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Course Waivers

1. There will be no credit hour reduction for any previously taken courses used to earn a bachelor degree. Every student must complete 48 credit hours. A student may transfer a maximum of 6 graduate credit hours if the advisor decides that the courses are substantially relevant to urban planning.

2. An instructor who teaches a required planning course can waive this course requirement if a student has previously taken equivalent undergraduate or graduate courses, such as methods. This waiver will not reduce the 48 credit hour requirement for the MUP degree. Also, the student is still responsible for completing the comprehensive exam for all course subjects. UBPL 763, UBPL 815, and UBPL 850 cannot be waived.

3. If a student has transferred from another program offering an MUP degree accredited by the Planning Accreditation Board (PAB), the student receives full credit for those courses, and these credit hours are reduced from the 48-hour requirement up to 24 hours if there is an equivalent course in the program.

4. Foreign students can enroll for the minimum number of credit hours (UBPL 701: Directed Readings) per semester by working for a planning agency or consulting firm so that they can be paid for their work. The Immigration and Naturalization Service will not allow payment for work unless college credit is given. This credit will not count toward fulfilling MUP degree requirements.


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