Undergraduate-to-Graduate (U2G) degree options

This is a universal Undergraduate-to-Graduate (U2G). It is open to students in all undergraduate majors at the University of Iowa.

Combined-degree options allow students to earn a graduate degree in planning and another degree in less time than would be required to obtain the two degrees independently. Courses for one degree are considered as elective credit for the other degree program.

Previously formalized Undergraduate-to-Graduate (U2G) options are available for those in Civil and Environmental Engineering (B.S.E.) and Environmental Policy and Planning (B.S. or B.A.).

Admission and Eligibility

Students should apply before the end of their junior year.

To be eligible for the URP Undergraduate-to-Graduate (U2G) program, students must have the following record:

  • Completion of 80 s.h. of undergraduate work
  • Transfer students need to have completed 30 s.h. at the University of Iowa
  • GPA of 3.25
  • Program is usually completed in senior year (senior classification/standing)

Information about all of the programs is available from the School of Planning and Public Affairs Admissions Coordinator, Anne Barber. Appointments with Anne may be made through Calendly.


Under the URP Undergraduate-to-Graduate (U2G) program, students are able to take up to 17 semester hours of credit in the MS in Urban and Regional Planning program that will also count toward the undergraduate degree. Students may select from the following courses (descriptions available in the General Catalog).

URP:6200 Analytic Methods I 3 s.h.
URP:6201 Analytic Methods II 3 s.h.
URP:6202 Land Use Planning:  Law and Practice 3 s.h.
URP:6203 The Making of Cities: History and Theories of Planning 3 s.h.
URP:6205 Economics for Policy Analysis 3 s.h.
URP:6208 Program Seminar 1 s.h.
URP:6233 Public Finance and Budgeting 3 s.h.