Internal Dual Degree for MCRP + MS-GIST


Students in the MCRP/MS-GIST internal dual degree program earn two complementary sets of strong educational credentials, and they graduate in only two years plus one semester rather than the three years required by the two separate degrees.  Graduates of the program are prepared for employment in professions related to both geospatial technologies and city planning. The program’s graduates work for a wide-variety of employers including private sector consulting companies, non-profit organizations, and government agencies at every level of government. MCRP/MS-GIST graduates are also well-prepared to pursue Ph.D. work in city and regional planning or geographic information science.

For more information please contact Johnnie Sawyer, Academic Advisor II.


Students in the MCRP/MS-GIST degree program will typically complete the program in two years and one semester.  This is achieved by counting three 3-credit GIS classes as both (1) required courses in the MS-GIST; and, (2) electives in the MCRP.  In addition the CP 6024 course (which is required for both degrees) provides four additional credits that are counted toward both degrees.  The program requires a total of 76 credit hours rather than the 89 credit hours required for separate completion of the two degrees.  Other than counting 13 credits toward both degrees, students must meet all other program requirements for each separate degree, so graduates receive the full curriculum for both degrees.

Students’ first year will consist of normal coursework for either the MCRP or MS-GIST degree.  During students’ second year they will take the initial two semesters of coursework from the alternate program.  In the fall semester of the third year students will take the final set of courses for the MCRP degree.  In addition, all students will serve a normal summer MCRP internship after taking the initial year of MCRP courses, and in the summer following two semesters of MS-GIST coursework students will take two GIS classes in the summer session.

To download a sample program of study, please click here.

Student applications are reviewed by each program independently and students are admitted to the dual degree after being accepted by both programs. 

Program Advisors

Michael Elliott, City & Regional Planning 
William Drummond, City & Regional Planning