The Undergraduate-to-Graduate (U2G) degree between Environmental Policy and Planning (EPPL) in Geographical and Sustainability Sciences and Urban and Regional Planning (URP) allows students to earn an undergraduate degree and a master’s degree in five years.

Benefits of pursuing the combined degrees include:

  • Time to completion of two degrees is five years instead of six
  • Apply course credit to both degrees
  • Save time and money
  • Eligibility for graduate assistantships
  • Gain skills in the critical areas needed by employers
  • Graduate with the professional credentials to enter the field of planning


By completing the master's degree in planning, the undergraduate EPPL degree is enhanced with in-depth graduate study and professional education focused on urban planning, including environmental planning.


Applicants to the U2G program should apply for admission during the second semester of their junior year. Complete application instructions can be found here. The application requirements are:

  • Completion of 80 semester hours of undergraduate work
  • Successful completion of URP:3001 Planning Livable Cities
  • A minimum GPA of 3.25

Coursework and Timeline

Year 1

  • Undergraduate coursework

Year 2

  • Undergraduate coursework
  • URP:3001 Planning Livable Cities

Year 3

  • Undergraduate coursework
  • Must complete 80 semester hours of undergraduate coursework to apply
  • GPA of 3.25 or higher

Year 4

  • Complete bachelor's degree requirements
  • Take up to 18 semester hours of graduate coursework
  • Pay undergraduate tuition rate until bachelor's degree confirmed
  • Complete Funding Application/Award Form and submit to Abbi Castle by January 15 for priority funding in Year 5

Bachelor's degree conferred

Year 5

  • Complete graduate coursework
  • Pay graduate tuition rate and become eligible for graduate assistantship

Master's degree conferred

Sample Plans of Study

Plan of Study for B.S. EPPL

Plan of Study for B.A. EPPL