Department of Political Science

Master of Community Planning

Community 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 University is a professionally oriented, master's 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 Auburn University's Master of Community Planning (MCP) program include:

  • Broad-based planning education with the opportunity to develop specialist expertise in one or more of the following areas:
    • Sustainable development
    • Land use and law
    • GIS and mapping
    • Place-making and urban design
    • Transportation
    • Real estate development
    • Revitalization and economic development
    • Affordable housing
    • Historic preservation
    • Community development and non-profits
    • Public policy and administration
  • 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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Jay Mittal

Jay Mittal

Associate Professor and Director, Master of Community Planning Program
Department of Political Science
Auburn University, AL 36849
8020 Haley Center
(334) 844-8409

Last Updated: May 23, 2018