The Department currently offers two joint degree programs for students with multiple professional interests.

  1.  A dual Master degree is available through a cooperative program with The Hunter-Bellevue School of Nursing, leading to an MS Nursing Administration and an MS Urban Policy and   Leadership, see below.
  2. A joint MUP/JD degree is available through a cooperative program with Brooklyn Law School. For more information, see below.


The Dual MS Degree Nursing Administration/Urban Policy and Leadership is a 52 credit program designed for licensed nurses interested in assuming positions of leadership in a variety of healthcare settings. Through both traditional academic and applied fieldwork, students will learn how to navigate complex socio-political systems, identify and assess assets and needs, empower and mobilize people and resources, and craft actionable solutions to complex policy problems. The program is multidisciplinary. Students will take 27 credits in the Department of Urban Policy and Leadership (Dual Degree -MSUPL Curriculum-Guide-For Nursing Students), and 25 credits in the Hunter Bellevue School of Nursing. Courses are offered in the evening to accommodate those working full time. Upon completion of the program requirements for each side of the degree program, students will receive two Master’s degrees. The following is a link to a program fact sheet outlining all requirement for the dual degree:

This program is only open to NY State licensed RNs, who have completed a BS degree in nursing from an accredited program with a cumulative GPA of 3.0 overall and in nursing coursework and the completion of a basic statistics and research course. Students applying to this program will complete a single application, which will be reviewed by each program separately. Thus, students will need to be admitted to both programs but will do so through a single application. For further information on the Nursing Administration side of the program and more general information on admission requirements to the dual degree program, contact Dr. Lynda Olender at the Hunter Bellevue School of Nursing. For further information on the MS Urban Policy and Leadership side of the degree contact Prof. Jill Simone Gross, PhD., Director


MUP/JD Brooklyn Law School and Hunter Urban Policy & Planning jointly sponsor a program leading to the degrees of Juris Doctor (JD) and Master of Urban Planning (MUP).

Urban planners often turn to the legal profession for implementation of their work, and lawyers seek planners’ advice in identifying present and future land use choices and regarding other development issues for public and private clients. Individuals with credentials in both areas are increasingly sought as advisors for urban policy makers and clients with urban land problems. This program is designed to provide students with the knowledge, skills and background necessary to practice both professions.

Students must apply and be accepted to both programs separately. Hunter College admits students for either the fall or spring semester. Students typically spend their first year at BLS, followed by one year at Hunter College, and then the remaining time integrating studies by registering concurrently in both schools. Advisors at both institutions, however, will work directly with individual students to devise the most appropriate plan of study.

Students can pursue an MUP/JD on a full or part-time basis. In the MUP/JD joint program, a student may receive up to 9 of the 86 credits required for the JD degree by successfully completing approved course work in the MUP program. Similarly, a student may receive up to 15 of the 54 credits for the MUP degree by successfully completing approved law school courses. Students enrolled in the law school’s full-time program may complete the requirements for both degrees in four to five years, depending on the number of summer courses. If pursued on a part-time basis, the program generally takes five to six years to complete depending on the number of summer courses. With approval, the MUP degree may be awarded in advance of the JD degree; otherwise, degrees are awarded concurrently upon completion of all degree requirements.