The dual Master of Architecture and Master of City and Regional Planning degree seeks to educate those who wish to engage directly in the process of city building. The program is intended to meet the needs of planning agencies, consultants, institutions, and architectural firms for graduates who can deal competently with the design complexities of urban areas. The curriculum is comprised of the core requirements for each of the two professional programs and, in addition, a set of dual requirements that focus upon urban design as a common ground linking the theory and practice of the two disciplines. The dual curriculum builds upon five major bodies of material:
- Urban history and design theory as a way of understanding the formal and architectural order of the city
- Economics and development methods as a basis for formulating development projects
- Process and methods as a means of understanding professional practice and of designing policies and strategies that can be implemented in a private market regulated by public bodies
- The performance of design interventions in achieving specified economic, social, and environmental objectives
- Design studios as a basis for exploring architectural, urban design and development issues utilizing theory, method and professional practice paradigms
Students wishing to enroll in the dual degree program must apply separately and be admitted independently to each program. It is strongly recommended that students apply to the dual degree program before beginning studies in either program, and at the very least no later than the end of their first year of study in the first program. For prospective students not yet enrolled in either program by completing an online application. The program graduate advisors will forward applications on file in response to a request from a student. These materials will be reviewed during the regular admissions schedule in place in the relevant program.
Both degrees must be awarded simultaneously. That is, students enrolled in the dual degree program may not receive either degree until they have met the requirements of both degrees. More information is available from either the Architecture or City and Regional Planning office.
The Dual Degree Program in Urban Design requires the Graduate Record Examination and requires a portfolio. The application deadline is January 15 for admission the following fall semester.
Information regarding financial assistance for graduate studies at Georgia Tech, including loans, scholarships, assistantships and the Graduate Co-Op Program, is available from the College of Design, the Architecture Program and the City and Regional Planning Program websites.
Students earning both the MCRP and M.Arch degrees are expected to meet all requirements of each degree, including all core, specialization and studio requirements, with four modifications:
- Up to eight (8) credit hours of Architecture courses may be used as electives toward the MCRP degree
- Up to eight (8) credit hours of planning courses may be used as electives toward the M.Arch degree
- Students must complete at least twenty‐five (25) credit hours of approved concentration area courses offered in the College of Design
- Students enrolled in the dual degree program must complete one of the following two capstone alternative: a) a thesis supervised by a committee comprised of faculty of both programs involving at least five (5) credit hours of CP 7000: Master’s Thesis, and at least five (5) credit hours of ARCH 7000: Master’s Thesis; or b) the combination of six (6) credit hours of an approved ARCH 7090: Architecture Masters Project Studio, and at least four (4) hours of CP 8990: Applied Research Paper.
All students must complete a minimum combined requirement of at least ninety‐nine (99) credit hours. Course credit required may be substantially greater if the Architecture faculty determines that the student is not fully prepared for graduate architectural education upon admission.
Urban Design Concentration Requirements
Students enrolled in the Master of Architecture and Master of City and Regional Planning dual degree program must complete a “concentration” area. While most students will elect to follow the urban design concentration, other concentration areas are possible, subject to the approval of both schools. For the concentration in urban design, the following courses are required in addition to the core courses required for each degree program:
- ARCH 6151: Theories of Urban Design OR COA 6151: History of Urban Form
- CP 6834: Urban Design Policy and Implementation 3 Credits
- ARCH 6071 or 6072: Design and Research Studio I (Urban Design) 6 Credits
- Joint M.Arch and MCRP Master’s Thesis in Urban Design OR an approved architecture master’s studio and the CP option paper 10 Credits
- Elective course from approved list (3 Credits)
Total: 25 Required Credit Hours in Urban Design (in addition to core course requirements in both degree programs)
In the M.Arch / MCRP dual degree program, the required ARCH 6071 or 6072 studio section is jointly taught with COA 6011: Urban Design Laboratory in conjunction with the Master of Science in Urban Design Program. This course satisfies the Design Research studio requirement in the M.Arch Program and the studio requirement.
Mike Dobbins, City and Regional Planning
Perry Yang, Architecture and City and Regional Planning Advisor
Richard Dagenhart, Architecture and City and Regional Planning Advisor
Ellen Dunham-Jones, Architecture Advisor