The Community and Regional Planning Program of the School of Architecture and Lyndon B. Johnson School of Public Affairs offer a dual degree program leading to the Master of Community and Regional Planning (MSCRP) and the Master of Public Affairs (MPAff). Many leadership positions in government and the nonprofit sector demand both knowledge of substantive community and regional planning issues and innovative approaches to policy analysis development and public management.

The program is structured so that students earn both Masters' degrees simultaneously in three years instead of four by eliminating duplicative course work in certain analytic areas and in general electives.

Program Structure

Public Affairs

  • 21 credit hours required Public Affairs core courses**
  • 6 credit hour Policy Research Project (two-semester course)
  • 6 credit hours public affairs relevant electives

Community and Regional Planning

  • 21 credit hours required CRP core courses**
  • 6 credit hour CRP Practicum
  • 6 credit hours CRP or CRP relevant electives

Students must apply to the Graduate School of the University of Texas for admission to the Dual MPAff and MSCRP programs. The admission process includes completion of the GRE examination, transcripts, and an admission form. Applicants must submit materials to each School (LBJ and Architecture) and be accepted by each School's admissions committee.

A student may apply to the dual degree program after having been admitted to either the MPAff. or MSCRP program, as long as the student has not yet matriculated from either program. The decision to accept a dual degree applicant will be jointly made by both schools' admission committees. Students in the dual degree program may, at any time, request a change of major from the dual degree program to either the MPAff or the MSCRP program. Students who exercise this option may not reenter the dual degree program.

*If the first reader of a student's Professional Report is an LBJ faculty member, this counts as 3 credit hours in the LBJ Public Affairs component. If the first reader is a CRP faculty member this counts as 3 credit hours in the CRP component.

**If a student takes PA 391-Public Financial Management, they must take 3 extra hours of elective credits in CRP. If they take CRP 381-Financing Public Services, they must take 3 extra hours of elective credits in LBJ-Public Affairs