Accelerated BSP Urban Planning and MUEP Urban and Environmental Planning


Minimum cumulative GPA of 3.0 in all courses taken at ASU; minimum of 3.5 GPA in all planning courses.

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 GIS 205 Geographic Information Science I.

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.

*Please meet with your advisor to check eligibility

Fast facts

4+1/accelerated programs save time since a bachelor’s and master’s degree can be obtained in as little as 5 years*

4+1/accelerated programs save students money since students are saving time by sharing credits between the undergraduate and graduate program (less time = less tuition paid)

Students with the New American University Dean’s, Provost’s, President’s or National Scholar scholarship who complete their undergraduate program in less than 8 semesters can apply any remaining awards to an ASU on-ground graduate program*

Placement data of Master’s program (+1 component of 4+1 degree) graduates:

Department of Labor Salary Range for students with a Master’s degree vs. Undergraduate degree

Waived application requirements for 4+1/accelerated applicants:

*Always consult with financial aid to ensure eligibility 

Timeline – From Application to Student:

Freshman – First Semester of Junior Year:

  • Direct questions to your undergraduate academic advisors.

Junior Year (January – February):

  • Graduate advisor checks your eligibility and will send you 4+1 information and instructions for the Preliminary Application.
  • Meet with undergraduate advisor to plan coursework for senior year.

Junior Year (January 1- March 15):

  • Submit Preliminary Application by March 15
  • MUEP Director reviews; if Preliminary Application is approved, graduate advisor will contact you with the next steps

Senior Year (June 1/Summer before graduate year):

  • Formally apply for Graduate Admission for the upcoming Fall semester (your graduate year).
  • MUEP Director reviews and processes admission decision; graduate advisor will contact you with next steps
  • Enroll in required graduate level courses for Fall of senior year.  

Shared classes

Senior Year Graduate Year
  • PUP 520: Planning Practice, Ethics & Processes (3)
  • PUP 571: Planning Methods I (3)
  • PUP 510: Participating in Public Planning* (3)
  • PUP 501: Planning History and Theory (3)
  • PUP 642: Urban and Regional Economic Analysis (3)
  • Approved graduate elective** (3)
  • Approved graduate elective** (3)
  • Approved graduate elective** (3)
  • PUP 576: GIS Workshop for Planners (3)
  • PUP 579: Planning Methods II (3)
  • Approved graduate elective** (3)
  • PUP 544: Urban Land Use Planning
  • PUP 542: Environmental Planning*
  • PUP 531: Planning & Development Control Law*
  • Culminating experience (choose one)***
    • PUP 580: Planning Workshop (5) or
    • PUP 593: Applied Project (5) or
    • PUP 599: Thesis (6)

The listed classes are required and cannot be waived or substituted, with the exception of PUP 576. PUP 576 may be waived with ample GIS experience. A formal education (degree, certificate, minor) in GIS or specific ASU undergraduate coursework (GIS 205, GIS 211, and GIS 311) automatically qualifies students for the waiver. Any other circumstances (other coursework, internship, volunteer, or work experience) must be petitioned. Submit the Course Waiver form to check for waiver eligibility. A substitute course for PUP 576 must be chosen from the Approved Method Courses list.

* Courses have an undergraduate equivalent. In order to ensure that the class will count for credit towards MUEP, students must enroll in the 500+ courses as indicated above. PUP 598 is an MUEP elective but the undergraduate equivalent (PUP 410) may be applied toward the bachelor’s degree. Therefore, it is recommended that students take PUP 598 so that it may count toward both degree programs. PUP 531 is required for the MUEP so should be taken instead of the undergraduate equivalent (PUP 432). PUP 542 is required for the MUEP so should be taken instead of the undergraduate equivalent (PUP 442).

** Consult graduate advisor for approved electives. A maximum of 6.0 credits 400-level coursework may be taken as electives during the graduate year. 400-level coursework taken during the senior year is not eligible to be applied toward the MUEP degree.

*** Culminating experience options are a traditional capstone PUP 580 Planning Workshop (5.0 credits), a professional project PUP 593 Applied Project (5.0 credits), or a thesis PUP 599 Thesis (6.0 credits).



Beverly Davis
480-965-7533 (main office)


Christopher Clanahan
480-965-7533 (main office)