Dual Degree: Master of Engineering + Master of Urban and Regional Planning


Transportation is a key area of research and practice in both engineering and urban and regional planning. As communities become increasingly aware of the connection between the built environment and health, sustainability, and access to opportunity, the transportation-land use nexus has become more important—and more complex.

Solving transportation and quality-of-life challenges requires multidisciplinary, innovative solutions. The interdisciplinary perspective of a dual degree enables graduates to bring the perspectives and tools from one profession into the other. The Master of Engineering + Master of Urban and Regional Planning dual master’s degree (MENG + MURP) prepares students for careers influencing design, public policy and investment in transportation systems such as roadways, public transit, pedestrian and bicycle facilities, parking and intermodal linkages. This program is offered in partnership with the CU Denver College of Architecture and Planning.

The Master of Engineering degree is intended for students with a non-engineering undergraduate degree and is structured to give basic knowledge in engineering in an interdisciplinary manner. The Transportation Systems specialization emphasizes transportation engineering, planning, operations, and management.

Degree requirements

The MENG+MURP dual degree can be completed with 69 credits, a savings of 15 credits over doing the two degrees separately. Both the MURP and the MENG degrees are inherently interdisciplinary. Beyond the core courses in each program, students are largely able to tailor their coursework to their exact area of interest.

The MS and MEng degree programs culminate with a thesis or master’s report. The MURP degree program does so with a thesis or capstone project. Dual Degree students complete a six-credit combined capstone project/thesis or master’s report. Dual degree students will have faculty advisors/committee members from both Engineering an Urban & Regional Planning and concurrently register for credits in both departments. 

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