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Dual Degrees in Urban Planning

The University of Michigan is home to several highly ranked professional schools and international area studies centers. The University is also recognized as a leader in cross-disciplinary research and teaching.

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As an interdisciplinary school, Taubman College encourages students to explore interests outside of urban and regional planning. Toward that end, the college offers students opportunities to pursue combined degrees. Dual degree programs enable students to earn two degrees in considerably less time than if each degree were earned separately. Students can also pursue student-initiated dual degrees with a wide range of other programs. Requests are approved on an individual basis.

A number of arrangements are available for students to pursue two degrees simultaneously. Dual degree programs lead to two different degree citations on the transcript and two separate diplomas. Dual degree programs allow a student to combine two graduate or graduate-professional programs, at least one of which is a Rackham master's or doctoral program, and may include a non-Rackham professional degree program. A dual degree program allows students to undertake complementary programs of graduate study simultaneously through streamlined curricular arrangements with limited double-counting of courses.

The student may double count one-sixth of the sum of the credits required for each of the two degrees. Specific information about dual degree programs, including minimum credit hours required, credit hours that may be double counted, and awarding of degrees can be found in Rackham's Help Desk. A student in a Rackham doctoral or master's program must complete at least one term of coursework in good academic standing in a regular Rackham program before requesting admission to a dual degree program.

Formal Dual Degree Programs

Common Student-Initiated Dual Degrees

Self-initiated dual degree programs can be developed when that is the most appropriate way to prepare a student for his/her career. In recent years, students have initiated their own dual degree programs in the following fields:

Students may also initiate other dual degrees to meet their interests in individual specializations:

  • Graduate Certificate Programs allow students to gain depth in specific areas as they work towards the master of urban planning or the Ph.D. in urban and regional planning.
  • The concurrent Undergraduate/Graduate Study Program allows advanced undergraduates to begin the master's degree in urban planning before they have completed the undergraduate degree.