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    Dual Degree Programs

    Carolina Planning students may pursue a dual degree that combines their planning education with studies in five of UNC's highly regarded graduate schools programs, as well College of Design at North Carolina State University.


    Students entering the dual degree program can start in either program, but the student must make this choice at the time of admission. The second year is normally spent full-time in the program not selected in the first year.  All of the dual degree programs allow you to shave a year off of the time it would normally take to pursue the two degrees individually.

     

    How to apply

      You must apply and be admitted separately to each program.

       

      Requirements

      • First year: Complete the required courses in one program.*
        Defer admission in the other program.
      • Second year: Complete the required first year of the other program.
      • Joint year(s) of study: Complete graduation requirements for both programs through completion of elective credits/courses across programs.

      * Students entering the dual degree program can start in either program, but the student must make this choice at the time of admission.

         

        The current MCRP requirements include: five (5) core PLAN courses (15 credit hours), five (5) PLAN specialization courses (15 credit hours), 6 (PLAN and non-PLAN) elective courses (18 credit hours), and Master's Project (3 credit hours, PLAN), or 51 credit hours in all.

        Planning students pursuing any dual degree must complete eleven (11) PLAN courses (33 credit hours) plus the Master's Project (3 credits, PLAN).  The remaining 15 credit hours come from the student's other Master's program, either business, law, landscape architecture, public administration, or public health (including Environmental Science and Engineering).  Any 15 credit hours taken in that other program can be counted as planning electives.  For non-dual degree students the limit on coursework taken outside DCRP is 12 credit hours.  Some programs have capstone paper requirements similar to the Master's Project.  Students often are able to combine these research or practice-oriented projects to help them synthesize knowledge from both fields.  When degree requirements for each program are fulfilled, students receive the MCRP degree and the second degree.


        Dual Degree Comparisons


        Law School
        Business
        School
        Public
        Administration
        Public
        Health
        Landscape
        Architec
        ture
        Degrees
        awarded
        JD& MCRP
        MBA & MCRP
        MPA & MCRP
        MPH/M/MSEE
        /MSPH/MHA/ & MCRP
        MLA &
        MCRP
        Typical program duration

        4 yrs
        3 yrs
        3 yrs
        3 yrs
        4 yrs
        Minimum number of credits 110
        (74 LAW + 36 PLAN)
        87
        (51 MBA
        + 36 PLAN)
        72
        (36 MPA +
        36 PLAN)
        74
        (38 Public
        Health + 36
        PLAN)
        108
        (72 MLA @
        NC State +
        36 PLAN @
        UNC)
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