BSSBE (4+1) MURP
The Combined SBE + MURP Degree Program provides academically qualified students an opportunity to complete both the Bachelor of Science in Sustainability and the Built Environment (BSSBE) and the Master of Urban and Regional Planning (URP) degrees in a shorter period of time. The program allows students to “double-count” graduate courses toward both degrees, thus reducing the time it would normally take to graduate by a semester or more. The Combined Degree program reduces the cost of both degrees and enhances students’ marketability for career advancement.
All Combined Degree programs at UF require a minimum 3.2 cumulative GPA and students must take the GRE. The MURP Combined Degree Program requires students who meet the Combined Degree application requirements to complete 21 credits of graduate courses during their junior and senior years. These credits will satisfy the undergraduate degree requirements and, if students are admitted to graduate school at UF upon completion of their Bachelor’s Degree, the 21 credits also will satisfy graduate degree requirements when completed with grades of B or higher. Once admitted to the Master of Urban & Regional Planning program, students are required to complete an additional 31 credits of graduate courses for a total of 52 credits required to receive an MURP. While an example curriculum is linked below, the +MURP Program can be customized and tailored to meet each student’s schedule and interest.
How to Apply
Meet with URP’s Undergraduate Coordinator during your sophomore year or two years prior to completing your Bachelor’s degree to determine whether you are eligible. If eligible, fill out an application form in consultation with both the Undergraduate and Graduate Coordinators in URP. During the first semester of your senior year, take the GRE and initiate the Graduate School application process. Meet with URP’s Graduate Coordinator as needed regarding any questions about the admissions process into the URP graduate program. It is the applicant’s responsibility to provide complete documentation to the Department of Urban and Regional Planning, the Office of Admissions, and the Graduate School by the respective deadlines.
Financial aid may be available for the graduate portion of the program. Undergraduate degree costs should be satisfied with existing financial aid, such as Bright Futures and Prepaid Tuition. Bright Futures can cover the undergraduate costs of graduate courses that apply to the undergraduate degree up to the maximum allowed by Bright Futures for the respective undergraduate program. Prepaid Tuition can fund the first 120 hours of the undergraduate program. Students will be responsible for the difference in tuition between the undergraduate and graduate course rates.
Advantages of the Combined Degree Program
- Academically qualified students can obtain undergraduate and graduate degrees in much less time than two separate degrees
- The program provides continuity between undergraduate and graduate studies
- The cost of both degrees is reduced since 21 credits apply toward both degrees and the undergraduate portion of those credits can be covered by undergraduate financial aid
- Students’ marketability is greatly enhanced and the array of job opportunities widened as many professions now require a master’s degree for entry-level positions
- Students’ exposure to interdisciplinary work increases exponentially
- A Master’s Degree in Urban & Regional Planning allows students to obtain certification and membership in the American Institute of Certified Planners