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The MUEP program prepares students to help solve complex social, economic and environmental issues and create healthier, safer and more vibrant communities. Alumni of the Master of Urban and Environmental Planning program work as professional planners in a variety of public, private and nonprofit settings. The program emphasizes theories of planning, methods of analysis, effective public engagement, planning processes and creative implementation of planning tools, strategies and approaches. The master's degree program is accredited by the Planning Accreditation Board. Students who join the program are eligible for certification by the American Institute of Certified Planners (https://www.planning.org/aicp/) after two years of professional practice.
The Master of Urban and Environmental Planning 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. As a part of the School of Geographical Sciences and Urban Planning, the master's degree program is enriched by school faculty whose research and teaching is grounded in geography, GIS, and meteorology and climatology. Students have access to a wide selection of electives within the school, electives that explore issues such as population and migration, environmental and landscape dynamics, and urban climate systems. The master's degree program is also complemented by the participation of faculty from other disciplines within the university, leading planning practitioners in the Phoenix area, and the NEURUS international research exchange program (https://geoplan.asu.edu/student-life/study-abroad).
Faculty research and teaching interests especially focus on the following broad interdisciplinary themes: