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Dual Degree Opportunities : Urban Planning

The Stephen M. Ross School of Business at the University of Michigan and the Urban and Regional Planning Program through the Rackham School of Graduate Studies offer a dual degree program that enables qualified students to pursue concurrent work in business administration and urban and regional planning, leading to the Master of Business Administration (MBA) and Master of Urban Planning (MUP) degrees.

Students can complete all requirements for both degrees within six semesters of full-time study. Students registered in their first year of either program may apply.

Students admitted to this dual degree program must satisfy the following requirements:

1) MBA 57 credit hour degree program including:

  • 45 Business Administration Credits, made up of:
    • Roughly 30 credit hour MBA core (no credit is awarded for Business Administration courses successfully waived; credit must be earned with Business electives);
    • Roughly 15 elective hours in Business Administration;
    • MBA Communication Requirement.

2) MUP 48 credit hour degree program including:

  • MUP core (minimum of 30 hours must be in graduate-level urban planning courses and no more than 8 hours of which may be in individual study-type courses);
  • Minimum of 4 hours of electives outside the Program.

The total credit hours for the dual degree must be at least 84.
Each student must take at least 45 credits of Business School courses and at least 30 credits of Urban and Regional Planning courses. The additional 9 credits can be registered in either program. Students normally register one year entirely in one school and a second year entirely in the other school. In the third year, students split registration and combine courses from both schools. Students should see a counselor to determine an appropriate plan of study.

Candidates interested in the dual program must file separate applications to be admitted by both schools. Applicants must indicate on both applications that they are applying for this specific dual degree program.

Please see below for a sample plan of this dual degree program.

Starting at Business School
Year 1
Fall Term Courses Credits
Accounting 502 2.25
Marketing 503 2.25
Business Economics 502 2.25
Strategy 502 2.25
OMS 502 2.25
Finance 503 or 513 2.25
MO 503 2.25


Winter Term Courses Credits
Accounting 552 2.25
Operations Management 552 2.25
MAP – BA 553 7.5
Business Elective 2.25
Total 14.25
Year 2
Fall Term Courses Credits
UP 540 3
UP 513 3
URP Elective 3
URP Elective 3
Total 12
Winter Term Courses Credits
UP 504 3
UP 505 3
URP Electives 6
Strategy 503 1.5


Year 3
Fall Term Courses Credits
URP Capstone requirement varies
Business Elective* 12
Bus Law or Ethics 1.5


Winter Term Courses Credits
URP Capstone requirement, cont. varies
Electives* 13.5


Note: At least three terms of full-time enrollment must be completed in Business Administration. Full-time enrollment is defined as 9 credit hours or more of coursework per term.

* Please see an academic counselor to plan appropriate electives that will satisfy requirements for both programs.

Sample Note: Credit per term will vary. Your credits per term may differ from sample.