Department of Political Science

Community planning program ranked among best in nation 

Published on Sep 25, 2019

cover of 2019 Planetizen Guide Urban Planning Programs

The Auburn University Master of Community Planning program has been ranked as a top program in two categories in the “2019 Planetizen Guide to Graduate Urban Planning Programs.” 

The AU MCP program is ranked 10th in the nation among “Top Small City Programs” (in cities with <75,000 population), and ranked 6th among programs with “Largest Percentage of Minority Representation.” 

Community 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.

“The MCP program is outstanding and these stellar rankings come as no surprise,” said College of Liberal Arts Dean Joseph Aistrup. “I encourage our faculty and staff to keep up the amazing work.” 

The “2019 Planetizen Guide to Graduate Urban Planning Programs” is the only comprehensive rankings of graduate urban planning programs in the county. The rankings methodology evaluates data using a quartile system, with 29 metrics organized into four criteria. More details on the methodology are available in the Guide and on the Planetizen website. Throughout the process, Planetizen consulted with the Association of Collegiate Schools of Planning's Institutional Data Task Force to ensure that the Guide met rigorous standards of data collection and analysis.

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