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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:

  • 24 credit hours of Latin American Studies coursework, including:  LTAM 510,  a minimum of 9 hours in each of the two areas of chosen concentration, and 3 credit hours of electives 
  • CRP 578:  Development and Latin America – a 3 credit hour bridge seminar
  • 27 credit hours of Community and Regional Planning coursework, including:  CRP 500, 511, 536, 580, 587, 3 hours of CRP electives, and 8 credit hours applied towards exit requirements

Students must also complete exit requirements for both programs.  Students may pursue a joint exit option of a thesis or professional project in MCRP with a focus on Latin America or complete the MCRP Studio and Plan II for MALAS.