The Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering (CEE) and the Department of Planning, Policy, and Design (PPD) in the School of Social Ecology offer a concurrent degree program that allows students to earn both a master’s in Civil Engineering (M.S.) and a master’s in Urban and Regional Planning (M.U.R.P.) in two years (instead of more than three years if these degrees were pursued sequentially). The concurrent degree program requires 84 units of study and is organized around two tracks: (1) transportation systems engineering (http://www.eng.uci.edu/dept/cee/grad/programs/transport), and (2) hydrology and water resources (http://www.eng.uci.edu/dept/cee/grad/programs/hydrology).
Students choose between a thesis option and a comprehensive examination option. The thesis option requires completion of 84 units of study (a maximum of ten of which may be taken in conjunction with the thesis research); completion of an original research project and the writing of a thesis to describe it; completion of required core courses; and completion of enough units of approved electives to meet the total requirement of 84 units. The comprehensive examination option also requires completion of 84 units of study as well as a professional report, which represents a substantial piece of planning practice, as the capstone event. These units of study include core courses and enough units of approved electives to meet the total requirement of 84 units, with no redundancy of core courses in either CEE or PPD. Electives may include as many as ten units of independent study or approved undergraduate courses.
Undergraduates seeking admission to the concurrent master’s degree program should have a strong record of course work in disciplines related to civil engineering and urban planning, and they must meet the requirements for admission in both departments.
See http://www.eng.uci.edu/grad/programs/cee/admissions, and http://ppd.soceco.uci.edu/pages/admissions for more information about these requirements.