Students interested in urban policy and in state and local policy in subjects such as economic development, transportation, regional development, and housing. The dual degree also trains students interested in community-based approaches to social change; in implementation of plans and policy at the local level; and in leadership of nonprofit organizations working to improve communities.
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.
The M.U.P./M.P.P. degree is an 80-credit-hour program that can be completed within three years. The M.P.P. and the M.U.P. each require 48 credits; 16 credits may be double-counted, according to the Rackham guidelines, but students should check with the Ford School before assuming that a given course may be double-counted toward the M.P.P. Students must meet the specific requirements of both degrees.
- 48 approved credit hours
- All core program courses
- Concentration foundational, methods, and elective courses
- A minimum of 30 hours must be in graduate-level urban planning courses
- No more than 8 hours may be counted from among individual study-type courses
- Each student must complete a minimum of 4 hours of courses outside the program (typically satisfied by MPP coursework)
Public Policy (Ford School):
- 23 credit hours required for first-year courses
- 10 credit hours of required electives in FSPP
- Summer internship
- Participation in the Integrated Policy Exercise (IPE)
- 15 credit hours of CAUP or FSPP electives
- Students must complete 80 CAUP/FSPP combined credit hours
The statistics, other methods courses, and economics in public policy meet the requirements for statistics and economics in urban and regional planning and at least part of the requirement for quantitative methods for urban planning. Public policy students are often waived out of the municipal budgeting course in urban and regional planning if they have taken a series of courses in public policy that cover similar material. A student who prefers to fulfill a requirement in urban and regional planning through other courses should consult with the faculty member for that urban planning course or the program chair.
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.