2013-14 Catalogs

MCPD in Community Planning & Development

The Master's in Community Planning & Development (MCPD) program is for individuals who want to shape the environment and economy of cities and towns, and gain the necessary skills and knowledge for successful careers in planning and economic development. The CPD program provides the skills and knowledge to help communities diverse in size, structure, and composition to better balance economic growth, environmental quality and human welfare.

Many classes are open to qualified individuals without enrollment in the degree program, allowing prospective students to become familiar with the Muskie School and CPD program before applying. Non-degree students may take courses as a part of a certificate program (LINK), or may take individual courses. Up to 12 credits of courses taken as a non-degree student may be transferred into the degree program if students elect to enroll in the degree.

For More Information

To learn more about the Community Planning and Development program, please contact Professor Charles Colgan, csc@usm.maine.edu or (207) 780-4008.

The MCPD degree program requires 48 total credits. A required core of 30 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 (30 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)

 Students select a track from the following list:

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

Completion of each of these tracks requires twelve credits of coursework focused around the tracks’ themes. A joint-degree option with the University of Maine School of Law is available.

Land Use and Environment Track

Select three credits from the following list:

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

 Select three credits from the following list:

  • CPD 552 Introduction to Community Development (3 credits)
  • PPM 650 State and Regional Economic Development (3 credits)

 Select six credits from the following list: 

  • ANE 638 Reading the Cultural Landscape (3 credits)
  • ANE 641 Environment and Culture (3 credits)
  • CPD 581 Global Planning Issues: Megacities and Megacity Regions (3 credits)
  • CPD 625 Community Planning Analysis and Land Use Modeling (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 Workshop (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)
  • CPD 681 Global Planning Issues: Megacities and Megacity Regions (3 credits)
  • LAW 635 Land Use and Growth Policy (3 credits)
  • PPM 519 Communication Skills for Public Managers (3 credits)
  • PPM 503/603 Applied Research Methods (1 credit per module)
  • PPM 545 Grantwriting in Public and Nonprofit Organizations (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 Track

Required Course:

  • CPD 552 Introduction to Community Development (3 credits)

Select three credits from the following list:

  • CPD 660 Introduction to Community Planning (3 credits)
  • CPD 664 Planning Law (3 credits)

Select nine credits from the following list:

  • 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 513 Law and Public Policy (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 Track

Select twelve credits from the following list:

  • CPD 581 Global Planning Issues: Megacities and Megacity Regions (3 credits)
  • CPD 672 Food Systems (3 credits)
  • CPD 674 Social Justice and Sustainability (3 credits)
  • CPD 676 Energy Policy and Planning (3 credits)
  • CPD 680 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 513 Law and Public Policy (3 credits)
  • PPM 610 Foundations of Public Policy and Management (3 credits)
  • PPM 623 Risk and Public Policy (3 credits)

CPD students may also take any GEO-prefix course numbered 500 and above.  Students taking such courses should consult their advisor prior to registration in order to determine whether and how such courses fit their academic needs.

Please see the USM Graduate Admissions website for information on the admissions process.

Students will set their own course schedule depending on their circumstances, but all students are asked to complete CPD 601, CPD 615, CPD 605, and CPD 603 in their first two semesters of attendance.