center
(334) 844-5429

Last Updated: July 26, 2016