Accelerated BS GIS and MUEP

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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 Geographic Information Science to be enrolled simultaneously in the Master of Urban and Environmental Planning degree program. 

These students are permitted to take up to 12 credits of graduate courses as undergraduates after admission to the fast track. The graduate coursework can be applied toward the undergraduate degree and toward the MUEP plan 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:

  • Minimum cumulative GPA of 3.0 in all courses taken at ASU; minimum of 3.5 GPA in all GIS courses
  • Minimum 75 credit hours toward BS degree at the time of application
  • Completed 90 credits of undergraduate study before enrolling in any accelerated course that will be included in BS program of study
  • Completed GIS 205 Geographic Information Science I, GIS 211 Geographic Information Science II, and GIS 311 Geographic Information Science III

Online Students: The MUEP program is offered on campus only. To pursue the accelerated master’s degree, you must change your program from online to on campus prior to starting your senior year. You can still submit a preliminary application as an online student, and make the campus change after your application is evaluated. Please contact your undergraduate advisor for more information on campus changes. Do not make any campus changes before talking with your undergraduate advisor and discussing the application process with graduate advisors.

Plan of Study Worksheet

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

Note: The expected course load is quite heavy during the graduate year. It is recommended that students consider requesting summer MUEP admission and taking some elective credits during the summer immediately after graduating from the BS program. This will lighten the load during the graduate fall and spring semesters. Contact with questions.

Two-Step Application Process 

Step 1:  Preliminary Application to the Accelerated MUEP (Preliminary Application period is January 1-March 15. Applications are due 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 (two pages max) 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 ASU faculty. Letters must be sent to 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 (opens September 1 of Senior Year)

The Graduate Admission Application must be completed for admission to the program for the fall of the graduate year.

You must have already completed the preliminary online application (Step 1) and received approval from the admissions committee to submit the Graduate Admission Application.

You must have completed 90 credit hours of coursework before fall of senior year.

After Step 2 is completed, the admissions committee will review the Graduate Admission Application and the final grades earned in the Spring of the junior year. The Spring term GPA must be 3.0 or higher to be considered for admission. Applicants with an Incomplete on the transcript will not be admitted to the 4+1 program. Incomplete work must be resolved no later than the grade posting deadline for Summer B session prior to the start of the senior year.

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 BS degree is completed and the student’s bachelor’s degree has been awarded and posted to the student’s transcript. 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 bachelor’s 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 BS 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.