The Undergraduate-to-Graduate (U2G) degree between Environmental Policy and Planning (EPPL) in Geographical and Sustainability Sciences and Urban and Regional Planning 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 Undergraduate-to-Graduate (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 17 semester hours of graduate coursework
  • Pay undergraduate tuition rate until bachelor's degree confirmed
  • Complete Funding Application/Award Form and submit to Anne Nessa 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