The dual master’s degrees program in City and Regional Planning and Public Policy prepares students for urban policy analysis work at the national, state, and local levels. Graduates would work in policy, planning and/or political settings building upon the complementary perspectives and skills of the two professions. The dual degree also provides the opportunity to step toward Ph.D. programs in either City and Regional Planning or Public Policy with an emphasis on Urban, Environmental, or Development Policy.


Students wishing to enroll in the dual degree program must apply separately and be admitted independently to each program: the MCRP and MS/PUBP.

For prospective students not yet enrolled in either the MCRP or MS/PUBP program, an application should be submitted to each program separately.

Students currently enrolled in and pursuing either the MCRP or the MS/PUBP and seeking admission to the dual MCRP-MS/PUBP degree program should apply directly to the other program by submitting an online application. The program graduate advisors will forward applications on file to the other program office in response to a request from a student applying to the dual degree program. These materials will be reviewed during the regular admissions process of the respective program office.

It is strongly recommended that students apply to the dual degree program before beginning studies in either program. They must apply no later than the end of their second semester of study in the first program.


All students must complete a minimum combined requirement of 75 credit hours for the dual degree program. Students earning both the MCRP and MS/PUBP degrees must meet requirements for each degree, including all core, specialization (MCRP), and studio requirements (MCRP), with six modifications:

  • Up to 12 credit hours of Public Policy courses may be used as electives toward the MCRP degree.
  • Up to 14 credit hours of City Planning courses may be used as electives toward the MS/PUBP degree.
  • Students must complete either CP6025: Advanced Planning Methods or PUBP 6114: Applied Policy Methods as a core course, but may not receive credit for both.
  • Students must complete either CP6031: Economic Analysis in Planning, or PUBP 6116: Microeconomics in Policy Analysis, but may not receive credit for both.

Students must elect at least one specialization of which the two programs have overlapping/complementary faculty expertise with the approval of faculty advisor. In the MS/PUBP program, the concentration involves at least 12 credit hrs. In the MCRP program, the specialization involves at least 12 credit hours. [Note: either the Public Policy concentration or the City and Regional Planning specialization must be in the area of Economic Development; Urban and Regional Policy; or Environmental Policy, Planning, and Management]

Students shall complete a research paper in each degree program.

For the MCRP degree, the student will complete: CP 8990: Applied Research Paper (4 hours minimum)

For the MS/PUBP degree, the student will complete: PUPB 6801: Research Paper (4 hours minimum).

It will be the student’s responsibility to apprise the faculty advisers of these papers of the scope of work of both papers so that the advisers may make appropriate determinations as to the adequacy of the scope of work of the project they advise.

Students must complete both degree programs simultaneously so that the degrees may be awarded simultaneously. That is, students enrolled in the dual degree program will not receive either the MCRP or the MS/PUBP degree until they have met the requirements of both degree programs. Should a dual degree student choose to withdraw from one of the two degree programs, the student would have the option of completing the other degree following the normal requirements of that single degree program. As the MCRP degree is approved for differential tuition and the MS/PUBP currently is not, dual degree students will pay MCRP differential tuition for one-half of their enrolled semesters and will pay regular graduate tuition rates for one-half of their enrolled semesters.


Required Core Courses

Core Courses for the MS in Public Policy (19 hrs):
PUBP 6001: Introduction to Public Policy (1 hr)
PUBP 6010: Ethics, Epistemology, and Public Policy (3 hrs.)
PUBP 6012: Fundamentals of Policy Processes (3 hrs.)
PUBP 6112: Research Design in Policy Science (3hrs)
PUBP 6118: Public Finance and Policy (3 hrs)
PUBP 6201: Public Policy Analysis Capstone (3 hrs)

Students must also take one of the following three classes:

PUBP 6014: Organization Theory (3 hrs)
PUBP 6017: Public Management (3hrs)
PUBP 6018: Policy Implementation and Administration (3 hrs)

Core Courses for MCRP (18 hrs):
CP 6012: History and Theory of Planning (4 hrs.)
CP 6016: Growth Management Law and Implementation (3 hrs.)
CP 6024: Quantitative and Computer Methods in Planning (4 hrs.)
CP 6052: Applied Planning Studio (4 hrs.)
CP 6514: Introduction to Geographic Information Systems (3 hrs.)

Core Course Options for Dual Degree Students (6-7 hrs):
PUBP 6114: Applied Policy Methods and Data Analysis (3 hrs) or CP 6025: Advanced Planning Methods (4 hrs)
PUBP 6116: Microeconomics in Policy Analysis (3 hrs) or CP 6031: Economic Analysis in Planning (3 hrs)

Program Advisors

Michael Elliott, City & Regional Planning 
Jennifer Clark, Public Policy