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M Arch / MCP Dual Degree

The dual degree combines course work from the Architecture and Urban Studies and Planning programs to enable a student to complete both the Master of Architecture and Master of Community Planning degrees with fewer credits than it would take to complete the two separately.

 

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.

 

Applicants for the dual degree in Architecture and Community Planning should use the following four-letter code on the online application: ARCP

 

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Dual Masters of Community Planning (MCP) and Landscape Architecture (MLA): Landscape Architecture and Community Planning (LACP)

Summary

 

In the Spring of 2015, he School of Architecture, Planning, and Preservation (MAPP) and the College of Agriculture and Natural Resources (AGNR) created a dual degree master’s program enabling graduate students to obtain both the existing Master of Community Planning (MCP) degree and the existing Master of Landscape Architecture (MLA) degree in an integrated format. The proposed program enables graduate students interested in community planning and landscape architecture to complete these complimentary degrees by using courses in the partnering programs to satisfy specialization and elective requirements.   

 

The dual degree program builds on the unique strengths of faculty in the School of Architecture, Planning, and Preservation and in the Department of Plant Science and Landscape Architecture (PSLA) by bringing together expertise in sustainable design, landscape performance, environmental behavior, with expertise in physical, social and economic planning. The program promotes interdisciplinary education by providing advanced knowledge of planning to landscape architecture students and advanced knowledge of landscape architecture to students in planning.

 

Degree Requirements and Program Features

 

The dual master’s program in Community Planning and Landscape Architecture combines key elements of  the Master of Community Planning and the Master in Landscape Architecture.  Student have two options for the Landscape Architecture portion of the dual degree.  Those who did not major in landscape architecture as undergraduates will be enrolled the First MLA Professional Degree Curriculum.  Those students who already have a bachelor’s degree in Landscape Architecture will enroll in LARC’s Post-Professional degree program.

 

The dual degree enables students to complete the MCP and either of the two MLA degrees in a shorter period of time that if they earned one degree first and then enrolled in the other degree program, as shown below.   

 

The current MCP degree requires the completion of 48 credit hours, while the current MLA degree requires 39 credits for a two-year post-professional degree and 70 credit hours (plus 6 credits at the 200 level) for a three-year first professional degree. This means that completing  both degrees separately (one after the other) would require:

 

87 credits hours for the MCP and the 2 year MLA post-professional degree; or

118 credit hours for the MCP and the 3 year MLA first professional degree.

 

By participating in the dual degree program, the credit hour requirements would be:

           

60 credit hours for the MCP and the 2 year MLA post-professional degree; or

91 credit hours for the MCP and the 3 year MLA first professional degree.

 

The reduction in total credits from 87 to 60 credits for the 2 year MLA post-professional degree and MCP is achieved by counting courses towards both programs. 12 credits of the current MLA program would be satisfied by counting URSP or RDEV as courses. 15 credits of landscape architecture courses count as electives for the Master of Community Planning degree.  This amount of double-counting for the proposed MCP/MLA program is possible because of the complimentary missions of the two underlying degrees.  The same type of double counting applies to the dual degree for students in the post-professional MLA program.

 

Curriculum for the LACP Dual Degree for students who majored in landscape architecture as undergraduate students (i.e. Post Professional MLA degree track for the LACP degree)

 

(Note that the URSP 688L-Planning Technology class would not be required for students in the joint degree because of the MLA required course LARC 620-621.)

  

FALL TERM                                                                  SPRING TERM


FIRST SEMESTER                              Credits             SECOND SEMESTER                                     Credits

URSP 600 Research Design               3                    URSP 601 Research Methods                         3

URSP 605 History & Theory               3                    URSP 604 Planning Process                           3

LARC 642 Graduate Studio III            5                    LARC 648 Graduate Studio IV                        5

LARC 670 Theory & Criticism             3                    LARC 671 Research Methods                        3         

                                                             14                                                                                             14

 

*SUMMER SESSION I                                                                                                                      Credits

URSP 705-Comm. Plan Studio                                                                                                           4         

 

