The University of Utah
College of Architecture + Planning

Public Administration and City & Metropolitan Planning

The Department of City & Metropolitan Planning, together with the College of Social & Behavior Science, offers a dual degree program that enables students to earn a Master in City & Metropolitan Planning (MCMP) and a Master of Public Administration (MPA), simultaneously. This dual degree will prepare students for careers in local government, particularly in rapidly growing small towns and rural areas where administrators and planners wear many hats.

Students seeking to take advantage of the MCMP/MPA program must meet current University of Utah admission standards and be accepted into both the MCMP and MPA programs. Upon enrollment, students in the dual degree program will complete the core courses in both regular degree programs, totaling 60 credit hours. This is 30 credit hours fewer than completing both programs sequentially. Students enrolled in the dual MCMP/MPA degree program can expect to complete the two degrees within five semesters if they maintain a full-time schedule of 12 credit hours per semester. Students enrolled in the dual degree program must complete all MCMP and all MPA requirements before either degree will be awarded.

Upon completion of both programs, students earn two separate degrees: an MCMP degree awarded by the College of Architecture + Planning and an MPA degree awarded by the College of Social & Behavioral Science.

Required Courses:

CMP 6610 Urban Ecology (3)
CMP 6010 Community & Regional Analysis (3)
CMP 6260 Land Use Law (3)
CMP 6160 Plan Making (3)
CMP 6450 GIS in Planning (3)
CMP 6100 Urban & Planning Theory (3)
CMP 6280 Graduate Workshop (3)
CMP 6322 City & Metropolitan Economics (3)
CMP 6970 Professional Project I (3)
CMP 6971 Professional Project II (3)

Required Course Credit Hours = 60

PADMN 6300 Administrative Theory (3)
PADMN 6550 Nonprofits & NGOs (3)
PADMN 6289 Research Design (3)
PADMN 6335 Governance and the Econ (3)
PADMN 6380 Public Budgeting & Finance (3)
PADMN 6430 Community Engagement in Planning (3)
PADMN 6360 Public Human Resource Management (3)
PADMN 6210 Public Administration & Law (3)
PADMN 6890 Capstone in Public Administration (3)
PADMN 6870 Ethics in Public Administration (3)

Use the MCMP-MPA Course Map and Competition Plan Worksheet when you meet with your academic advisor.