The JD/MUPDD Program
The combined curriculum leading to the degrees of Juris Doctor and Master of Urban Planning, Design, and Development is designed to permit the student to complete both degrees over four years instead of the five years that would normally be required to complete the two degrees separately.
Entry into the Dual Degree Program can occur in one of two ways. Applicants who are not currently enrolled in either the JD or the MUPDD degree program must apply for admission to both the College of Graduate Studies and the College of Law concurrently and follow the normal procedures of the respective colleges. Application for admission must be specifically for the Dual Degree Program. Students who enroll in this manner spend their first year taking courses exclusively in the JD program and their second year taking courses exclusively in the MUPDD program. In the third and fourth years, students take courses in both degree programs. Applicants who are currently enrolled in either the JD or the MUPDD program must apply for admission to the other degree program, prior to the completion of 60 credit hours in the JD program or 28 credit hours in the MUPDD program. Students who enroll in this manner are advised as to how to schedule the remainder of their courses in the Dual Degree Program. Under no circumstances will a student be allowed to take more than eight years to complete the combined program.
The Dual Degree Program requires four academic years. The Juris Doctor requirements are fulfilled by completion of 80 credit hours of work in the College of Law, including all required courses, and the transfer of ten credit hours from courses taken in the MUPDD program. The Master of Urban Planning, Design, and Development requirements are fulfilled by completion of 40 credit hours of courses in the College of Urban Affairs, including all required courses, and the transfer of the equivalent of eight credit hours from courses taken in the College of Law. In order to ensure that the degree requirements of both programs are fully maintained, while at the same time permitting the saving of a full academic year, students who pursue the joint degree are not permitted to take courses outside either the College of Law or the Master of Urban Planning, Design, and Development program for credit toward either degree.
When a student graduates from both degrees together they are allowed to transfer ten credit hours toward their law degree. If they elect to receive the law degree first, only eight credits can be dual counted.
Submit College of Graduate Studies application materials to the Graduate Admissions Office. Contact the College of Law regarding law admission procedures.