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The J.D.- M.U.E.P. program normally takes four years to complete. The program consists of two semesters in the Architecture School program and six semesters at the School of Law. Students are required to meet all of the requirements set by the respective departments for the award of both the J.D. and the M.U.E.P. degrees. In the School of Law this means that the student must complete the required curriculum, meet minimum academic standards, and earn a minimum of 86 credits and six residency semesters in the School of Law and a minimum of 51 credits in the School of Architecture.
With the approval of the School of Law faculty advisor, students may receive 12 of the 86 credits required for the J.D. degree in appropriate graduate-level work in the Department of Urban and Environmental Planning and, when appropriate, from other graduate offerings at the University. In all cases, the School of Law representative must approve credit for any course taken outside the School of Law to be applied towards the J.D. degree before the student enrolls in the course. NOTE: Credit towards the J.D. degree cannot be granted for course work completed prior to matriculation at the School of Law. Similarly, with the approval of the Department of Urban and Environmental Planning representative, 20 credits earned in School of Law courses may be counted toward the M.U.E.P. NOTE: In accordance with ABA standards, J.D. degree candidates may not enroll in more than 17 credits total in any semester.
The University of Virginia School of Architecture and the Frank Batten School of Leadership and Public Policy offer a combination (formerly termed “dual”) degree program which leads to the completion of the MUEP and MPP degrees in three years instead of the four years that would be required if each degree were pursued independently. The program is administered by faculty advisors from the School of Architecture and Batten School. A student who wishes to be admitted into the combination program must apply to each school separately and be admitted to both the School of Architecture and the Batten School through the normal admission process of each school. The fact that the student is a candidate for the combination program is not considered at this stage. Students who have been admitted to both schools and who wish to undertake the combination program should notify the registrar of each school and apply to the faculty advisors for permission to do so. Admission requires approval of both the Architecture and Batten faculty advisors.
Application to one school may be made either prior to entrance or while a first-year student at the other. The program takes three years to complete. All MUEP/MPP students complete a minimum of 31 credits in the School of Architecture for the MUEP, and 37 credits in the Batten School for the MPP. In no circumstances will a combination degree student be permitted to complete the program in fewer than three years (six semesters) of coursework. The program consists of the complete first-year program of each school, followed by one year of coursework taken from the curricula of the two schools. This coursework includes, in appropriate cases, courses from other graduate offerings at the University. Students who have been admitted to the combination program may elect whether they want to start at the School of Architecture or the Batten School and, in any event, must spend their first year in full-time residence in either the School of Architecture or the Batten School. The second-year is spent in the other school, again in full-time residence, in effect as regular first-year students. During the third year, students must complete the remaining required curricula of both schools.
Combination Degrees in Other Fields
Combination degrees are available also between Planning and each of the programs in the School of Architecture. All combination degree students complete a minimum of 30 credits for each degree, for a total of at least 60 credits in the School of Architecture. Please see the Graduate Director for more information.
This curriculum could permit students to start on a second Master’s Degree. Admission and acceptance of such courses must be approved by the administrators of the second Master’s Degree.
The Graduate Program in Urban and Environmental Planning is accredited by the Planning Accreditation Board, sponsored jointly by the American Institute of Certified Planners and the Association of Collegiate Schools of Planning.