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What will I learn?

The MCRP degree prepares graduates to shape community and regional change, and work towards environmental sustainability and social justice for their communities and regions as well as the larger world. The MCRP degree program is the only nationally-accredited planning degree offered in New Mexico. Graduates work in research and professional careers with community-based organizations, nonprofit and international non-governmental organizations, private sector firms, and public agencies at the tribal, local, regional, state and federal government levels.

The MCRP degree emphasizes the intersections and interactions among people and both natural and built environments. We have a community-based approach to address intersecting issues in community and economic development, natural resources and environmental planning, and physical planning and design. We are unique in that we are one of the few planning departments with an emphasis in Indigenous planning. The program is designed to allow students to also pursue a concentration consistent with their professional objectives.

Community Development

This concentration builds community development knowledge and skills. It focuses on the forces that produce inequality, how people work to create opportunity, and how planners can contribute to promoting a fair distribution of resources. Community development focuses on community-based approaches to effecting change, economic development techniques, and tools that enhance quality of life.

The coursework encompasses the economic, political and social aspects of planning. Students are taught the planning concepts and skills necessary to assist and work with communities. The emphasis integrates key techniques that identify and understand the historical, present and future patterns of individual and organizational action as well as to anticipate and predict the consequences of actions on other communities.

Which department am I in?

School of Architecture and Planning

Study options

Full Time (2 years)

Tuition fees
US$21,830.00 per year
Start date

17 January 2022

Venue

School of Architecture and Planning

MSC04 2530,

1 University of New Mexico,

ALBUQUERQUE,

New Mexico,

87131, United States

Entry requirements

For students from United States

Earned degree that is the equivalent to a U.S. Bachelor degree. Minimum of a 3.0 grade point average (GPA) on a U.S. 4.0 scale or comparable grade point average in upper-division (junior and senior level) university course work and in any graduate work already completed.

For international students

Earned degree that is the equivalent to a U.S. Bachelor degree. Please note that some bachelor degrees are based on a three-year program and are not considered equivalent to the U.S. bachelor degree.

Academic Preparation: Minimum of a 3.0 grade point average (GPA) on a U.S. 4.0 scale or comparable grade point average in upper-division (junior and senior level) university course work and in any graduate work already completed.

English Proficiency Test Requirements: Graduate TOEFL: PBT – 550; IBT – 79, Graduate IELTS: 6.5, Graduate Pearson Test of English: 53.

Application Deadlines Priority Fall Admissions: December 1st (International)

*There may be different IELTS requirements depending on your chosen course.

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