MCPD in 3+2 Accelerated Undergraduate -Graduate Degree Pathway in Geography-Anthropology and Community Planning & Development

The undergraduate Geography-Anthropology (GYA) and graduate Community Planning and Development (CPD) programs 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 undergraduate-graduate educational opportunity.

Geography-Anthropology majors (with at least 84 undergraduate credit hours in the Core and GYA major) may apply in their junior year for conditional admission to the Master’s in Community Planning & Development (MCPD) program.  Students conditionally accepted may take courses in their senior year which will count towards completion of both the BA in Geography-Anthropology and MCPD degrees.

Requirements:

  • Complete all requirements for the BA in Geography-Anthropology as detailed in this catalog.
  • All conditionally admitted students will take CPD 601/CPD 501 and CPD 602/CPD 502 during their senior year.  
  • 24 credits from among the cross-listed and approved GYA-CPD courses listed earlier must be taken in the senior year.  Students then enter the CPD program with 24 credits of requirements remaining (allowing completion of the CPD degree in one additional year of full time study.) 

Cross-listed courses may be curriculum requirements of the CPD and GYA programs as follows:

Curriculum Requirements: BA in GYA

Courses in Group A (see below) may be used to meet the GYA requirements for Topical, Regional or Ethnography Electives (provided they are taken from a minimum of two different professors) or other general electives within the major, or as meeting the requirement for a Techniques or Applied Course. 

Course in Group B (see below) may be used to meet requirements for elective at the 300 level or above.

Curriculum Requirements: MCPD

The following courses in Group A count as electives in the MCPD Land Use and Environment Track

GEO 320/GEO520 Conservation of Natural Resources
ANT 308/ANT 508 Environmental Archaeology

The following courses in Group A count as electives in the MCPD Community and Regional Development Track

GEO 303/GEO 503 Economic Geography
GEO 350/GEO 550 Geography of International Development
GEO 402/GEO 502 Urban Geography
GEO 455/GEO 555 Gender, Race and Class in the City
GEO 481/GEO 581 Megacities and Global Planning Issues

The following courses in Group A meet the requirements for a methods course in the MCPD

GEO 408/GEO 518/GEO 618 GIS Applications 2
ANT 315/ANT 515 Ethnographic Methods
GEO 305/GEO 505/GEO 605 Remote Sensing
ANT 306/ANT 506 Public Archaeology
ANT 355/ANT 555 Public Interpretation in Anthropology

The field experience/internship elective for GYA may be used to meet the field experience requirement for CPD provided the internship is taken during the Senior Year, meets the requirements for the CPD field experience and is approved by the CPD chair (or designee) prior to beginning the internship.

Conditionally admitted students will be assigned a CPD advisor who will, with the students GYA advisor, work with the student in their senior year.

Courses Available to Conditionally Admitted Students

Students in their junior year in the Geography-Anthropology BA degree program and having completed at least 84 undergraduate credits will be eligible to enroll in the following courses at the graduate level:

Group A: Geography-Anthropology Courses
The following GYA courses will be available for graduate credit to conditionally admitted students.  (Graduate credit is granted upon satisfactory completion of additional work as assigned by the course instructor). 

GEO 303/GEO 503 Economic Geography
GEO 320/ GEO 520 Conservation of Natural Resources
GEO 350/ GEO 550 Geography of International Development
GEO 402/ GEO 502 Urban Geography
GEO 455/ GEO 555 Gender, Race and Class in the City
GEO 305/GEO 505/GEO 605 Remote Sensing
GEO 308/GEO 508/CPD 608 GIS Applications 1
GEO 408/GEO 518/GEO 618 GIS Applications 2
GEO 481/GEO 581 Megacities and Global Planning Issues
ANT 315/ANT 515 Ethnographic Methods: Ethics and Practice
ANT 308/ANT 508 Environmental Archaeology
ANT 360/ANT 560 Public Archaeology
ANT 355/ANT 555 Public Interpretation in Anthropology

Group B: Community Planning & Development Courses
The following CPD courses may be taken without prerequisite:

CPD 601/CPD 501 Planning Theory and History
CPD 602/CPD 502 Sustainable Communities
CPD 605/CPD 505 Elements of Plan Making
CPD 615/CPD 515 Citizen Involvement & Dispute Resolution
CPD 660/CPD 560 Intro to Community Planning

The following CPD courses may be taken with the indicated prerequisite

PPM 650 State and Regional Development
               (Prereq: GEO 203 Urban and Regional Development)
CPD 652/CPD 552 Intro to Community Development
               (Prereq: GEO 455/GEO 555 Gender, Race, and Class in the City)

 

Admissions Procedure:

  1. GYA students who have completed, or are in the semester of completion, at least 84 undergraduate credit hours (approximately the second semester of their junior year) may apply for conditional admission to the MCPD 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 MCPD program, students may take courses that are approved for cross-listing between GYA and CPD as set forth below. 
  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 MCPD program without further review.  Students who receive less than a B on one or more cross-listed course may appeal to the CPD Admissions Committee to be fully matriculated.

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