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Urban Planning Electives

Students complete the 48 hours of required coursework by taking electives. The number of electives depends on the student's individual program. A student who must take all required courses and elects the thesis option has twelve additional credit hours to take. A student who takes all required courses and elects the comprehensive exam option has fifteen additional credit hours to take. Some students are exempted from certain required courses and may take more hours of electives.

All Urban Planning courses may be used as electives, including courses in specialty areas other than the student's area of specialization. Courses in other departments may be used as electives if they relate to urban planning. In case of doubt, the decision is made by the Program Chairman.

At least 42 of the 48 total hours must be in courses offered by the School of Architecture and Urban Design (that is, with a prefix of UBPL, ARCH, or ARCE). Exceptions are granted by the Program Chairman only for compelling reasons.


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