Master of Community Planning + Master of Landscape Architecture (LACP)
The dual master’s program in Community Planning and Landscape Architecture combines key elements of the Master of Community Planning and the Master in Landscape Architecture. Student have two options for the Landscape Architecture portion of the dual degree. Those who did not major in landscape architecture as undergraduates will be enrolled in the First MLA Professional Degree Curriculum. Those students who already have a bachelor’s degree in Landscape Architecture will enroll in LARC’s Post-Professional degree program.
The dual degree enables students to complete the MCP and either of the two MLA degrees in a shorter period of time that if they earned one degree first and then enrolled in the other degree program, as shown below.
The current MCP degree requires the completion of 48 credit hours, while the current MLA degree requires 39 credits for a two-year post-professional degree and 70 credit hours (plus 6 credits at the 200 level) for a three-year first professional degree. This means that completing both degrees separately (one after the other) would require:
87 credit hours for the MCP and the 2 year MLA post-professional degree; or
118 credit hours for the MCP and the 3 year MLA first professional degree.
By participating in the dual degree program, the credit hour requirements would be:
60 credit hours for the MCP and the 2 year MLA post-professional degree; or
91 credit hours for the MCP and the 3 year MLA first professional degree.
The reduction in total credits from 87 to 60 credits for the 2 year MLA post-professional degree and MCP is achieved by counting courses towards both programs. 12 credits of the current MLA program would be satisfied by counting URSP or RDEV as courses. 15 credits of landscape architecture courses count as electives for the Master of Community Planning degree. This amount of double-counting for the proposed MCP/MLA program is possible because of the complementary missions of the two underlying degrees. The same type of double counting applies to the dual degree for students in the post-professional MLA program.