Concurrent Masters Program in Civil Engineering and Planning


Concurrent MSCE/MURP Degree Program
The concurrent MSCE/MURP degree program allows students to simultaneously enroll in two separate graduate programs to earn a Master of Science in Civil Engineering (MSCE) from the Department of Civil & Environmental Engineering (CEE) and a Master in Urban and Regional Planning (MURP) from the Department of Planning, Policy, and Design (PPD). This concurrent degree program requires a minimum of 72 units and can be completed in two years, although the normal time-to-degree is two years and two quarters. Pursuing each degree separately requires three years and two quarters on average.

Program Admission
Students seeking admission to the concurrent MSCE/MURP degree must have a strong record of coursework in disciplines related to civil engineering and urban planning. Applications to each program require a separate application fee and admission decisions are made independently since admission requirements vary between the two departments. The same application material can be used by both programs. See program-specific admission information for Civil and Environmental Engineering and for Planning, Policy, and Design.

Program Requirements
The MSCE program requirements are the same as for a stand alone MSCE degree and must be satisfied in full. The MURP program requirements reflect some overlap in core courses and are thus reduced from those for the stand alone MURP degree. These revised requirements must be satisfied independent of MSCE requirements.

Program Tracks
The concurrent MSCE/MURP degree program is organized around two tracks:

Program Options
Students enrolled in the concurrent MSCE/MURP degree program choose between a thesis option and a comprehensive exam (All Course) option. The thesis option requires completing:

  • 72 units of study (eight of which may be taken in conjunction with the thesis research);
  • the completion of an original research project and the writing of a thesis to describe it;
  • required core courses in each program; and
  • enough units of approved electives to meet the minimum total requirement of 72 units

The comprehensive exam (All Course) option requires completing:

  • 72 units of study;
  • a professional report, which represents a substantial piece of planning practice, as the capstone event;
  • required core courses in each program; and
  • enough units of approved electives to meet the minimum total requirement of 72 units

Electives may include as many as eight units of independent studies or approved undergraduate courses, but no redundancy is allowed for satisfying course requirements. For more information about these requirements, see the program-specific requirements for MSCE and MURP programs.

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