Department of Political Science

MCP-MPA Dual Degree

Community Planning is one of the essential activities carried out by governments in the United States, resulting in a significant overlap and synergism between expertise and career development in public administration and community planning. Thus, a dual degree program in the Master of Community Planning (MCP) and the Master of Public Administration (MPA) should be valuable and attractive for many of the students in these two fields.


Students apply separately to each program and are admitted (or rejected) based on the program 's current admissions criteria. They proceed normally through each program meeting the requirements for all MCP and MPA students. In essence (as detailed in the course requirements below), students take the core classes in both programs with the MPA core counting as MCP electives and vice versa. This allows students to receive both degrees with 57 credit hours, as opposed to the 88 credit hours that would be required if they were taken separately.


Required MCP Core (21)
CPLN 6010: Introduction to Community Planning (3)
CPLN 6050: Land & Urban Economics (3)
CPLN 6450: Planning History and Theory (3)
CPLN 6460: GIS for Planning & Policy (3)
CPLN 7200: Urban Design Studio (3)
CPLN 7430: Land Use Law (3)
CPLN 7600: Synthesis Studio I (3) *OR* CPLN 7610: Synthesis Studio II (3)
Comprehensive Examination
ePortfolio project


Required MPA Core (21)
POLI 7140: Public Budgeting (3)
POLI 7150: Public Personnel Administration (3)
POLI 7330: Seminar on Administrative Leadership and Democratic Government(3)
POLI 7350: Seminar in Public Administration (3)
POLI 7360: Seminar in Policy and Administration (3)
POLI 7920: MPA Internship (3)
POLI 7930: Research Project (3)
ePortfolio project

Options (3)
CPLN 7240: Quantitative Methods for Planning OR* POLI 7000: Research Methods (3)

Required Elective credits (12)
CPLN 6XXX+: two graduate-level electives (6)
POLI 6XXX+: two graduate-level electives (6)


For more information

Sweta Byahut

Sweta Byahut

Associate Professor and Director, Master of Community Planning Program
Department of Political Science
Auburn University, AL 36849
8020 Haley Center
(334) 844-8436

Last Updated: May 23, 2018