SUMMER SESSION II

URSP 706-Comm. Plan. Studio                                                                                                            2   

                                                                                                                                                                 6

(Note:  URSP 705 + URSP 706 in summer sessions are equivalent to URSP 708 offered in Fall or Spring semester)

 

THIRD SEMESTER                             Credits                 FOURTH SEMESTER                                     Credits

URSP 606 Microeconomics                 3                      URSP 688Z Planning . . . in Multicult Metrop. 3

                                                                                                OR Elective

URSP 673 Social Planning                   3                        URSP 603 Land Use Planning                          3

LARC 748 Graduate Studio V              5                      *URSP 708 Community Planning Studio         6 *                                                                         11                                                                                            12                                                                                                * if not taken over the summer session                                               

FIFTH SEMESTER                                                                                                                               Credits                                    

LARC 799 Thesis or Creative Project                                                                                                  6

Elective                                                                                                                                                    3

URSP 709 Internship**                                                                                                                     0 or 3

                                                                                                                                                              9-12

           

                                                                                                                                          Total Credits: 60

 

 

 

 

Curriculum for the LACP Dual Degree for students who did NOT major in landscape architecture as undergraduate students (i.e. the MLA First Professional degree program)

 

(Note that the URSP 688L-Planning Technology class would not be required for students in the joint degree because of the MLA required course LARC 620-621.)

 

FALL TERM                                                               SPRING TERM

 

FIRST SEMESTER                              Credits             SECOND SEMESTER                                     Credits

LARC 450 Environmental Resources  3                  LARC 621 Digital Mapping & Drawing             3

LARC 620 Graphic Tools                       3                  LARC 641 Graduate Studio II                            5

LARC 640 Graduate Studio I                5                  LARC 663 Landscape and Garden History     3

URSP 605 History and Theory             3                  LARC 720 Analysis and Site Engineering        3         

                                                               14                                                                                              14

Remedial Requirements

PLSC 253 Woody Plant Materials I      3                      PLSC 254 Woody Plant Materials II             3

 

THIRD SEMESTER                                                          FOURTH SEMESTER

URSP 600 Research Design                 3                      URSP 601 Research Methods                        3

LARC 642 Graduate Studio III              5                     URSP 604 Planning Process                           3

LARC 670 Theory and Criticism           3                     LARC 648 Graduate Studio IV                        5

LARC 721 Landscape Construction    3                      LARC 671 Research Methods                        3         

14                                                                                                                                                              14

 

SUMMER SESSION I                                                                                                                          Credits

URSP 705-Comm. Plan Studio                                                                                                             4         

 

SUMMER SESSION II

URSP 706-Comm. Plan. Studio                                                                                                            2         

                                                                                                                                                                 6

(Note:  URSP 705 + URSP 706 in summer sessions, are equivalent to URSP 708 offered in Fall or Spring semester)

 

FIFTH SEMESTER                                                      SIXTH SEMESTER

LARC 420 Professional Practice           3                URSP 603 Land Use Planning                             3

URSP 606 Microeconomics                   3               URSP 688Z-Planning in Multicult. Metrop.        3         

LARC 460 Landscape and Identity       3                                                                                             

LARC 748 Graduate Studio V                5               URSP 708 Community Planning Studio             6

                                                                14                                                                                                12
                       

SEVENTH SEMESTER

LARC 799 Thesis or Creative Project                                                                                                       6

URSP 673 Community Social Planning                                                                                                   3

            OR Elective

URSP 709 Internship**                                                                                                                     0 or 3

                                                                                                                                                                9-12

                                                                                                                                          Total Credits:  91

 

* Student will be encouraged to take remedial courses (or equivalent courses) prior to initiating the program.

** Internship requirement could be met during any summer after the second semester.  Students are not required to take the internship for course credit.

 

2 year MLA post-professional degree and MCP

 

The reduction in total credits from 87 to 60 credits for the 2 year MLA post-professional degree and MCP is achieved by counting courses towards both program.  12 credits of the current MLA program would be satisfied by counting URSP or RDEV as courses. 18 credits of landscape architecture courses count as elective credits for the MCP degree.  This amount of double-counting for the MCP/MLA program is possible because of the complimentary missions of the two underlying degrees.  

