Juris Doctor and Master of Arts in Urban Planning and Development

The School of Law and Center for Sustainability offer a J.D./ M.A. in Urban Planning and Development. The Master’s in Urban Planning and Development will help students understand the complex world of urban development from both the public and private sectors, and develop professional competencies in spatial and policy analysis, real estate finance, and communication across diverse audiences. Pairing a law degree with an urban planning and development degree creates a highly relevant and valuable combination in the local, national, and global economy.

Students complete their required first year core curriculum in the School of Law. Thereafter, students may begin the Urban Planning and Development program in addition to their law studies. Students will complete the two degrees in four or four and one-half years. The dual program ordinarily will require students to complete a total of 115-118 hours of course work (82 hours in the School of Law and 33-36 hours in the Center for Sustainability) to satisfy the requirements of the two programs. Of the 91 hours required for the J.D. degree, nine hours are satisfied by completion of Urban Planning courses. To request law course credit for these nine hours, students must complete the Request for Dual Degree Non-Law Credits to be Applied to School of Law Transcript form. Twelve hours of law courses will be accepted toward completion of the hours required for the Urban Planning and Development degree.

For further information please contact Professor Douglas Williams at (314) 977-2786 or the University Center for Sustainability at (314) 977-3608.