Master of Urban Planning

Joint Degree Requirements

Scroll down for detailed descriptions of each joint degree program.

 

Summary of Joint Degree Requirements

 

 

MUP +
JD

 

MUP+
MARCH

 

MUP+
MBA

 

MUP+
MLA

 

MUP+
MPH

 

MUP+
RELATED MAJOR

Minimum # UP hours

32

32

40

40

40

40

Minimum # Hours for other Major

74

54

72

48

48

Varies

Minimum # of Total Hours

106

86

112

88

88

80

Minimum # of Semesters Enrolled in UP

2

2

2

2

2

2

Minimum # of Semesters Enrolled in other Major

5

2

3

2

3

Varies

Urban Planning, M.U.P. + Law, J.D.

Reciprocity of credit hours allows students to complete the two degrees in a total of three and half to four years instead of five. M.U.P. + J.D. students take one year focused on Law core courses, one year focused on the Urban Planning core courses, then another year of Law, followed by the UP capstone requirement. Joint degree students take electives from either program as appropriate.

Degree Requirements
To receive both degrees, M.U.P. + J.D. students must complete a total of 106 hours of graduate-level coursework, including a minimum of 32 hours of urban planning courses and minimum of 74 hours of law.

Joint degree students must complete all M.U.P core courses and the capstone requirement. The required hours of urban planning credit is a minimum, and cannot be reduced by UP 590 internship credit or other waivers.

Joint degree students should consult with the College of Law about specific JD course requirements.

To satisfy requirements of the Graduate College, M.U.P. + J.D. students must be enrolled for at least two semesters in urban planning and five semesters in law. In any semester, students must be officially enrolled in one degree program or the other. Switching enrollment from one program to the other requires a petition to the Graduate College.

 

Urban Planning, M.U.P. + Architecture, M.Arch.

Reciprocity of credit hours allows students to complete the two degrees, normally requiring two years each, in a total of three years. M.U.P. + M.Arch. joint degree students take one year focused on their Architecture core courses and one year focused on the Urban Planning core courses. Then in the third year, the students complete the UP capstone requirements. Joint degree students take electives from either program as appropriate in all three years. This joint degree will take longer if a student does not have an undergraduate degree in Architecture.

Degree Requirements
To receive both degrees, M.U.P. + M.Arch. students must complete a total of 86 hours of graduate-level coursework, including a minimum of 32 hours of urban planning courses and minimum of 54 hours of architecture.

Joint degree students must complete all M.U.P core courses and the capstone requirement. The required hours of urban planning credit is a minimum, and cannot be reduced by UP 590 internship credit or other waivers.

Joint degree students should consult with the School of Architecture about specific MARCH course requirements. During the first year of the joint degree, students must meet with the Architecture Academic Director to determine which design studio will serve as the basis for the UP Capstone.

To satisfy requirements of the Graduate College, M.U.P. + M.Arch. students must be enrolled for at least two semesters in each of the two programs. In any semester, students must be officially enrolled in one degree program or the other. Switching enrollment from one program to the other requires a petition to the Graduate College.

 

Urban Planning, M.U.P. + Master of Business Administration, M.B.A.

Reciprocity of credit hours allows students to complete the two degrees, normally requiring two years for the M.U.P. and two years for the M.BA., in a total of three years. M.U.P. + M.B.A. students take one to two years focused on their Business Administration core courses and one year focused on the Urban Planning core. Then in the final year, the joint degree students complete the UP capstone requirement. Joint degree students take electives from either program as appropriate in all three years.

Degree Requirements
To receive both degrees, M.U.P. + M.B.A. students must complete a total of 112 hours of graduate-level coursework, including a minimum of 40 hours of urban planning courses and 72 hours of busines administration coursework. *Up to 8 hours of UP coursework may be applied to the MBA degree at College of Business' discretion. This would lower the total required hours of the joint degree from 112 to 104 hours.

Joint degree students must complete all M.U.P core courses and the capstone requirement. The required hours of urban planning credit is a minimum, and cannot be reduced by UP 590 internship credit or other waivers.

Joint degree students should consult with the College of Business about specific M.B.A course requirements.

To satisfy requirements of the Graduate College, M.U.P. + M.B.A. students must be enrolled for at least two semesters in urban planning and three in business. In any semester, students must be officially enrolled in one degree program or the other. Switching enrollment from one program to the other requires a petition to the Graduate College.

 

Urban Planning, M.U.P. + Master of Landscape Architecture, M.L.A.

