Master of Community and Regional Planning (MCRP)
The MCRP degree prepares graduates to shape community and regional change, and work towards environmental sustainability and social justice for their communities and regions as well as the larger world. The MCRP degree program is the only nationally-accredited planning degree offered in New Mexico. Graduates work in research and professional careers with community-based organizations, nonprofit and international non-governmental organizations, private sector firms, and public agencies at the tribal, local, regional, state and federal government levels.
The MCRP degree emphasizes the intersections and interactions among people and both natural and built environments. We have a community-based approach to address intersecting issues in community and economic development, natural resources and environmental planning, and physical planning and design.
We are unique in that we are one of the few planning departments with an emphasis in Indigenous planning. The program is designed to allow students to also pursue a concentration consistent with their professional objectives. There are four MCRP concentrations:
Dual Degree ProgramsIn addition to its regular degree, the MCRP program offers dual degrees in Latin American Studies, Public Administration, and Water Resources that allow students to expand their education in interdisciplinary ways. Students interested in a dual degree must apply for admission to each program.
The dual degree is designed for students who are interested in the professional practice of planning in a Latin American context. Issues of particular importance to Latin American planners include land development, natural resources management, energy and water issues, economic development, migration, decentralization, regional integration, non-governmental organizations, and grassroots organizing.
The MALAS/MCRP degree is coordinated jointly by the Latin American Studies and the Community & Regional Planning programs. The Latin American Studies program is housed at the Latin American and Iberian Institute.
Prerequisites to the program are competence in either Spanish or Portuguese (400 level or higher) and basic course work in economics (micro and/or macro) and statistics. Deficits may be made up after admission to the program.
Contact: Associate Professor Claudia Isaac, firstname.lastname@example.org
This dual degree addresses the needs of students who desire public, private or non-profit careers in leadership positions requiring professional skill in community and regional planning and public administration. The program enables students to develop key knowledge and experience necessary to assess public needs, determine public goals and objectives, develop community-based strategies, and manage and resolve public disputes. Students admitted to the dual degree typically aim to become administrators and managers in public or private planning projects or programs working with local citizens, special districts, and local, state and federal public agencies. Graduates also work in a variety of consulting situations with community-based profit and non-profit clients.
Contact: Professor Renia Ehrenfeucht, email@example.com
The MWR degree is an interdisciplinary professional degree designed to prepare students for careers in water resources. All students take a core curriculum that includes a mix of technical and social sciences classes and select either a hydroscience track or a policy and management track.
A dual degree between the Water Resources Program (WRP) and CRP prepare students to make important contributions in both water resources and planning through a familiarity with the scientific discourse of water resources and the language and methodologies from community-based planning. Diverse groups are brought together to collaborate in the mediation of water disputes, especially in the Southwest where demands on limited water resources are increasing exponentially.
Contact: Professor William Fleming, firstname.lastname@example.org
Graduate students interested in a minor course of study in CRP must apply to the program. Minor application forms are available online or in the CRP office, George Pearl Hall Room 119. Students interested in a Graduate Minor in CRP must complete 12 hours of coursework:
Two of the following 3 credit courses: CRP 531 - Foundations of Community Development, CRP 532 - Foundations of Natural Resources, CRP 533 - Foundations of Physical Planning; CRP 534 - Foundations of Indigenous Planning
A CRP methods course in community development, natural resources or physical planning chosen in consultation with faculty advisor. (3 credits)
An elective in community development, Indigenous planning, natural resources or physical planning selected in consultation with faculty advisor. (3 credits)
Substitutions can be approved by the CRP Department Chair