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Accelerated BSP and MUEP program

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.

Eligibility

This accelerated degree is intended for high performing undergraduate students. All candidates must have:

  • Minimum cumulative GPA of 3.5 in all courses taken at Arizona State University
  • Minimum 75 credit hours toward BSP degree at the time of application
  • Completed 90 credits of undergraduate study before enrolling in any accelerated course that will be included in BSP program of study
  • Completed PUP 190 Sustainable Cities, PUP 301 Introduction to Urban Planning and PUP 363 History of Planning

Plan of Study Worksheet

This worksheet outlines courses to be taken during each year of the accelerated BSP-MUEP degree program:  Plan of Study Worksheet

 

Two-Step Application Process 

Step 1:  Preliminary Application to the BSP/MUEP (deadline: March 15 of Junior Year)

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:

  • Complete the preliminary online application.
  • Personal statement including career and/or educational goals, accomplishments and other pertinent information that will help the admissions committee evaluate the applicant.  
  • Two letters of recommendation (LOR) from planning faculty. Letters must be sent to geoplan.gradadvising@asu.edu directly from the faculty member. Letters will not be accepted from the student.
  • Unofficial transcript from ASU as of the day the application is submitted.

The admissions committee will review the preliminary online application and instruct you regarding Step 2.

Step 2:  Application for Graduate Admission (deadline: June 1 of Senior Year)

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.

Satisfactory Academic Progress

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.