Arizona State University

Master of Urban and Environmental Planning

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Want to make an impact? ASU’s Master of Urban and Environmental Planning program prepares you to enter the workforce, impact your community and become a leader in the planning profession. Through interactive classes and real-world projects, this two-year professional degree program, located in the fast-growing Phoenix region, equips you to solve complex issues in diverse communities.

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Navigate the world. Plan the future.

Arizona State University’s (ASU) Master of Urban and Environmental Planning (MUEP) program prepares students to help solve complex social, economic, and environmental issues and create healthier, safer, and more vibrant communities. As a highly ranked and accredited graduate program, our MUEP program provides students with the theoretical foundations, professional skills, and practice-centered experience to become the next generation of urban planners. Our faculty draw from their innovative expertise in both research and practice to engage students from diverse backgrounds in award-winning projects and critical planning skills.

The MUEP program offers a unique opportunity to integrate urban and environmental aspects of planning in a rapidly developing metropolitan area. Small classes, one-on-one advising and a common core of courses that translate knowledge into practice provide students opportunities to build technical skills and grow their professional network.

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As a part of the School of Geographical Sciences and Urban Planning (SGSUP), the program benefits from faculty with diverse planning expertise, as well as an interdisciplinary environment with school-wide faculty in the fields of geography, GIS, and meteorology and climatology. Students have access to a wide selection of electives within the school and across ASU, such as courses that explore issues related to population and migration, environmental and landscape dynamics, and urban climate systems. Students have the opportunity to further extend their studies through a number of concurrent degree programs with the Schools of Sustainability and Public Affairs. These diverse learning opportunities are coupled with strong program partnerships with leading planning practitioners and communities across the Phoenix region.

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Faculty research and teaching interests focus especially on the following broad interdisciplinary themes:

  • city building and urban structure
  • environmental and resiliency planning
  • housing, neighborhoods and community development
  • spatial analytics and smart cities
  • transportation planning and policy

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Concurrent degrees offered:

MUEP and Masters in Sustainable Solutions (MSUS)-

MUEP and Public Administration (MPA)

MUEP and Public Policy (MPP)

Undergraduate Degrees offered:

Bachelor of Science Urban Planning (BSP)

Accelerated BSP and MUEP

Graduate Certificates:

Geographic Information Science

Social Science Research Methods

Transdisciplinary Transportation Studies

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David Sailor, Director
Meagan Ehlenz, Associate Director of Planning

Arizona State University

College of Liberal Arts

School of Geographical Sciences and Urban Planning

Coor Hall, 5th floor

975 S. Myrtle Ave.

Tempe, AZ 85287-5302


Planning Accreditation Board

Higher Learning Commission

This program is featured in Planetizen’s Guide to Urban Planning Programs.

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