The Department of Planning, Policy, and Design (PPD) and the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering (CEE) offer a concurrent degree program that allows students to jointly enroll in graduate programs to earn both a Master of Science in Civil Engineering (MSCE) and a Master of Urban and Regional Planning (MURP). The concurrent program requires completion of a set of courses in each program and a comprehensive exam or thesis which can typically can be completed in less than three years. 


Undergraduates who are interested in pursuing the concurrent MURP/MSCE degree should have a strong record of coursework in disciplines related to civil engineering and urban planning and they must meet the requirements for admission to both departments. Contact the programs' Graduate Coordinators for more information on requirements:

Janet Gallagher, MURP Graduate Coordinator

April Heath, MSCE Graduate Coordinator

Program of Study

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

The program core comprises 15 graduate courses for the transportation systems track, and 13 graduate and two undergraduate courses for the environmental hydrology and water resources track.

Students enrolled in the concurrent MURP/MSCE degree program choose to complete either a comprehensive exam or a thesis option. The thesis option requires completing the course requirements in PPD and CEE, including thesis units (eight units 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; and enough units of approved electives to meet the coursework requirements. The comprehensive exam option also requires completing the course requirements in both PPD and CEE, as well as a professional report, which represents a substantial piece of planning practice as the capstone event (the PR option requires completion of course 292 and an independent study 299, with the student’s faculty PR advisor). Required units include core courses and enough units of approved electives to fulfill requirements in both PPD and CEE, with no redundancy of core classes in either department. Electives in PPD may include four units of independent study or an approved undergraduate course.