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Master of Architecture / Urban and Regional Planning (M.Arch./MURP)

As an interdisciplinary school, Taubman College encourages students to explore interests outside of architecture and urban and regional planning, the college offers students opportunities to pursue combined degrees.

Program Overview

The MURP/M.Arch. Dual Degree is a formally structured dual degree to develop highly qualified professionals capable of combining architecture and urban planning to work effectively in the professional fields of architecture, urban development, and community development planning. It equips students with a broad range of skills and particular expertise related to the design and planning of the built environment.

Graduates with a dual degree in architecture and urban and regional planning are able to work both in the private sector and with a wide range of public agencies and non-profit organizations. The program combines the two-year/60 credit hour M.Arch. degree with the two-year/48 credit hour MURP degree, resulting in a three-year/84 credit hour program.

Course of Study

Students admitted to the combined program are required to complete the first year courses in one school during the first year and to complete the first year courses at the other school in the second year. Students may begin at either school. During the third year of the program, students are permitted to elect courses in either school and are generally not restricted in their choices beyond fulfilling the required course work.

 

Degree Requirements

The dual M.Arch./MURP degree requires the completion of a minimum of 84 credit hours. Specifically, a student must complete:

  1. 24 credit hours of architectural design courses (Arch 552, Arch 562, Arch 672, Arch 662).

  2. Seven courses (21 credit hours) of specific required architecture courses (Arch 515 – Sustainable Systems, Arch 516—Architectural Representation, Arch 527 – Integrative Systems, Arch 537 – Fabrication, Arch 572—Architectural Theory and Criticism,  Arch 583—Professional Practice,   and Arch 660—Thesis Development Seminar) Three courses (9 credit hours) of 500/600 level elective architecture courses.

  3. 30 credit hours of graduate level urban and regional planning courses, including all “core” course work unless waived by the instructor.

  4. 9 additional cognate/elective courses needed to fulfill the 84 credit hour requirement.

Any additional cognate/elective courses needed to fulfill the 84 credit hour requirement. In addition, students who lack college-level economics or statistics must complete acceptable courses in these two areas. These may be counted toward the 30 credit hours of graduate-level urban nad regional planning courses, provided they are taken for graduate credit in urban and regional planning.

A cumulative GPA of "B" must be earned in each unit and 24 credit hours may be double-counted toward the two degrees. Each unit maintains a separate transcript, and either degree may be awarded independently, provided the requirements for the single degree have been met. Because enrollment in the dual program involves two separate units, it becomes the responsibility of the student to follow the academic policies and procedures of each.

 

Sample Course Sequence

Year 1 Graduate Study

Fall Term Credit
Hours
Arch 552 Architectural Design V 6
Arch 515 Sustainable Systems 3
Arch 516 Architectural Representation
or Arch 537 Fabrication
3
Elective   3
Total 15
Winter Term Credit
Hours
Arch 562 Architectural Design VI 6
Arch 572 Architectural Theory and Criticism 3
Arch 516 Architectural Representation
or Arch 537 Fabrication
3
Elective   3
Total 15

Year 2 Graduate Study

Fall Term Credit
Hours
URP 504 Introduction to Statistics 2 or 3
URP 509 Public Econ 2 or 3
URP 500 or 501 Planning Theory 3
URP 510 Fiscal Planning Management 2 or 3
URP Elective/Concentration course 3
Total 12 - 15
Winter Term Credit
Hours
URP 505 or 506 Quantitative Planning Methods 3
URP 507 Fundamentals of Planning Practice 3
URP 502 or 503 Planning Institutions and Law 3
URP 603 Capstone 6
Total 15

Year 3 Graduate Study

Fall Term Credit
Hours
Arch 672 Architectural Design VII 6
Arch 660 Thesis Development 3
Arch 527 Integrative Systems 3
Arch 583 Professional Practice or Arch Elective 3
Total 15
Winter Term Credit
Hours
Arch 662 Thesis Studio 6
Arch Elective 3
Arch Elective 3
URP Elective/Concentration course 3
Total 15

Admission Requirements

Students must file separate applications to and be admitted by both schools. An application fee must accompany each application. Each school will apply its own deferred admission standards to students who elect to take the first year at the other school. Students enrolled in either program can apply to the other during the first year of study, but not later.

Contact

Taubman College of Architecture and Urban Planning
Urban Planning Admissions
2000 Bonisteel Blvd. Room 2150
Phone: (734) 763-1275
Website: taubmancollege.umich.edu/planning
Email: urp@umich.edu

Taubman College of Architecture and Urban Planning
Graduate M.Arch Admissions
2000 Bonisteel Blvd. Room 2150
Phone: (734) 764-1300
Website: taubmancollege.umich.edu/architecture