Professionals working in public administration and urban and regional planning have many interests in common. Both are concerned with achieving lively, healthy and sustainable communities. The skill sets that each profession brings to this task are complementary.
To provide students with an excellent education through an 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 the master of public administration (MPA) and the 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 can graduate when the requirements for both degrees have been completed. 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.