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. There are four MCRP concentrations:

Community Development

Indigenous Planning

Natural Resources & Environmental Planning

Physical Planning & Design

The MCRP degree requires a minimum of 48 credit hours. Many fulltime students complete the program in 2 years with summer courses. The program can also be completed on a part time basis. Degree requirements and program curriculum can be found here. A Graduate Review is required, typically at the end of the first year in the program. Graduate Review Guidelines are here. Information about MCRP student achievement can be found here.

Dual Degree Programs

In addition to its regular degree, the MCRP program offers dual degrees in Latin American Studies, Public Administration, and Water Resources that allow students to expand their education in interdisciplinary ways. Students interested in a dual degree must apply for admission to each program.

MCRP and Master of Arts in Latin American Studies (MALAS)

MCRP and Master of Public Administration (MPA)

MCRP and Master of Water Resources (MWR)

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


School of Architecture and Planning

MSC04 2530,

1 University of New Mexico,


New Mexico,

87131, United States

Entry requirements

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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