Public administration and urban and regional planning have many aspects in common. To provide students with an excellent education through understanding of both professions, the School of Public Affairs and the College of Architecture and Planning have developed a dual degree program. Students can obtain both master of public administration (MPA) and master of urban and regional planning (MURP) degrees with a minimum of 63 semester hours, as compared to a total of 87 semester hours to complete both degrees independently.
To be eligible for the dual MPA/MURP degree program, students must be admitted to each of the two schools under their respective admission procedures and standards and indicate an intention to pursue the dual degree. Students will take all the core courses and the advanced seminar in public policy and management required for an MPA, plus the core and concentration requirements necessary for the MURP.
Students in each school must apply to the other school before completing 18 hours in their respective programs. Upon admission to both schools, students will be assigned an advisor in each school to work out a specific degree plan.