Dual Degree MCRP/Master of Science in Public Policy

The dual MS degree program in Public Policy and City and Regional Planning prepares students for policy analysis and planning work at the national, state, and local levels. Graduates work in public, private, and non-profit settings building on the complementary perspectives and skills of the two professions.

In addition to providing interdisciplinary professional training, the dual degree also provides the opportunity to step toward Ph.D. programs in either Public Policy or Planning with an emphasis on Urban, Environmental, or Economic Development Policy.

All students must complete a minimum combined requirement of 75 credit hours for the dual degree program. Students receive both degrees.

Required Core Courses for MSPP/MCRP Dual Degree

MS in Public Policy

Core Courses
PUBP 6001Introduction to Public Policy1
PUBP 6010Ethics, Epistemology, and Public Policy3
PUBP 6012Fundamentals of Policy Processes3
PUBP 6112Research Design in Policy Science3
PUBP 6118Public Finance Policy3
PUBP 6201Public Policy Analysis3
Select one of the following:3
Organization Theory
Public Management
Policy Implementation and Administration
Total Credit Hours19


Core Courses
CP 6002Introduction to Fields of Planning2
CP 6012Theory and History of Planning4
CP 6016Growth Management Law and Implementation3
CP 6024Quantitative and Computer Methods4
CP 6052Applied Planning Studio4
Total Credit Hours17

Core Course Options for Dual Degree Students

PUBP 6114Applied Policy Methods and Data Analysis3-4
or CP 6025 Advanced Planning Methods
PUBP 6116Microeconomics for Policy Analysis3
or CP 6031 Economic Analysis for Planning
Total Credit Hours6-7


Students also select one concentration from among MSPP program offerings, each of which involves at least twelve credit hours. Either the Public Policy concentration or the City and Regional Planning specialization must be in the area of Economic Development; Urban and Regional Policy; or Environmental Policy, Planning and Management.