Students especially interested in physical planning at any scale-from site design to metropolitan planning-may decide to get both a master of urban planning and a master of landscape architecture. The dual degree equips students to plan and design the built environment in a comprehensive manner. Students develop design skills at the same time that they understand the social, economic, and political context of the built environment. Having both degrees enables graduates to design at both large and small scales and to understand the relationship between the two. Graduates can address questions such as: How do small-scale design decisions relate to the larger social context? How can the regional or local jurisdiction's political environment affect a design? Graduates address issues that draw on the knowledge in both degrees-livable communities, smart growth, conservation design, and watershed-scale planning.
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.L.A./M.U.R.P. degree is a 70-credit-hour program that can be completed in 3-1/2 to 4 years. The M.U.R.P. requires 48 credits (with 30 of these in urban and regional planning courses); the M.L.A. requires 36 credits. Fourteen of these can be double-counted. M.L.A. students take approximately 29 credits of prerequisites early in their program; these do not count toward the 36 credit total for the M.L.A. degree; that is the degree and its prerequisites ordinarily comprise about 65 credits. A student in the dual degree must meet the requirements of both programs.
In the Urban and Regional Planning Program, students often choose a focus area in physical planning and urban design, land use and environmental planning, or housing, community, and economic development. In landscape architecture, students proceed through a structured sequence of studios and complementary support courses, while taking advantage of elective courses in the School for Environment and Sustainability.
Students may complete a 6-credit master's project in either program to meet the project requirement in both. The required URP 506 Planning Methods for M.U.R.P. can fulfill the analytics course requirement for the M.L.A. An advanced M.L.A. student may be excused from taking URP 507 Fundamentals of Planning Practice; the faculty member will review the student's background to make this decision.
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.
Taubman College of Architecture and Urban Planning
Urban and Regional Planning Admissions
2000 Bonisteel Blvd. Room 2150
Phone: (734) 763-1275
School of Natural Resources and Environment
Department of Landscape Architecture
University of Michigan
440 Church St.
Ann Arbor, MI 48109-2029
Phone: (734) 764-6453