J.D./M.C.R.P. Program

Urban Fellows, dual degrees
“These experiences will make me a stronger advocate for my clients and allow me to work with local governments to update outdated and rigid zoning laws to better reflect the changing needs of communities.”
Urban Fellow Jill Skinner (J.D./M.C.R.P. ’14)

The Metro Growth Center’s dual degree program allows graduate students the opportunity to simultaneously earn a juris doctorate from Georgia State University and a master of city and regional planning degree from Georgia Institute of Technology.

The J.D./M.C.R.P. provides students a broader educational experience, preparing them to deal effectively with the inter-related planning and legal aspects of urban and regional issues.

The objectives of this dual-degree program are:

  • To provide an educational opportunity that reflects the increasingly integrated and interdisciplinary nature of land management law and city and regional planning.
  • To support students who wish to study both law and city and regional planning by providing a carefully crafted, streamlined academic program.
  • To enable students to explore the many connections between the two disciplines through collaborative research and instruction.

How It Works

Instead of requiring three years of study for a J.D. and two more years for an M.C.R.P., students in this dual-degree program can count certain courses in one program toward the degree in the other program, earning their dual degrees in just four years.

For students enrolled in the J.D./M.C.R.P. program, Georgia Institute of Technology’s College of Architecture will allow up to 15 semester hours of qualifying law courses with a grade of B or better to be credited toward the requirements for the M.C.R.P.

Georgia State Law will permit 12 semester hours of qualifying M.C.R.P. courses with a grade of B or better to be credited toward the requirements for the J.D.

Candidates for the dual-degree program will need to meet the separate admissions requirements of Georgia State Law and Georgia Tech’s School of City and Regional Planning. Admission into one program does not create a presumption favoring admission to the other. To be admitted to the dual-degree program, an applicant must be separately admitted to both the J.D. and the M.C.R.P. programs, and then must request to proceed in the dual-degree program.

Students interested in pursuing the dual degree may apply for admission into the College of Law and College of Architecture simultaneously, though they are not required to do so.

Students, who are first admitted into the J.D. program, should apply to the M.C.R.P. program as soon as possible. Students must be admitted into the M.C.R.P. program no later than the first semester of their third year of full-time law study. After a student has completed 65 hours of course work in the J.D. program, he or she will not be permitted to enroll in the M.C.R.P. program as a dual-degree candidate.

Students who are first admitted into the M.C.R.P. program should apply to the J.D. program no later than the fall semester of their second year of full-time study as a M.C.R.P. student. After a student has completed 31 hours of course work in the M.C.R.P. program, he or she will not be permitted to enroll in the J.D. program as a dual-degree candidate.

The law degree must be completed within six years of the initial semester of enrollment in the J.D. program.

 
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