Undergraduate-Graduate Accelerated Admissions Pathways

Geography-Anthropology and Community Planning and Development

The Bachelor of Arts in Geography-Anthropology and Master’s in Community Planning and Development programs in the Muskie School of Public Service offer an accelerated undergraduate-graduate degree pathway for prospective students.  

Geography-Anthropology (GYA) majors may now combine their senior year of undergraduate studies with the first year of graduate studies in the Community Planning and Development (CPD) program and receive a master’s degree in one additional year. The close disciplinary connections between these programs and their focus on the relationship between human populations and their natural and built environment, sustainability, community development, and planning allow for a unique educational experience.

Geography-Anthropology majors completing requirements toward their bachelor’s degree may apply in the spring semester of their junior year for conditional admission to the Master’s in Community Planning and Development program. Students conditionally accepted may take courses in their senior year which will count toward completion of both the bachelor’s and master’s degrees.

  1. Geography-Anthropology students who have completed (or are in the semester of completing) at least 84 undergraduate credit hours (approximately the “junior” year) may apply for conditional admission to the Master’s in Community Planning and Development program.
  2. The application shall consist of the standard USM graduate application, recommendations, and transcript. One of the recommendations must come from the student’s undergraduate advisor. 
  3. Upon conditional acceptance to the master’s program, students may take courses that are approved for cross-listing between GEO/ANT and CPD. 
  4. Upon satisfactory completion of the BA in Geography-Anthropology degree requirements, including receiving no grades less than B in the courses approved for both programs, students will become fully matriculated in the master’s program without further review. Students who receive less than a B in one or more cross-listed course may appeal to the CPD Admissions Committee to be fully matriculated.

Questions? Students may contact Professor Charles Colgan (colgan@usm.maine.edu), chair of  the Community Planning and Development program, Professor Firooza Pavri (fpavri@usm.maine.edu), chair of the Geography-Anthropology program, or their advisor for more information.



Environmental Planning & Policy and Community Planning and Development

The Environmental Planning and Policy undergraduate degree program in the Department of Environmental Science (DES) and the Community Planning and Development (CPD) graduate program in the Muskie School of Public Service offer an accelerated undergraduate-graduate degree pathway for prospective students. The close disciplinary connections between these programs and their focus on the relationship between human populations and their natural and built environment, sustainability, community development, and planning allow for a unique educational opportunity.  

Environmental Planning and Policy majors (with at least 80 undergraduate credit hours in the USM Core and DES major) may apply in their junior year for conditional admission to the Master’s in Community Planning and Development (MCPD) program. Students who are conditionally admitted may take courses in their senior year that will count toward completion of both the BA in Environmental Planning and Policy and MCPD degrees.

Admissions Procedure

  1. DES students who have completed (or are in the semester of completing) at least 80 undergraduate credit hours (approximately the junior year) may apply for conditional admission to the CPD program.
  2. The application shall consist of the standard USM graduate application, recommendations, and transcript. One of the recommendations must come from the student’s undergraduate advisor.   
  3. Upon conditional acceptance to the CPD program, students may take courses that are approved for cross-listing between DES and CPD.
  4. Upon satisfactory completion of the BA degree requirements, including receiving no grades less than B in the courses approved for cross-listing, students will become fully matriculated in the CPD program without further review. Students who receive less than a B in one or more cross-listed course may appeal to the CPD Admissions Committee to be fully matriculated.

Questions? Students may contact Professor Charles Colgan (colgan@usm.maine.edu), chair of  the Community Planning and Development program, Professor Robert Sanford (rsanford@usm.maine.edu), chair of the Environmental Science department, or their advisor for more information.

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