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Urban Planning / Public Administration

This program allows students to complete master’s degrees in Public Administration and in Urban Planning concurrently. The coordinated degree requires 42-45 credits of required courses and completion of a concentration in Public Administration (18 credits). However, because some courses completed for the core requirements of the MUP also may count toward the MPA concentration, students may complete the dual degree with a minimum of 54-57 credits. The total number of credits will depend on the student’s track and choice of concentration in public administration.

Required Courses in Urban Planning (27 credits)

UrbPlan 701 – Introduction to Land Use Planning, 1 credits
UrbPlan 702 – Introduction to Planning Law, 2 credits
UrbPlan 711 – Planning Theories and Practice, 3 credits
UrbPlan 720 – Urban Development Theory and Planning, 3 credits
UrbPlan 721 – Applied Planning Methods, 3 credits
UrbPlan 740 – Data Analysis Methods I, 3 credits
UrbPlan 810 – Planning Policy Analysis, 6 credits
UrbPlan 811 – Applied Planning Workshop, 3 credits

and any one of the following courses:
UrbPlan 751 – Introduction to Urban Design and Physical Planning, 3 credits
UrbPlan 791 – Introduction to Urban Geographic Information Systems for Planning, 3 credits
UrbPlan 857 – Urban Design as Public Policy, 3 credits

Public Administration Concentration Requirement (18 credits)

Completion of all the requirements for one of the concentrations in Public Administration. A maximum of six credits of MUP core courses may be used as electives in the MPA concentrations.

Required Courses in Public Administration:
Bus Adm 738 – Human Resource Management, 3 credits
Pol Sci 763 – Scope and Dynamics of Public Administration, 3 credits
UrbPlan 630 – Budgeting and Finance in the Public Sector, 3 credits
UrbPlan 991 – Legislative/Administrative Agency Internship, 3 credits

One seminar in organizational management and leadership selected from the following list:
Bus Adm 443 – Special Topics in Human Resources Management: (Subtitled), 3 credits
Bus Adm 732 – Transforming Organizations, 3 credits
Bus Adm 737 – Managerial Decisions and Negotiations, 3 credits

Note: The internship requirement will be waived for students with significant public sector work experience.

Graduate Grievance Procedures

Federal law and UWM policy require programs and departments to have procedures for graduate students to appeal academic decisions such as grades or scholastic standing. These procedures ensure the protection of students’ rights. These pages serve as a reference on procedures for graduate student academic appeals.