All Degrees + Certificates

Dual Degrees within PennDesign

  • Master of Architecture and Master of Landscape Architecture
  • Master of City Planning and Master of Landscape Architecture
  • Master of Science in Historic Preservation and Master of Landscape Architecture
  • Master of Architecture and Master of City Planning
  • Master of City Planning and Master of Science in Historic Preservation
  • Master of City Planning and Master of Urban Spatial Analytics
  • Master of Architecture and Master of Science in Historic Preservation
  • Master of Fine Arts and Master of Landscape Architecture

Dual Degrees with Other University Programs


Master of City Planning/Master of Social Work
A joint degree is offered by the City Planning program in the School of Design and the School of Social Policy and Practice. The blended curriculum covers three years and may include one intervening summer. Students must take the required courses in each curriculum. Upon successful completion of the joint program, the student is awarded the degrees of Master of City Planning (MCP) and Master of Social Work (MSW).

Master of City Planning/Juris Doctor
The MCP/JD is a joint degree program sponsored by the Law School and the School of Design. The aim of the joint degree program is to train leaders who can blend the professional concerns of law and city and regional planning. This is a four-year program, plus one summer of office practice in the planning field. Students apply to each school independently through each program’s specified admission process.

In order for a student to receive both degrees, he or she must complete the independent degree requirements of each program. Law students must complete a minimum of 89 credits, 55 hours of which must be advanced credit completed in the second and third years of Law study. Students in the joint program may apply twelve semester hours (four courses) taken in the MCP program or elsewhere in the University while in their 2L and 3L years of the Law program toward that requirement, reducing their upper level credit requirement to 43 credits. These four courses are the total number of non-Law courses that a Law student can take in other departments of the University. Students must also satisfy the Law School’s pro bono requirement via the Public Service Program and fulfill senior writing and professional responsibility requirements (more on these requirements can be found in the Law Student Guide to Policy and Procedures).

Students must complete 19 course units for the Masters of City Planning (MCP) degree. Of these, ten course units are core requirements and must be taken in the MCP Program and 5 course units are courses taken in their area of concentration, selected from a list designated by the Department. Students are also required to complete four course units in the Law School selected in consultation with their Law School and MCP program advisors. Students may satisfy the elective requirements via City Planning related courses offered in the Law School. Electives must be approved in advance by the MCP Program Advisor.

Master of City Planning/Master of Public Administration
A joint degree is offered by the City Planning program in the School of Design and the Fels Institute of Government in the School of Arts and Sciences. Applicants to the dual-degree program apply separately to the School of Design and to the MPA program at Fels. Admission decisions are made independently by each department/program, and students may pursue a dual degree program only if admitted to both the School of Design and the Fels Institute of Government.  Master of City Planning/Master of Public Administration The MCP/MPA is a two and one half year program aimed at training leaders who blend city planning and government administration skills. It requires completion of 23 course units distributed as follows: 15 in city planning (10 course units in core courses and 4-6 in the area of concentration) and 8 in the government administration core requirements. Students also must complete an internship in the summer between the first and second years. Upon successful completion of the joint program, the student is awarded the degrees of Master of City Planning (MCP) and Master of Public Administration (MPA).

Master of Architecture, Master of City Planning, Master of Science in Historic Preservation or Master of Landscape Architecture/Master of Business Administration
PennDesign students in the masters programs in Architecture, Landscape Architecture, City and Regional Planning, and Historic Preservation have the option of simultaneously completing a Master of Business Administration (MBA) at the Wharton School. Applicants to the dual-degree program apply separately to the relevant department/program of the School of Design and to the MBA program of the Wharton School. Admission decisions are made independently by each department/program, and students may pursue a dual degree program only if admitted to both the School of Design and the Wharton School. Students already enrolled in the School of Design may apply to the Wharton School in the fall semester of their first year.

To satisfy the School of Design portion of the dual-degree program, students must take at least 25 course units in the architecture or landscape architecture departments or at least 15 course units in city planning or historic preservation. To satisfy the MBA portion of the dual-degree program, students must take at least 15 course units at the Wharton School. It is Wharton policy that courses taken at Wharton prior to admission may not be applied toward the degree requirements of the MBA program.

Dual degree students do one entire year at the School of Design, followed by one entire year at the Wharton School. In the case of Architecture and Landscape Architecture, this would be followed by two years of a combination of Design and Wharton courses. In the case of City Planning and Historic Preservation, this would be followed by one year of a combination of Design and Wharton courses.

Master of Architecture or Landscape Architecture/MBA (4 years, 40 CUs)
Year 1: Architecture or Landscape Architecture (10 CUs)
Year 2: Wharton School MBA core (10 CUs)
Years 3 & 4: Architecture or Landscape Architecture (15 CUs) + Wharton School MBA major (5 CUs)

Master of City Planning or Master of Science in Historic Preservation /MBA (3 years, 30 CUs)
Year 1: City Planning or Historic Preservation (10 CUs)
Year 2: Wharton School MBA core (10 CUs)
Year 3: City Planning or Historic Preservation (5 CUs) + Wharton School MBA major (5 CUs)