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This dual degree program is designed for students who are interested in the professional practice of planning in a Latin American context. The Community & Regional Planning program is dedicated to planning and advocating for sustainable communities and ecosystems throughout the Southwest region and Latin America. MALAS/MCRP students learn to assist Latin American communities to create community-based plans and programs that sustain and enhance their culture, resource base, built environment and economic vitality. The program promotes participatory processes that respond to community identities and development needs.

The program requires a minimum of 54 credit hours of graduate credit (compared to 72 credit hours if the two degrees were pursued separately). The required graduate credit hours include: CRP 578, a 3 credit hour bridge seminar; 22 credit hours of course work in Community & Regional Planning; 24 credit hours of course work in Latin American Studies, including a minimum of 9 hours in each of the two areas of chosen concentration; and 5 approved elective credit hours.