Reciprocity of credit hours allows students to complete the two degrees, normally requiring two years for the M.U.P. and two-three years for the M.L.A., in a total of three to four years. M.U.P. + M.L.A. students take one to two years focused on their Landscape Architecture core courses and one year focused on the Urban Planning core. In the final year, the students complete the UP capstone/LA thesis requirements. Joint degree students take electives from either program as appropriate in all three years.

Degree Requirements
To receive both degrees, M.U.P. + M.L.A. students must complete a total of 88 hours of graduate-level coursework, including a minimum of 40 hours of urban planning courses and 48 hours of landscape architecture coursework.

Joint degree students must complete all M.U.P core courses and the capstone requirement. The required hours of urban planning credit is a minimum, and cannot be reduced by UP 590 internship credit or other waivers.

Joint degree students should consult with the Department of Landscape Architecture about specific M.L.A course requirements. *Up to 8 hours of UP coursework may be applied to the LA degree at the LA Department's discretion. This would lower the total required hours of the joint degree from 88 to 80.

The UP capstone requirement may be met separately or jointl with the LA thesis. If met jointly by means of a single project or thesis, the student must assemble a committee with representatives of each program. The committee must agree that the proposed project meets the requirements of each program. Registration for such a joint capstone is completed under the course rubric of one of the programs, and the other program agrees to waive the requirement.

To satisfy requirements of the Graduate College, M.U.P. + M.L.A. students must be enrolled for at least two semesters in each of the two programs. In any semester, students must be officially enrolled in one degree program or the other. Switching enrollment from one program to the other requires a petition to the Graduate College

 

Urban Planning, M.U.P. + Public Health, M.P.H.

Reciprocity of credit hours allows students to complete the two degrees, normally requiring two years each, in a total of three years. M.U.P. + M.P.H. students take one year focused on their Public Health core courses and one year focused on the Urban Planning core. Then in the third year, the students complete the UP and MPH capstone requirements. Joint degree students take electives from either program as appropriate in all three years.  

Degree Requirements
To receive both degrees, M.U.P. + M.P.H. students must complete a total of 88 hours of graduate-level coursework, including a minimum of 40 hours of urban planning courses and 48 hours of public health.

Joint degree students must complete all M.U.P core courses and the capstone requirement. The required hours of urban planning credit is a minimum, and cannot be reduced by UP 590 internship credit or other waivers.

Joint degree students should consult with the Department of Kinesiology and Community Health about specific M.P.H. course requirements. Most 400 and 500-level Urban Planning courses will meet the requirement for an MPH elective course.  The requirement for the M.P.H. practicum is not waived for students in a joint program; an internship related to the M.U.P. degree does not count as an M.P.H. practicum.

The Capstone course for the M.U.P. program meets the requirement for the M.P.H. Capstone course, provided that the student assembles a committee with representatives of each program. The committee must agree that the proposed project meets the requirements of each program. In addition to the M.U.P. Capstone requirements, the joint degree student MUST present the Capstone project at the regularly scheduled M.P.H. event at the end of each term for MPH Capstone presentations. The student does NOT need to take the M.P.H. Capstone course. 

To satisfy requirements of the Graduate College, M.U.P. + M.P.H. students must be enrolled for at least two semesters in urban planning and 3 semesters in public health (during those 3 semester, student must complete at least 36 hours in public health courses). In any semester, students must be officially enrolled in one degree program or the other. Switching enrollment from one program to the other requires a petition to the Graduate College.

 

Urban Planning, M.U.P. + Related Master-level Major

Students may propose joint programs combining the MUP with other Illinois master’s degrees such as:

Degree Requirements
All joint degrees with other programs require at least 80 hours of graduate-level coursework, 40 hours of urban planning plus the requirements for the other program. 

If the other program requires more than 40 hours, then the joint degree requirements could exceed 80 hours. The other program may count up to 8 hours of Urban Planning courses as electives in this case only.  For example, a joint degree with the 40 hours of urban planning courses and another program requiring 64 hours would total of 104 hours. Under these circumstances, the other program may count 8 hours of Urban Planning courses as electives, which reduces the total hours to 96 hours (6 semesters).

Joint degree students must complete all M.U.P core courses and the capstone requirement. The required hours of urban planning credit is a minimum, and cannot be reduced by UP 590 internship credit or other waivers.

The capstone requirement may be met separately for each program or jointly. If met jointly by means of a single project or thesis, the student must assemble a committee with representatives of each program. The committee must agree that the proposed project meets the requirements of each program. Registration for such a joint capstone is completed under the course rubric of one of the programs, and the other program agrees to waive the capstone requirement.

To satisfy requirements of the Graduate College, joint degree students must be enrolled for at least two semesters in each of the two programs. In any semester, students must be officially enrolled in one degree program or the other. Switching enrollment from one program to the other requires a petition to the Graduate College.