Combination Degree Program

The Department of Urban and Regional Planning offers a combination degree program that allows academically qualified students to earn both a bachelor’s degree and Master of Urban and Regional Planning degree within a five-year period, rather than the usual six years.

Interested students should meet with an academic adviser as early in the sophomore year of their undergraduate career as possible to determine their eligibility. Students should complete the combination degree application before the completion of the first semester of their junior year and before they have enrolled in the graduate courses that can be counted towards both degrees. A total of 21 credit hours of graduate coursework completed with grades of B or higher can count towards both degrees.

The minimum qualification for initial acceptance into the Combination Degree Program is a 3.2 GPA. Acceptance into the 4+1 Combination Degree program does not guarantee acceptance into the URP graduate program. You will need to complete the Graduate School application during your senior year.

How to Apply
Step One:

  • Meet with the Undergraduate Advisor during your sophomore year or two years prior to completing your bachelor’s degree to determine whether you are eligible.
  • If eligible, schedule a meeting with the URP Graduate Coordinator. Fill out a combination degree application formin consultation with both your Undergraduate Advisor and the URP Graduate Coordinator. Respond to the essay prompts required with the application to the combination degree program.
  • If admitted to the combination degree program, student will register for up to 21 credits of graduate level courses in their junior and senior years that will be counted towards both degrees.

Step Two:

  • Meet with URP’s Graduate Coordinator as needed regarding any questions about the admissions process into the URP graduate program.
  • During the first semester of your senior year, initiate the Graduate School application process. For more information, visit our Admissions page.

Transfer of Credits

  • During the first semester following award of the bachelor’s degree, Combination Degree coursework (up to 21 credits from courses with a grade of “B” or better) will be transferred to count towards graduate degree.

*ANY changes to the student’s combination degree agreement plan (which includes the term and final grades of the shared courses), MUST be promptly reported to both academic program assistants/advisors, who will notify the graduate school of the changes. Changes that are NOT reported at the time the course is registered for, MAY delay the degree certification of the student, and possibly even the semester the student can graduate in.

If you have any questions about the Master of Urban and Regional Planning Combination Degree Program, please contact Dr. Laura Dedenbach, AICP, Graduate Coordinator, at, or Vanessa Niblett, Academic Assistant, at

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