In the latest example of institutional collaboration proposed by the presidents of New Jersey’s research universities and envisioned by Gov. James E. McGreevey, Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey, and the New Jersey Institute of Technology (NJIT) have announced a new dual-degree program.
Starting next fall, graduates from Rutgers’ Edward J. Bloustein School of Planning and Public Policy and NJIT’s New Jersey School of Architecture will receive a dual Master of City and Regional Planning (MCRP) and Master in Infrastructure Planning (MIP) degree upon completion of 60 credits. Thirty-six credits must consist of coursework in the Bloustein School’s Urban Planning and Policy Development Program, and 24 must be from the School of Architecture.
To complete the dual-degree program, each school will accept 12 credits from the other toward graduation requirements, thus reducing by 24 the total of 84 credits that would be needed to obtain the two degrees separately (48 for the MCRP degree and 36 for the MIP degree). Requirements can be fulfilled in a minimum of two years of full-time study.
The New Jersey School of Architecture’s MIP is the only program of its type in North America that focuses on infrastructure planning and design, and on interdisciplinary relationships with infrastructure engineering and technology. The emphasis is on physical planning and urban design, and combines teaching with applied research and practice by undertaking real-world projects sponsored by public and private agencies.
The Bloustein School program offers a broad array of courses in such areas as housing, transportation, community development, environment, urban and regional economics, and information technology. Concentrations include housing and real estate, transportation policy and planning, environmental and physical planning, regional development and developing nations, and urban and community development.
The MCRP degree is fully accredited and well-recognized, with more than 1,400 graduates since its inception in 1967.
“The dual-degree program has lots of promise and will produce extraordinarily well-rounded professionals,” said Dean Urs P. Gauchat of the New Jersey School of Architecture at NJIT. “The design and planning of or urban infrastructures clearly can have a most positive effect on the quality of life in our great state. The combination of analytic and synthetic skills offered will produce professionals better equipped to deal with large complex systems and to make informed choices in reshaping New Jersey’s and America’s cities.”
“Students enrolled in the program will receive broad training and develop skills in a range of areas, with a particular focus on physical planning, and will draw on renowned faculty from each institution,” said Dean James W. Hughes of the Bloustein School. “This type of institutional collaboration was central to the vision of Gov. McGreevey and the Commission on Health Science, Education and Training when they put forth the bold plan to restructure higher education in New Jersey. It also addresses the belief of Rutgers President Richard L. McCormick that such partnerships can be created outside a restructuring of New Jersey’s research universities to benefit all New Jerseyans.”
Rutgers and NJIT will offer two dual-degree tracks. The MCRP/MIP track will provide a sequence of courses suitable for students with educational backgrounds in the social sciences and engineering. The MIP/MCRP track is intended for students with professional degrees in architecture or who are prospective graduates of the professional Master of Architecture program at NJIT. In each case, students will attend classes at both institutions.