Work with real clients, on real projects, to get real results

The Master of Community Planning Program at Auburn University focuses on the skills that professional planners need. In fact, the MCP program has a 95% job placement rate in the planning field for graduates.

In almost every class, you’ll gain real-world experience with underserved communities through outreach, teaching, and research. And by working on projects with communities throughout Alabama and the Southeast, you’ll learn to help diverse and complex communities create and implement plans that improve quality-of-life.

The MCP program combines 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
  • A specialization based on your own interest

Accelerator Admission Details

Direct MAP Advanced MAP MAP Academic English
GPA 3.5 2.75 2.5 2.5
IELTSTM 6.5 (no sub-score below 6.0) 6.5 (no sub-score below 6.0) 6.0 (no sub-score below 5.5) Below 6.0
Qualifying Undergraduate Degrees 4-year undergraduate degree, or equivalent. All undergraduate degrees from an accredited university accepted.
Available Entry Fall or Spring Fall or Spring Fall Fall, Spring, or Summer

Direct MAP and Advanced MAP sub-scoring for English proficiency is not required for admission but is recommended.

Sample Coursework

  • Introduction to Community Planning
  • Land and Urban Economics
  • Urban Design Methods
  • Urban Design Studio
  • Quantitative Methods for Planning

Progression details

Direct MAP Advanced MAP MAP Academic English
Credits earned towards degree 9 6 9 0
Progression requirements Not applicable 3.0 GPA with no grade lower than a C 3.0 GPA with no grade lower than a C Successful completion of all Academic English program course content and approval from Master’s Accelerator team.

Total credit hours required for degree: 45

Tuition costs

All prices are listed in U.S. dollars.

Direct MAP
1 semester
Advanced MAP
1 semester
2 semesters
Academic English
length can vary
Tuition cost1 $15,710 $17,300 $27,000 $3,800-$7,300

Note: Costs above are estimates per semester based on current tuition and fees and anticipated increases. Actual costs may vary and are subject to annual changes.

Want to improve your English first?

Sign up for the popular Academic English program. Through Academic English, you’ll get personalized English language help to prepare you for success at Auburn Global and in your career.

Program Tuition: $3,800-$7,300 USD

The amount that students pay in tuition and required fees represents a sizable and important investment in their future. However, student payments alone do not cover the full cost of providing any of Auburn’s educational programs. Even after state appropriations are included, some programs require funding through additional fees in order to provide the high-quality learning environment that students expect. Like the basic tuition and fees, these additional amounts help to cover not only the direct costs of providing instruction and advising in these programs, but also indirect costs associated with Auburn’s role as a comprehensive center of higher education for the state. Tuition quoted for the Master’s Accelerator Program does not include college-specific fees associated with declaring a major within a college. These college-specific fees are charged per semester once a student gains admission into that college.

Ready to make a difference?

The Master of Community Planning program at Auburn University gives you all the tools to succeed. Give yourself a smart start to your career – apply now as part of the Master’s Accelerator program.