Urban Studies and Planning and the Policy Sciences PhD program at the University of Maryland, Baltimore (UMB) have a cooperative agreement whereby MCP students interested in pursuing a PhD can save approximately one year of coursework in UMB's Policy Sciences Program.
Applicants must apply to each program separately, and be accepted by both programs. Students may apply jointly to both programs or may apply to the UMB PhD program after having been enrolled in or having completed the MCP at College Park.
Credits from the following UMD courses can be counted towards the 30 hours of required core and disciplinary concentration course credits in the UMB PhD program: URSP600 Research Design and Applications (3), URSP601 Research Methods (3) and URSP606 Microeconomics of Planning and Public Policy (3). Additional appropriate and relevant courses may be acceptable substitutes for UMBC Policy Sciences core and disciplinary concentration courses with the agreement of the Policy Sciences PhD Director.
In addition, with the approval of the UMB advisor in the policy track in which the student chooses to specialize, it may be possible for a student to transfer into the PhD program additional credits for UMD courses that are appropriate and directly related to that track. The student should discuss these courses with the track advisor at UMB and, if still at UMD, obtain the UMB track advisor's permission prior to taking the courses.
The maximum number of UMD credits that can be transferred to the UMB PhD Policy Sciences program is 24.
Up to 9 hours of credit for coursework taken in the UMB PhD program may be transferred to the UMD MCP program if the courses are relevant to the MCP program. If the maximum number of credits are transferred from both institutions, a student could receive an MCP from UMD with 42 course credits at UMD (instead of the normal 51) and 9 credits transferred from UMB. A student could receive a PhD from UMB with 24 course credits at UMB (instead of the normal 48) and 24 credits transferred from UMD, plus the dissertation. Students who have completed the MCP degree are eligible.
For more information about the Policy Sciences program, contact:
Sally Helms, Administrator of Academic Affairs
Policy Sciences Program
University of Maryland, Baltimore