Combined Bachelor's/Master's Degrees Program

The Combined Bachelor's/Master's Degrees Program is offered by the College of Liberal Arts and the Graduate School of Arts and Sciences and is administrated by UEP. Exceptional students may combine undergraduate and graduate courses and are simultaneously enrolled in bachelor's and master's degree programs. It is expected that the student will complete the Combined Bachelor's/Master's Degrees Program in five years.

The program is open to all majors offered in the Schools of Arts and Sciences and Engineering. Potential related majors include (but are not limited to) anthropology, architectural studies, biology, community health, economics, environmental studies, sociology, and political science. The relevant master's degrees are the Master of Arts (M.A.) in Urban and Environment Policy and Planning or the Master of Science (M.S.) in Environmental Policy and Planning; these master's programs typically require two years of full-time study for a total of 42 credit hours.

Students seeking admission to the program should consult their undergraduate major advisors and UEP Associate Professor Justin Hollander (Combined Program Director) before applying before applying. Combined-degrees students are expected to fulfill all the requirements of the undergraduate and graduate programs. A maximum of six credits may count toward both the undergraduate and graduate degrees. A student may elect to withdraw from the Program at any time by filing the appropriate petition petition.

Admission Requirements

Interested students are encouraged to apply as early as their sophomore year, but would be required to apply during the Fall semester of their junior year (the deadline for the M.A. is January 15). Only in exceptional cases will an application be accepted after the junior year. Note that Tufts students do NOT have to take the GRE.

All applicants must meet the following pre-requisites before admission to the UEP M.A. program:
  • Urban Studies minor or a UEP course (with a B- or better, excluding courses in professional skills)
  • ECON 011 Intermediate Microeconomic Theory or equivalent (with a B- or better)
  • MATH 021 Introductory Statistics or equivalent (with a B- or better)
  • A minimum cumulative GPA of 3.0

To apply, review the online application process. Additional information and application requirements are available at Graduate School of Arts and Sciences or 617-627-3395.

A complete application includes:

  • Application for admission
  • Scanned copies of all college transcripts
  • Two letters of recommendation
  • Résumé
  • Personal statement – applicant will articulate the following: 1) how the UEP M.A. degree will help fulfill your aspirations and/or career goals; 2) describe your real-world experience, including internships, research, and work-related activities, that have prepared you for graduate level work at UEP; 3) proposed course plan, which must include all remaining undergraduate course requirements, signed by the undergraduate major advisors

Course Requirements

Combined-degrees students are expected to fulfill all the requirements of their undergraduate major and the UEP M.A./M.S. degree. Students may apply up to six credit-hours of coursework at the 100-level taken as part for the undergraduate degree requirements towards the master's degree requirements. These shared graduate-level course credit-hours must be part of the master's degree requirements and must adhere to the policies in the graduate student handbook. Additionally, graduate tuition will be reduced by the cost of the shared credit-hours up to six credit-hours. To satisfy the credit requirements of both the graduate and undergraduate degrees, students may need to take courses during the summer.

The student will enter the UEP M.A./M.S. student cohort during their senior year and take the following core graduate courses:
  • UEP 250 Foundations of Public Policy and Planning
  • UEP 252 Cities in Space, Place and Time
  • UEP 255 Field Projects

During their senior year, students also will continue to complete their remaining undergraduate coursework.

The following UEP M.A./M.S. degree requirements will be completed during the fourth and fifth years of study:

  • Nine or ten credits of elective courses at the graduate level. Two of these electives may come from outside the UEP department. In addition, if a student has taken up to two graduate-level electives during the undergraduate program and has set them aside to not count towards the bachelor's degree, such courses may be included in the ten credits of elective courses for the M.A./M.S. program.
  • 150-hour internship relevant to policy or planning
  • 27 or 30 credits of elective courses at the graduate level (9 or 10 courses)
  • Capstone exam (three credit) or thesis (three or six credits)

Tuition and Financial Aid Information

Interested students should contact UEP Department Chair, Associate Professor Mary Davis, for tuition and financial aid information.