Concurrent Masters Degree Program: MUEP and Masters in Sustainable Solutions (MSUS)

Sustainability is a dynamically-growing realm that is now a critical component of urban and regional planning. And for students of sustainability, the field of planning offers critical expertise in numerous areas– climate change adaptation, smart growth, repairing sprawl, form‐based code, transit-oriented development, restoring Brownfields, greening cities and more.

ASU offers an opportunity to build expertise in both sustainability and planning through a concurrent degree program in which students earn both a Master in Urban and Environmental Planning (MUEP) and a Master of Science in Sustainable Solutions (MSUS) in a 3 year period.

How to apply

Concurrent applicants will need to apply to each degree program separately, and must meet the admissions criteria for each program. If you are considering a concurrent degree you should apply to both programs as soon as possible, because course work in a degree program completed before admission to that degree program will not be counted towards the concurrent degree unless you are enrolled in both programs.

If you are already enrolled in one program and are interested in pursuing the other degree, you only need to complete the application for the second degree program. To facilitate the admissions process, let the advisor in your current program know that you are interested in earning concurrent degrees, and are applying to the second program.

MUEP - Application Requirements

MSUS – Application Requirements

After being admitted

After you have been admitted to both programs, notify both schools. Each school will then send a letter informing Graduate College that you have approval to pursue the concurrent degrees. The Graduate College will then register you in the Concurrent Degree Program.

Degree requirements

The concurrent degree curriculum is intended to be completed within 3 academic years. The concurrent degree requirements are as follows:

Credit Hours

MSUS degree credit hours


MUEP degree credit hours


MSUS/MUEP concurrently in total requires


Credit hours shared by concurrent arrangement (20%)


Total credit hours required for MSUS/MUEP


The following are the courses which will be shared concurrently between the MUEP and the MSUS degree programs.

PUP 571 Planning Methods I

3.0 credits

Year One

PUP 576 GIS Workshop for Planners

3.0 credits

Year One

MSUS Competency Course

3.0 credits

Year One

MUEP/MSUS Graduate Elective

3.0 credits

Year Two

MUEP/MSUS Graduate Elective

3.0 credits

Year Two

Please refer to these resources to be sure you are aware of the degree requirements for each degree program for the year in which you enroll.

MUEP - Degree Requirements

MSUS - Degree Requirements

MUEP/MSUS Plan of Study

More information

For more information about each respective program:

School of Geographical Sciences and Urban Planning:

School of Sustainability graduate advisor: Melissa Dengler (