2013-14 Catalogs

Certificate of Graduate Study in Community Planning & Development

The Certificate of Graduate Study in Community Planning and Development has two major objectives: to provide students with a firm grounding in land use and environmental planning, economic development; and planning for community and regional sustainability. These objectives are met through course readings, class lectures and discussions, case analyses, and problem-solving exercises in various community-based settings.

Those contemplating a career in local government, state government, or nonprofit organizations - and who are particularly interested in the fields of land use, economic development, and sustainability planning - are invited to discuss their goals with the coordinator of the certificate in community planning and development. Those who already practice in the field and wish to enhance their skills and understanding of the issues are also encouraged to discuss how the certificate in community planning and development could help advance their careers.

For More Information

For more information, please contact:
Charles S. Colgan
Chair, Community Planning and Development
Phone: (207) 780-4008

The certificate requires the completion of 12 credit hours of coursework. Students may select from among three specializations:

  • Land Use and the Environment
  • Community and Regional Development
  • Sustainability planning

Students may take other elective courses in the CPD program in addition to those listed below as part of their certificate program. Courses in the CPD core or in other graduate programs may also be included as part of the certificate if approved by the program chair.

Specialization in Land Use and the Environment (choose four courses; 12 credits total)

  • CPD 616 Planning Law (3 credits)
  • CPD 660 Introduction to Community Planning (3 credits)
  • CPD 664 Principles of Town Design (3 credits)
  • CPD 668 Local Environmental Planning (3 credits)
  • PPM 623 Risk and Public Policy (3 credits)
  • PPM 666 Environmental Policy (3 credits)

Specialization in Community and Regional Development (choose four courses; 12 credits total)

  • CPD 515 Citizen Involvement and Dispute Resolution in Planning (3 credits)
  • CPD 552 Introduction to Community Development (3 credits)
  • CPD 667 Housing and Real Estate (3 credits)
  • CPD 669 Historic Preservation through Growth Management (3 credits)
  • PPM 550 State and Regional Economic Development (3 credits)

Specialization in Sustainability Planning (choose four courses, 12 credits total)

  • CPD 502 Sustainable Communities (3 credits)
  • CPD 672 Food Planning and Policy (3 credits)
  • CPD 674 Social Justice and Planning (3 credits)
  • CPD 676 Energy Policy and Planning (3 credits)
  • CPD 677 Climate Adaptation Planning (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 mspssao@usm.maine.edu

Questions about the certificate? Contact Professor Charles Colgan at csc@usm.maine.edu or (207) 780-4008