MPPM in 3+2 Accelerated Undergraduate-Graduate Degree Pathway in Geography-Anthropology and Policy, Planning, and Management

The undergraduate Geography-Anthropology (GYA) and graduate Policy, Planning, and Management 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, policy 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 Policy, Planning, and Management (MPPM) program.  Students conditionally accepted may take courses in their senior year which will count towards completion of both the BA in Geography-Anthropology and MPPM degrees.

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:  Policy, Planning, and Management Courses
The following MPPM courses may be taken without prerequisite:

CPD 601/CPD 501 Planning Theory and History
CPD 502 Sustainable Communities and Sustainable Development
CPD 605/CPD 505 Introduction to Planning
CPD 615/CPD 515 Citizen Involvement & Dispute Resolution
CPD 660/CPD 560 Intro to Community Planning

The following MPPM courses may be taken with the indicated prerequisite

PPM 650 State and Regional Development
      Prereq: GEO 203 Urban and Regional Development
PPM 601 Quantitative Methods for Policy, Planning and Management
      Prereq: MAT 120 Introduction to Statistics

Requirements:

  • Complete all requirements for the BA in Geography-Anthropology as detailed in this catalog.
  • All conditionally admitted students will take CPD 602/CPD 502 during their senior year.  
  • Up to 18 credits from among the cross-listed and approved GYA-MPPM courses listed earlier can be taken by the senior year.  Students then enter the MPPM program with 18 credits of requirements remaining (allowing completion of the MPPM degree in one additional year of full time study.) 

Cross-listed courses may be curriculum requirements of the MPPM 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 Methods or Topical Electives within specified GYA tracks (provided they are taken from a minimum of two different professors) or other general electives within the major. 

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

Curriculum Requirements:  MPPM

The following courses in Group A count as electives in the MPPM Sustainable Development & Geospatial Technologies concentration

GEO 303/GEO 503 Economic Geography
GEO 305/GEO 505 Remote Sensing
GEO 308/GEO 508 Geographic Information Systems 1
GEO 408/GEO 518 Geographic Information Systems 2
GEO 320/GEO520 Conservation of Natural Resources
GEO 402/GEO 502 Urban Geography
GEO 481/GEO 581 Megacities and Global Planning Issues
ANT 306/ANT 506 Public Archaeology
ANT 308/ANT 508 Environmental Archaeology
ANT 315/ANT 515 Ethnographic Methods

The following courses in Group A count as electives in the MPPM Public Policy concentration

GEO 302/502 Gender, Work and Space
GEO 455/GEO 555 Gender, Race and Class in the City
GEO 308/GEO 508 Geographic Information Systems I
GEO 408/GEO 518 Geographic Information Systems II

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

 


 

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 MPPM program.
  2. The application shall consist of the standard USM graduate application, three letters of recommendations, and transcript.  One of the recommendations must come from the student’s undergraduate advisor and one from outside USM. 
  3. Upon conditional acceptance to the MPPM program, students may take courses that are approved for cross-listing between GYA and MPPM 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 MPPM program without further review.  Students who receive less than a B on one or more cross-listed course may appeal to the MPPM Admissions Committee to be fully matriculated.

 

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