Students in the Master in Urban Planning (MUP) program can undertake concurrent degrees with other departments at the GSD and joint degrees with certain schools outside the GSD. Concurrent degree students must be in full-time residence at the GSD for at least one additional year beyond the longer of the two degree programs.

Concurrent Degrees

Popular concurrent degrees include MUP with:

Master in Landscape Architecture (MLA)
Master in Architecture (MArch)
Master in Urban Design (MAUD/MLAUD)
Master in Design Studies (MDes)

In addition to the general combination of the MUP with any MDes area, it is possible to use a dual degree in MUP and MDes to pursue advanced training in physical planning, over the course of three years of study.

For general information and policies on pursuing concurrent degrees, visit the main page on Concurrent and Joint Degrees.

Joint Degrees

Joint degree programs include:
Public Policy and Urban Planning
Public Administration and Urban Planning
Law and Urban Planning
Public Health and Urban Planning

Joint Degree in Public Policy and Urban Planning

Harvard Kennedy School (HKS) and the Harvard University Graduate School of Design (GSD) offer a joint degree program in public policy and urban planning. The joint degree program permits students to pursue a Master in Public Policy (MPP) degree at HKS and a Master in Urban Planning (MUP) degree at the GSD and to complete both degrees in three years, rather than the four years that would be required if the two degrees were pursued independently. Students in the joint degree program must complete all of the basic requirements for both the MPP and MUP degrees.

A committee made up of HKS/GSD Professor Jose A. Gomez-Ibanez and GSD Professor Jerold S. Kayden (“Faculty Committee”) oversees the degree program. The Faculty Committee is responsible for making decisions regarding the structure and requirements of the program and for working with students.

For details, please read the guide to the Joint MUP/MPP Degree Plan (PDF).

Joint Degree in Public Administration and Urban Planning

Harvard Kennedy School (HKS) and the Harvard University Graduate School of Design (GSD) offer a joint degree program in public administration and urban planning. The joint degree program permits students to pursue a Master in Public Administration (MPA) or Master in Public Administration in International Development (MPA/ID) degree at HKS and a Master in Urban Planning (MUP) degree at the GSD and to complete both degrees in three years, rather than the four years that would be required if the two degrees were pursued independently. Students in one of these joint degree programs must complete all of the basic requirements for both the MPA (or MPA/ID) and MUP degrees.

A committee made up of HKS/GSD Professor Jose A. Gomez-Ibanez and GSD Professor Jerold S. Kayden (“Faculty Committee”) oversees the degree program. The Faculty Committee is responsible for making decisions regarding the structure and requirements of the program and for working with students.

For details, please read the guide to the Joint MUP/MPA Degree Plan (PDF).

Joint Degree in Law and Urban Planning

Harvard Law School (HLS) and the Harvard University Graduate School of Design (GSD) offer a joint degree program in law and urban planning permitting students to pursue a Juris Doctor (JD) degree at HLS and a Master in Urban Planning (MUP) degree at the GSD. Students complete both degrees in four years, rather than the five years that would be required if the degrees were pursued independently. Students in the joint program must complete all of the basic requirements for both the MUP and JD degrees.

A committee made up of HLS Professor Jerry Frug and GSD Professor Jerold Kayden (“Faculty Committee”) oversees the joint degree program. The Faculty Committee is responsible for making decisions regarding the structure and requirements of the program and for working with the students enrolled in the program.

More detail about this program is available on the Harvard Law School web site.

Joint Degree in Public Health and Urban Planning

The master of urban planning and master of public health joint degree program at the Harvard Graduate School of Design and the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health is designed to support and encourage students seeking a transdisciplinary education in urban planning and public health, and prepare them for leadership positions at the intersection of these fields. By enrolling concurrently in both the MUP and the 65-credit MPH in environmental health, global health, health and social behavior, health management, or health policy, students will be introduced to the domestic and international issues entailed in promoting and designing healthier communities, cities, and metropolitan areas, as well as the environmental, social, and health issues that result from specific building and city designs.

The fields of urban planning and public health were tightly intertwined when they were first developed, with common goals of eliminating poverty and decreasing infectious diseases in emerging cities. Recently in the face of increasing urbanization and globalization, the fields have reconnected. There is a renewed recognition of the need for leaders to understand both disciplines to effectively influence planning and policy, and improve and protect the public’s health.

The MUP/MPH joint degree program is an integrated experience that provides the student with a deeper, more cohesive understanding of the two distinct fields. The benefit of the concurrent degree program is that students are able to interweave and integrate coursework in the foundations of public health with the principles of urban planning and receive two degrees in one semester fewer than it would take to complete both degrees separately. This unique program provides students with the opportunity to gain skills in a number of areas including policy, environmental exposures, sustainability, and social determinants of health.

For details, please read the guide to the Joint Degree in Public Health and Urban Planning (PDF).