4+1 Program

The 4+1 program allows students completing the BAUSP degree in the Department to complete the MUP on an accelerated timeline. The 4+1 program is highly selective. Junior BAUSP students may apply to participate in the program.

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Admissions Process

  • Applications for the 4+1 Program are due from BAUSP students by December 15th of their Junior year.
  • Applicants will prepare a packet containing the following items:
    • Cover Letter: Please prepare a cover letter that includes your name, UIN, and University of Illinois email address, and that clearly states that you are applying to the 4+1 program.
    • Statement of Purpose: Please compose a statement of purpose of no more than 1,500 words that describes your background, motivation, and qualifications for pursuing a MUP degree at University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. The statement of purpose should focus not only on your qualifications, but also on your future educational and professional goals.
    • Resume: Please attach a current resume of no more than 2 pages in length.
    • Work Examples: Please attach with your application up to two examples of professional work products. These products may have been produced by you as part of a class assignment, internship, or other professional engagement. The selected work examples should be reflective of your preparedness to undertake graduate-level study in the senior year of your BAUSP degree.
  • Students will be notified by the Director of MUP Admissions by January 15th of their junior year if they have been accepted into the 4+1 program. Admission to the 4+1 program does not guarantee admission to the MUP program, although applicants are accepted into the 4+1 program based on the high likelihood that they would be admitted to the MUP program.

4+1 Plan of Study

The 4+1 program is split into two components – the senior year of the BAUSP program, and the MUP program year.

BAUSP Senior year

A BAUSP student admitted to the 4+1 program is expected to enroll in the first-year MUP core courses in their senior year, although they are not yet admitted to the MUP program. Typically, a 4+1 student will take a senior workshop (4 hours), as required by the BAUSP program, plus the five first-year MUP core courses:

UP 501: Planning History and Theory (Fall)

UP 503: Physical Planning (Fall)

UP 504: Urban History and Theory (Fall)

UP 505: Urban and Regional Analysis (Spring)

UP 511: Law and Planning (Spring)

The MUP core courses meet the BAUSP requirements for UP electives and planning-related electives. In the fall and spring semesters of the 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.

MUP program year

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 requirement (8 credit hours). 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. 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.

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