The field of Urban Planning has natural alliances with several other academic and professional disciplines. As such, the KU Urban Planning Program offers several joint degrees between planning and another University department. Each of these joint degree programs allows a student to earn two KU degrees while reducing the number of hours required to complete each of those degrees.
Our current joint degree offerings are as follows. Please contact the program for additional information on these joint degree options.
Accelerated Master of Urban Planning
The Accelerated Master’s program combining a College of Liberal Arts and Sciences undergraduate major and Urban Planning masters is designed for students who have a passion for problem solving and helping communities engage with their futures. It allows well-qualiﬁed students to earn a bachelor’s and a master’s degree in ﬁve years, rather than the six years it would take to earn each degree separately. This program combines in-depth training in the major of the student’s choice with an accredited professional master’s degree in urban planning. Graduates are prepared for careers in the public, private and not-for proﬁt sectors helping make communities better places. Only current KU undergraduate students in the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences (CLAS) are eligible to apply to the Accelerated MA program. If you are not a current undergraduate student at KU, please consider the regular 2-year Master of Urban Planning program. Any CLAS undergraduate major is good preparation for an urban planning career because the profession is so wide-ranging in the skills required.
Urban Planning/B.A. Architectural Studies (Accelerated 4+1 degree program)
This program leads to the Bachelor of Arts in Architectural Studies and the Master of Urban Planning which combines six years into five years of study. A total of 154 credit hours is required, comprised of 39 hours in urban planning and 115 hours in architectural studies. Students wishing to pursue this option must apply during the third year of study. Students must meet all of the required courses for the bachelor degree and have a minimum 3.25 grade point average. In the fourth year of undergraduate study, a student will take the same courses as a first year graduate student. The student may submit GRE scores during the junior year but must submit GRE test results in the senior year. If the student has completed all first-year planning courses and been accepted for admittance by the end of the fourth year of study, the student will officially enter the graduate program to pursue the second year of study toward the completion of the Master of Urban Planning.
Urban Planning/B.A. Environmental Studies (Accelerated 4+1 degree program)
The Accelerated Master’s program in Environmental Studies and Urban Planning is designed for students who have a passion for sustaining both our natural and built environments. It allows well-qualified students to earn a Bachelor’s and a Master’s degree in five years, rather than the six years it would take to earn each degree separately. This program combines in-depth training in environmental studies and analysis with a professional degree in urban planning. Graduates are prepared for careers in environmental planning in the public, private and not-for profit sectors.
Urban Planning/American Studies
This program combines into two and one-half years of study (plus time required for the M.A. Thesis) the normal two-year Master of Urban Planning degree offered by the School of Public Affairs & Administration (48 credit hours) and the normal one-year Master of Arts degree in American Studies (30 credit hours) offered by the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences. A program of 60 credit hours is required. This program is designed for students who intend to engage in planning for the arts, cultural activities and facilities, and historic preservation within urban communities.
This four-year program leads to the Master of Urban Planning in the School of Public Affairs & Administration and the Master of Architecture degree within the School of Architecture, Design, and Planning. Applicants must meet graduate admission requirements of both schools. Students pursuing the Master of Architecture may apply to the joint degree program during but not past their second year of study. Students pursuing the Master of Urban Planning may apply to the joint degree program during but not past their first year of study. Please note: this degree is designed for students who have already earned a baccalaureate degree.
This program combines into three years of study the normal two-year Master of Urban Planning degree offered by the School of Public Affairs & Administration (48 credit hours) and the normal Master of Arts degree in Geography (30 credit hours) offered by the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences. A program of 61 credit hours is required, 39 credit hours in Urban Planning and 22 credit hours in Geography, including a thesis. This program leads to the Master of Urban Planning and the Master of Arts in Geography.
This program leads to the Master of Urban Planning and the J.D. degree of the School of Law. A total of 115 credit hours is required, comprising 39 hours in urban planning and 76 hours in law. Applicants must meet admission requirements of both the School of Law and the Urban Planning Program. The former includes the Law School Admission Test (LSAT). A student in this program must take all 21 credit hours of required Urban Planning courses plus nine hours in an area of concentration plus six hours of Urban Planning electives. Nine hours of Law courses may be cross-counted towards the 48 hours needed for the M.U.P. degree. The student must take 76 hours of Law courses; 14 hours of Urban Planning courses may be cross-counted towards the 90 hours needed for the J.D. degree. The program can be completed in four years.
Urban Planning/Public Administration
This program combines into 69 credit hours the normal coursework required for the Master of Urban Planning (48 credit hours) and the Master of Public Administration (37 credit hours). A student pursuing the degrees separately would require four years of coursework. The joint degree requires three years to complete, including summers. Admission to the Master of Public Administration program is very limited and only occurs in the Summer semester.