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Undergraduate Study (CUGS)

The Concurrent Undergraduate/Graduate Study (CUGS) option offers advanced University of Michigan LSA undergraduates the opportunity to combine their senior year with the first year of the master's program.

A CUGS student graduates with a Master in Urban and Regional Planning (MURP) degree in one additional year after the combined year. Up to 15 credits of graduate level courses may be counted toward both the bachelor's and the master's degrees. Students interested in CUGS should consult both their undergraduate advisors and the Taubman College Urban and Regional Planning Program in their sophomore year. To be eligible for the CUGS option, a student must have a 3.7 GPA or greater. Students earning dual bachelor’s degrees are NOT eligible for CUGS.

The applicant must first submit a written request for entering CUGS to the Dean of LS&A Undergraduate College. If the applicant's request is granted, a letter expressing this approval is provided to the student. Applicants must submit the Rackham application, the application fee, and letter of approval from the Dean of LS&A by October 15th of their junior year. International applicants are also required to submit financial resource information. Applications for CUGS are evaluated by looking at a student's breadth of undergraduate program, commitment to the field, degree of motivation, academic ability, and GPA, among other factors ordinarily used by graduate admissions committees.

More detailed information on the application procedure can be obtained from the Rackham web site.