The Metro Growth Center's dual degree program allows graduate students an opportunity to simultaneously earn a Juris Doctor degree from Georgia State University and a Master of City and Regional Planning from Georgia Tech. This innovative J.D./MCRP program offers students an opportunity to receive both a law and a planning degree in just four years.
The J.D./MCRP was designed to provide students a broader educational experience, preparing them to deal effectively with the planning and legal aspects of urban and regional issues.
The objectives of this dual degree program are:
Instead of requiring three years of study for a J.D. and two more years for an MCRP, students in the dual degree program can count certain courses in one program towards the degree in the other program, earning their dual degree in just four years.
For students enrolled in the J.D./MCRP program, Georgia Tech'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 MCRP degree.
Georgia State University's College of Law will permit 12 semester hours of qualifying MCRP courses with a grade of "B" or better to be credited toward the requirements for the J.D. degree.
Candidates for the dual degree program will need to meet the separate admissions requirements of Georgia State University's College of Law and Georgia Tech's School of City and Regional Planning. Admission into one college will create no 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 MCRP 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, although they are not required to do so.
Students, who are first admitted into the J.D. program, should apply to the MCRP program as soon as possible. Students must be admitted into the MCRP 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, they will not be permitted to enroll in the MCRP program as a dual degree candidate.
Students, who are first admitted into the MCRP program, should apply to the J.D. program no later than the fall semester of their second year of full-time study as a MCRP student. After a student has completed 31 hours of course work in the MCRP program, they will not be permitted to enroll in the J.D. program as a dual degree candidate. Additionally, the law degree must be completed within six years of the initial semester of enrollment in the J.D. program.
For more information contact:
Professor and Ben F. Johnson, Jr. Chair of Law
College of Law
Georgia State University
Urban Life Center, Suite 400
140 Decatur Street
Atlanta, GA 30302-4037
Professor and Chair
School of City and Regional Planning
College of Architecture
Georgia Institute of Technology
245 Fourth St., NW #204
Atlanta, GA 30332-0155