MCPD in Community Planning and Development

The Master of Community Planning and Development (CPD) degree program provides students at the graduate level the opportunity to acquire the skills, knowledge and experience to assist communities throughout Maine and northern New England in shaping their futures. The program focuses on training students and professionals in the principles and practices of applied sustainability so they can help harmonize the competing demands of economic, environmental, and social sustainability in communities with diverse populations and perspectives. The program is grounded in the tenets and ethical values of the planning profession, and seeks to prepare students to adapt to new and emerging roles of planners.

The CPD degree program requires 45 total credits. A required core of 36 credits (including the capstone and field experience) combines skills such as geographic information systems and conflict resolution with basic courses in planning - including theory and practice, economics, and methods of analysis. 

Core Curriculum (36 credits) 

  • CPD 501 Planning Theory and History (3 credits)
  • CPD 502 Sustainable Communities (3 credits)
  • CPD 505 Elements of Plan Making (3 credits)
  • CPD 515 Citizen Involvement and Dispute Resolution in Planning (3 credits)
  • CPD 603 Planning Workshop (3 credits)
  • CPD 616 Planning Law (3 credits)
  • CPD 622 Introduction to ArcGIS (3 credits)
  • CPD 696 Field Experience (0 credits)
  • CPD 699 Capstone (3 credits)
  • PPM 601 Applied Statistics for Public Policy and Management (3 credits)
  • PPM 611 Economics and Public Policy (3 credits)
  • PPM 640 Public Finance and Budgeting (3 credits)

Research Methods

Select three credits from the following list:

  • CPD 607 Analytic Methods for Planning and Development (3 credits)
  • CPD 625 Community Planning Analysis and Land Use Modeling (3 credits)
  • GEO 608 GIS Applications I (3 credits)
  • PPM 503/603 Applied Research Methods (1 credit; select three 1-credit modules)
  • PPM 602 Research Design (3 credits)
  • PPM 606 Survey Methods and Design (3 credits)

Electives

Students select 12 additional elective credits.  Students may choose to focus their electives in certain areas such as:

  • Land Use and Environment,
  • Community and Economic Development
  • Sustainability Planning

Suggestions for focus in electives include:

Land Use and Environment Track Focus

Select 3 credits from:

CPD 660 Introduction to Community Planning (3 credits)
CPD 664 Principles of Town Design (3 credits)
CPD 668 Local Environmental Planning (3 credits)

Select 3 credits from:

CPD 552 Introduction to Community Development (3 credits)
PPM 550 State and Regional Economic Development (3 credits)

Select 6 credits from:

CPD 581 Global Planning Issues: Megacities and Megacity Regions (3 credits)
CPD 625 Community Planning Analysis (3 credits)
CPD 661 The Site Planning Process (3 credits)
CPD 665 Transportation Planning (3 credits)
CPD 667 Housing and Real Estate (3 credits)
CPD 668 Local Environmental Planning (3 credits)
CPD 669 Historic Preservation through Growth Management (3 credits)
CPD 670 Growth Management Workship (3 credits)
CPD 672 Food Planning and Policy (3 credits)
CPD 674 Social Justice and Planning (3 credits)
CPD 676 Energy Policy & Planning (3 credits)
CPD 677 Climate Adaptation Planning (3 credits)
CPD 681 Global Planning Issues: Megacities and Megacity Regions (3 credits)
LAW 635 Land Use Law
PPM 519 Communication for Public and Nonprofit Managers (3 credits)
PPM 503/603 Applied Research Methods (1 credit each)
PPM 545 Grant Writing and Development in the Nonprofit Organization (3 credits)
PPM 623 Risk and Public Policy (3 credits)
PPM 633 Strategic Planning in the Public and Nonprofit Sectors (3 credits)
PPM 637 Intergovernmental Relations (3 credits)
PPM 666 Environmental Policy (3 credits)

Community and Economic Development Focus

CPD 552 Introduction to Community Development (3 credits)

Select 9 credits from:

CPD 581 Global Planning Issues: Megacities and Megacity Regions (3 credits)
CPD 661 The Site Planning Process (3 credits)
CPD 665 Transportation Planning (3 credits)
CPD 667 Housing and Real Estate (3 credits)
CPD 669 Historic Preservation through Growth Management (3 credits)
CPD 672 Food Planning and Policy (3 credits)
CPD 674 Social Justice and Planning (3 credits)
CPD 676 Energy Policy & Planning (3 credits)
CPD 677 Climate Adaptation Planning (3 credits)
GEO 605 Remote Sensing (3 credits)
GEO 608 GIS Applications I (3 credits)
GEO 618 GIS Applications II (3 credits)
GEO 658 Research Applications in GIS (3 credits)
PPM 519 Communication for Public and Nonprofit Managers (3 credits)
PPM 545 Grant Writing and Development in the Nonprofit Organization (3 credits)
PPM 550 State and Regional Economic Development (3 credits)
PPM 610 Foundations of Public Policy and Management (3 credits)
PPM 623 Risk and Public Policy (3 credits)
PPM 633 Strategic Planning in the Public and Nonprofit Sectors (3 credits)
PPM 666 Environmental Policy (3 credits)

Sustainability Planning Focus

Select 12 credits from:

CPD 581 Global Planning Issues: Megacities and Megacity Regions (3 credits)
CPD 672 Food Systems (3 credits)
CPD 674 Social Justice and Planning (3 credits)
CPD 676 Energy Policy and Planning (3 credits)
GEO 605 Remote Sensing (3 credits)
GEO 608 GIS Applications I (3 credits)
GEO 618 GIS Applications II (3 credits)
GEO 658 Research Applications in GIS (3 credits)
PPM 610 Foundations of Public Policy and Management (3 credits)
PPM 623 Risk and Public Policy (3 credits)

Visit the USM Graduate Admissions site for information on the graduate certificate program application process.

Questions about applying? Contact the Muskie School Student Affairs Office at (207) 780-4864 or darbique@usm.maine.edu

 

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