 

3-Year First Professional Degree Curriculum and MCP

 

The reduction in total credits from 118 to 91 credits for the 3 year MLA first professional degree and MCPwould be achieved in the same was as for the 2 year MLA post-professional degree described above. 

 

Admissions and Retention Criteria

Prospective LACP students need to apply and be admitted independently to both the MCP and MLA programs. If a student were only accepted to one of the two programs, he or she would only be permitted to pursue that specific program. Students would also have to meet the usual progress requirements for each of the two master’s programs to remain in the joint degree program.

 

Administration

 

The Director of the MCP program and the Director of MLA program oversee the administration of the dual degree program.

 

MCP and 2-year MLA Post-Professional degree

 

MLA Requirements

6 Credits: Courses in Theory and History

                        LARC 670 Theory & Criticism                                                                                     3         

                        LARC 671 Research Methods                                                                                    3

                       

15 Credits: Courses in Studio Design and Planning

                        LARC 642 Graduate Studio III                                                                                    5

                        LARC 648 Graduate Studio IV                                                                                    5

                        LARC 748 Graduate Studio V                                                                                     5

 

            18 Credits:  Courses in Electives, Independent Study and Research, with Thesis or Creative Design project

                        Elective                                                                                                                          3

                        LARC 799 Thesis or Creative Project                                                                        6

                        (9 credits to be satisfied by URSP or RDEV)

 

MCP Requirements

30 Credits in core courses in city and regional planning knowledge and skills development

                        URSP 600 Research Design                                                                                        3

                        URSP 601 Research Methods                                                                                    3

                        URSP 603 Land Use Planning                                                                                    3                     

                        URSP 604 Planning Process                                                                                       3         

                        URSP 605 Planning History and Theory                                                                   3

                        URSP 606 Microeconomics or                        

                        RDEV 688N Microeconomics                                                                                     3

URSP 673Community Social Planning or                   

                        URSP 688Z-Planning and Design in the

                        Multicultural Metropolis                                                                                            3

                        URSP 708 Community Planning Studio                                                                   6

                        URSP 709 Field Instruction (Internship)                                                                  3         

                                                                       

            (18 Credits - Satisfied by LARC courses)                            

            Total Credits for proposed dual LACP degree                                                                  60

 

 

MCP and 3-Year MLA First Professional Degree Curriculum

 

MLA Requirements

12 Credits: Courses in Theory and History

            LARC 670 Theory & Criticism                                                                                                  3

            LARC 671 Research Methods                                                                                                 3         

            LARC 663 Landscape and Garden History                                                                           3

            LARC 460 Landscape and Identity                                                                                         3

25 Credits: Courses in Studio Design and Planning

            LARC 640 Graduate Studio I                                                                                                   5

            LARC 641 Graduate Studio II                                                                                                  5

            LARC 642 Graduate Studio III                                                                                                 5

            LARC 648 Graduate Studio IV                                                                                                 5

            LARC 748 Graduate Studio V                                                                                                  5

            15 Credits: Courses in Graphic Communication and Practice Technology

                        LARC 620 Graphic Tools                                                                                             3

                        LARC 621 Digital Mapping & Drawing                                                                      3

                        LARC 720 Analysis and Site Engineering                                                                 3

                        LARC 721 Landscape Construction                                                                          3

                        LARC 420 Professional Practice                                                                                3

            3 Credits:  Courses in Ecology and Plant and Soil Sciences  

                        LARC 450 Environmental Resources                                                                        3

            15 Credits: Courses in Electives, Independent Study and Research, with Thesis or Creative Design project

                        Elective                                                                                                                          3

                        LARC 799 Thesis or Creative Project                                                                        6

                        9 credits to be satisfied by URSP or RDEV

 

MCP Requirements

30 Credits: Core courses in city and regional planning knowledge and skills development

                        URSP 600 Research Design                                                                                         3

