Joint Program in Urban Planning and Public Policy (MPP / MCRP)

The dual-degree program with the Bloustein School's sister program in public policy leads to a master of city and regional planning (MCRP) degree and a master of public policy (MPP) degree in three years. Students are accepted independently for both graduate programs after separate application to each but share concentrations, course electives, and requirements.


Three-Year, 72-Credit Dual-Degree Program* (36, MCRP and 36, MPP*)


Note that this is a savings of 24 credits compared to earning the 48-credit MCRP and the MPP degrees separately. Each degree program effectively accepts 12 credits from the other program; only one set of Methods courses are necessary (Methods I, II) but should be taken within the same program. A third methods course is required and may be chosen from several options. The third methods choice and all flight paths should be approved by the faculty advisor and originating program director.


Public Policy (PP):

24 credits of core courses*; 12 credits of concentration or elective courses, and the remaining 12 credits are UP courses that get transferred toward the MPP degree.


Urban Policy (UP):

24 credits of core courses, 12 credits of concentration or elective courses, and the remaining 12 credits are PP courses that get transferred toward the MCRP degree.


Concentrations are available in Community Development, Transportation, Environment, and Energy, among others. A sample model flight path is outlined below but can be modified based on individual needs:

 

Semester 1  
PP 34:833:510 Public Policy Formation
UP 34:970:515 Methods of Planning Analysis I
(PP accepts for 34:833:530 Methods I: Research Design)
UP 34:970:501 History and Theory of Planning
PP/UP Concentration Requirement
   
Semester 2  
PP 34:833:543 Economics and Public Policy
(UP accepts for 34:970:509 Urban Economy and Spatial Patterns)
UP 34:970:516 Methods of Planning Analysis II (PP accepts for elective)
UP 34:970:517 Survey of Planning Law Principles
PP/UP Concentration Requirement
   
Semester 3  
PP Policy Elective
PP 34:833:630 Policy Methods II: Data Analysis (UP accepts for 3rd methods course)
PP/UP Concentration Requirement
PP Elective (UP accepts for elective)
   
Semester 4  
PP 34:833:540 Management or Budgeting Requirement
UP 34:970:511 Graduate Planning Studio (PP accepts for Policy Practicum)
PP/UP Concentration Requirement
PP Elective (UP accepts for elective)
   
Semester 5  
UP 34:970:510 Graduate Planning Studio (PP accepts for Policy Practicum)
PP Elective (UP accepts for elective)
PP PP Applied Field Experience (summer)
PP Management or Budgeting Requirement
   
Semester 6  
PP Management or Budgeting Requirement
PP/UP Elective
PP/UP Elective
PP/UP Elective

Download MCRP-MPP Information Sheet

Download Program in Public Policy brochure