Urban Studies & Planning, BA & Urban Planning, MUP

For the degrees of Bachelor of Arts Major in Urban Studies & Planning and Master of Urban Planning in Urban Planning

department website: https://urban.illinois.edu

department faculty: Urban & Regional Planning Faculty

college catalog page: Fine & Applied Arts

college website: https://www.faa.illinois.edu/

The 4+1 program allows for students completing the BAUSP degree in the Department to complete the MUP on an accelerated timeline. The 4+1 program is highly selective. Each year, a limited number of outstanding BAUSP juniors are identified and invited to apply to the program. While students can notify the BAUSP Director of their interest in the 4+1 program, the Department will independently review student academic records to identify eligible candidates for the program.
In the fall and spring semesters of their senior year, the BAUSP Director will collect feedback on 4+1 student performance from their course instructors, and will make a determination regarding adequate progress in the program.
At the end of the senior year, the 4+1 student is qualified to graduate with the BAUSP degree, having met all the requirements of that program. In the senior year, 4+1 students wishing to complete the MUP degree will formally apply to the MUP program, submitting a full application package including recommendations, GRE scores, and transcripts.

For the degrees of Bachelor of Arts Major in Urban Studies & Planning and Master of Urban Planning in Urban Planning


General education: Students must complete the Campus General Education requirements including the campus general education language requirement.

Minimum hours required for graduation: 120 hours.

RHET 105Writing and Research (or equivalent)4
3-4 hours selected from:
Intro Asian American Studies
Intro to African American St
Contemp Issues in Ind Country
Global Development&Environment
Social and Cultural Geography
Intro Latina/Latino Studies
Introduction to Sociology
ECON 102Microeconomic Principles3
or ACE 100 Introduction to Applied Microeconomics
UP 116Urban Informatics I (or equivalent)3
or STAT 100 Statistics
Total Hours10
UP 101Introduction to City Planning3
UP 201Planning in Action3
UP 203Cities: Planning & Urban Life (or UP 204 Chicago: Planning and Urban Life)3
UP 312Communication for Planners4
UP 316Urban Informatics II3
Capstone Preparation: During the 3rd year, students enroll in UP 301, Capstone Preparation. Students meet individually with their capstone advisor to develop a plan to meet the capstone requirement. To pass this course students must turn in a proposal at the end of the semester.1
Capstone Experience: Students engage in a semester or summer-long applied activity outside of the classroom. The Capstone Experience is intended to engage the students in the real world and prepare them for the job market. Students typically complete this requirement during their junior year, but have the option to complete it during the summer between their 3rd and 4th year. Examples include a paid or unpaid internship, volunteer work, consulting project with a client, summer research and more. Students enroll in UP 390, Planning Internship, and/or UP 397, Undergraduate Project, to receive credit.3
Capstone Seminar: During the 4th year, students enroll in UP 401 for 2 semesters. Students will participate in monthly activities to discuss and reflect on the Capstone Experience. In addition. students will present a poster summarizing their capstone experience in a public setting; for example at a public engagement conference, public meeting or community meeting, McNair Scholars conference, James Scholars event, Illinois American Planning Association meeting, undergraduate research symposium, or other venue. The seminar sessions also include career development such as resume writing, interviewing and networking with professionals through the Wetmore Lecture Series.2
Concentration (select one): Sustainability, Policy & Planning, Social Justice, or Global Cities9-11
Total Hours31-33
BAUSP Senior Year
The MUP core courses meet the BAUSP requirements for UP electives and planning-related electives. 4+1 students are expected to enroll in the first year MUP core courses in their senior year, although they are not yet admitted to the MUP program.
Senior Workshop (pick 1 from the following or discuss other offerings with your advisor)4
Land Use Planning Workshop
Economic Development Workshop
Sustainable Planning Workshop
Small Town/Rural Planning Workshop
Community Development Workshop
UP 501Planning History and Theory4
UP 503Physical Planning4
UP 504Urban History and Theory4
UP 505Urban and Regional Analysis4
UP 511Law and Planning4


UP 510Plan Making4
UP 591Capstone Seminar (enrollment required for two semesters- 0 hours total)0
UP 598Master's Project8
or UP 599 Thesis Research
Once admitted to the MUP program, a 4+1 student must take 32 hours of graduate courses, 20 of which must be UP courses. These courses include the capstone seminar and master's project or thesis. The 32 hours of graduate courses is a minimum requirement for the MUP degree; it cannot be reduced by UP 590 internship or course waivers.32
Other MUP Requirements
Up to two MUP core courses may be included among the 32 hours. If more core courses are needed, then correspondingly more than 32 hours will be required for the MUP degree.
Minimum Hours Required Within the Unit: 20
Minimum 500-level Hours Required Overall: 16 (12 in UP)
Minimum GPA: 3.0