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The School of Geographical Sciences & Urban Planning’s fast track approach allows highly qualified students who are finishing their Bachelor of Science in Planning degree to be enrolled simultaneously in the Master of Urban and Environmental Planning degree program. These students are permitted to take up to 18 credits of graduate courses as undergraduates after admission to the fast track, all of can be shared between the two degrees’ programs of study. In order to share coursework, students must be formally admitted to the MUEP program in the fall semester of their senior year.
This accelerated degree is intended for high performing undergraduate students. All candidates must have:
This worksheet outlines courses to be taken during each year of the accelerated BSP-MUEP degree program: Plan of Study Worksheet
The preliminary online application must be completed by March 15 (spring semester of junior year) for admission to the program the following fall semester.
The application requirements include:
The admissions committee will review the preliminary online application and instruct you regarding Step 2.
The Graduate Admissions Application must be completed by June 1 (summer before senior year) for admission to the program the following fall semester.
You must have already completed the preliminary online application (Step 1) and received approval from the admissions committee to submit the Graduate Admissions Application.
You must have completed 90 credit hours of coursework before fall of senior year. The GRE requirement is waived for 4+1 applicants.
Student progress toward completing both degrees will be monitored at the end of each academic year by both the undergraduate and graduate program coordinators. Written progress reports on work for the two degrees must be added to the student’s file at the end of each academic year.
Students in the Accelerated Program must maintain an overall ASU cumulative 3.0 GPA at both the graduate and undergraduate level. Students will officially be considered undergraduates until all work for the BSP degree is completed and the student’s bachelor’s degree has been awarded and posted to the student’s transcripts. They will NOT be eligible for teaching and research assistantships and related health insurance, financial aid, or graduate award programs until the undergraduate degree is completed.
Students must complete the bachelors’ degree within one academic year of the initiation of the joint degree program. A student will be removed from participation in the accelerated program if he or she does not complete the undergraduate program within one academic year after starting the joint program, or if their cumulative undergraduate GPA drops below 3.0, or if the student fails to register for classes in all successive spring-fall semesters. If removed from the accelerated program the student would be removed from the MUEP degree program, but would be permitted to continue in the BSP program. Such a student could later apply for regular admission to the MUEP program, but he or she would NOT be able to count any shared courses toward their MUEP program.