Graduates of the undergraduate-to-graduate (U2G) degree program with Engineering will benefit from obtaining a combination of technical skills as well as an understanding of policy development and implementation. Such a combination of skills would prepare a graduate for a career as a public-works director, city engineer, transportation engineer, or in the public utilities sector.
Students pursuing a B.S.E. degree in Civil and Environmental Engineering may apply for admission to the U2G degree program with Planning (M.S.) during the second semester of their junior year. A complete application for admission to the Graduate College should be submitted at this time. Provided students meet all requirements for a B.S.E. in Engineering, Planning judges their application to the program as satisfactory, and their grade point average is at least 3.0, they would be admitted to the U2G program. Students who wish to apply for financial aid from Planning should submit funding requests per departmental requirements for spring and final year funding.
The U2G program enables a student to save one academic year while completing two degrees. U2G program students would normally begin to take Planning courses in their third and fourth years (the standard Engineering curriculum is to be taken during the first two years of the B.S.E.). During the fifth year (after receiving a B.S.E. in Engineering), the student will complete a curriculum similar to that of Planning's second-year students. A minimum of 30 semester hours must be taken after a student has received his/her undergraduate degree. In most cases, students in the U2G program will complete an approved planning internship during the summer between their fourth and fifth years. U2G program students will take the standard comprehensive examination administered to all M.S. in Planning students, during the last semester of the fifth year.
All course requirements of both academic units will be satisfied under the U2G program. One Planning core course (URP:6200, Analytic Methods I) is waived because Engineering students generally have an ample analytical background. With approval of the student’s Planning advisor, three hours of Engineering courses can be used to meet the requirements of the concentration.