Department of Political Science

Alabama City Year Program

The hallmark of Auburn University's Master of Community Planning (MCP) program is the opportunity for students to engage with communities throughout Alabama and the Southeast in nearly every class.

Every year, through a competitive process, the MCP program chooses an underserved community to work with. That community becomes the center of focus for projects in classes such as urban economics, land use planning, urban design, sustainable transportation planning, community development, historic preservation planning, and the plan-making studio.

Students have the opportunity to gain a deep and broad understanding of the issues in a city, while providing the city with invaluable information and ideas. Through numerous site visits and field trips with city planners, mayors, community groups, and the public, students are able to gain extensive and valuable insight about planning practice. They present their work in professional forums such as city council meetings, planning commission meetings, to community groups, or through public participation processes.

This also allows students to develop a comprehensive portfolio of work that helps them showcase their expertise to future employers, and it puts students in contact with future employers. It allows the program to provide students with real-world experiences and prepares them to enter the planning profession with the tools that they need to solve community problems.

Cities that the MCP program has partnered with in recent years include Montgomery, AL; Dothan, AL; Mobile, AL; Prattville, AL; Tuskegee,AL; Auburn-Opelika, AL, and LaGrange, GA. Some of these projects are highlighted and can be viewed in the Auburn City Year Program ePortfolio. However, the ePortfolio is under construction and is being updated to add more student projects.

If you are a community interested in partnering with the MCP program, please contact Jay Mittal at

For more information

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: October 24, 2018