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Community Planning and Law (LCPL)   

Program Title and Classification

Community Planning and Law

Graduate Degree Program

College: Architecture

Admissions Information

General Requirements:

Program-Specific Requirements:

  • Letters of Recommendation (3)
  • CV/Resume
  • Must apply to the M.C.P. and law programs separately and be accepted by both programs.

For more information about the law program, visit The University of Maryland School of Law. For the statement of purpose, in addition to the stated requirements, students should discuss specific interest in pursuing a concurrent dual degree within two programs.  The Law School Admission Test (LSAT) is required and must be submitted directly to the Maryland School of Law.

For more admissions information or to apply to the program, please visit our Graduate School website:

Application Deadlines

Type of Applicant Fall
Domestic Applicants:
US Citizens and Permanent Residents
17 Jan
International Applicants:
F (student) or J (exchange visitor) visas
A,E,G,H,I and L visas and immigrants.
17 Jan

Other Deadlines: Please visit the program website at

Degree Requirements

Master of Community Planning and Juris Doctorate (dual degree) (M.C.P. and J.D.)

Total CreditsCore RequirementsSpecialization Options

Non-thesis only: 48 credits required for the M.C.P.

URSP 600: Research Design and Application (3 credits)

URSP 601: Research Methods (3 credits)

URSP 603: Land Use Planning: Concepts and Techniques (3 credits)

URSP 604: The Planning Process (3 credits)

URSP 605: Planning History and Theory (3 credits)

URSP 606: Planning Economics (3 credits)

URSP 673: Social Planning (3 credits) or URSP 688Z: Planning and Design in the Multicultural Metropolis (3 credits)

URSP 608: Planning Technology (3 credits)

URSP 708: Community Planning Studio (6 credits)

URSP 709: Field Instruction (no credits)

Area of specialization (9 credits)

Electives (9 credits)

Local and Regional Economic Development

Land Use and Environmental Planning

Transportation Planning


The University of Maryland School of Law on the Baltimore campus (UMB) will accept up to 9 credits of MCP coursework towards the J.D. degree, and the Urban Studies and Planning Program will accept up to 9 credits of J.D. coursework towards the MCP degree. Applicants must apply to each program separately and be accepted by both programs. Credits from the MCP program can be transferred to the Law program only if they are taken while the student is enrolled in the Law program, and vice versa. Applicants interested in this joint program should use the LCPL code when applying to the Urban Studies and Planning Program.



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