Students of the dual-degree program acquire specialized knowledge tailored to understanding the urban environment from several perspectives. Students learn how social, economic and political forces have led to the development of human habitats. The emphasis on urban design in the dual-degree program yields an education that is particularly applicable for persons interested in the revitalization of metropolitan areas and their center cities.
The dual-degree program will enable students to develop and enhance their urban design skills and abilities, including: the design of buildings and urban environments; the evaluation of community needs; the analysis of economic conditions; and the awareness of the political nature of planning in a representative democracy.
Applicants must apply to each program separately and be accepted by both programs; however, the same GRE scores, statement of intent and letters of reference may be used in both applications. Students possessing a four-year Bachelor's degree in Architecture or a related degree are encouraged to apply for the dual-degree program. Candidates possessing degrees other than a B.S. in Architecture are eligible for participation in the dual-degree program, but they will be reviewed for appropriate placement in the M.Arch. sequence.
To receive the dual M.Arch./ M.C.P. degree students must satisfactorily complete 72 credit hours of course work, submit a thesis pro-seminar document of publishable quality, and do a thesis in architecture. The path to graduation typically takes seven semesters.