                        URSP 601 Research Methods                                                                                     3

URSP 603 Land Use Planning                                                                                                             3                     

                        URSP 604 Planning Process                                                                                        3         

            .           URSP 605 Planning History and Theory                                                                    3

                        URSP 606 Microeconomics or                        

URSP 673Community Social Planning or                   

                            URSP 688Z-Planning and Design in the

                           Multicultural Metropolis                                                                                          3

                        URSP 708 Community Planning Studio                                                                    6

                        URSP 709 Field Instruction (Internship)                                                                   3

            9 Credits: “Specialization”                                                                 Satisfied by LARC courses

            9 Credits: Other electives                                                                 Satisfied by LARC courses

            Total Credits for proposed MCP and MLA                                                                          91

 

 

MCP / MHP Dual Degree

The dual degree combines course work from the Urban Studies and Planning and Historic Preservation programs to enable a student to complete both the Master of Community Planning and Master of Historic Preservation degrees with fewer credits than it would take to complete the two separately.

 

Applicants for the dual degree in Community Planning and Historic Preservation should use the following four-letter code on the online application: CPHP

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MCP / Juris Doctor Joint Degree

The University of Maryland School of Law on the Baltimore campus (UMB) will accept up to 9 credits of M.C.P. coursework towards the J.D. degree, and the Urban Studies and Planning Program will accept up to 9 credits of J.D. coursework towards the M.C.P. degree. This means that students who complete both programs can save up to 18 credits.

 

Applicants must apply to each program separately and be accepted by both programs. Only grades of B or better may be transferred. Credits from the M.C.P. program can be transferred to the Law program only if they are taken while the student is enrolled in the Law program and vice versa. This means that students cannot take advantage of the transfer of credits if they have already completed either of the programs.

 

Applicants for the dual degree in Community Planning/Juris Doctor should use following four-letter code on the online appication: LCPL

 

For more information about the Law program, visit The University of Maryland School of Law.

MCP / PhD in Policy Sciences Cooperative Program

Urban Studies and Planning and the Policy Sciences PhD program at the University of Maryland, Baltimore (UMB) have a cooperative agreement whereby MCP students interested in pursuing a PhD can save approximately one year of coursework in UMB's Policy Sciences Program.

 

Applicants must apply to each program separately, and be accepted by both programs. Students may apply jointly to both programs or may apply to the UMB PhD program after having been enrolled in or having completed the MCP at College Park.

 

Credits from the following UMD courses can be counted towards the 30 hours of required core and disciplinary concentration course credits in the UMB PhD program: URSP600 Research Design and Applications (3)URSP601 Research Methods (3) and URSP606 Microeconomics of Planning and Public Policy (3). Additional appropriate and relevant courses may be acceptable substitutes for UMBC Policy Sciences core and disciplinary concentration courses with the agreement of the Policy Sciences PhD Director.

 

In addition, with the approval of the UMB advisor in the policy track in which the student chooses to specialize, it may be possible for a student to transfer into the PhD program additional credits for UMD courses that are appropriate and directly related to that track. The student should discuss these courses with the track advisor at UMB and, if still at UMD, obtain the UMB track advisor's permission prior to taking the courses.

The maximum number of UMD credits that can be transferred to the UMB PhD Policy Sciences program is 24.

 

Up to 9 hours of credit for coursework taken in the UMB PhD program may be transferred to the UMD MCP program if the courses are relevant to the MCP program. If the maximum number of credits are transferred from both institutions, a student could receive an MCP from UMD with 42 course credits at UMD (instead of the normal 51) and 9 credits transferred from UMB. A student could receive a PhD from UMB with 24 course credits at UMB (instead of the normal 48) and 24 credits transferred from UMD, plus the dissertation. Students who have completed the MCP degree are eligible.


For more information about the Policy Sciences program, contact:

Sally Helms, Administrator of Academic Affairs
Policy Sciences Program

University of Maryland, Baltimore
410-455-3202
helms@umbc2.umbc.edu

Application Submission

Online Graduate Application

Go to the Graduate Application website.

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