Advanced Standing Graduates of accredited undergraduate planning programs will be considered for advanced standing in special cases. A minimum of 30 graduate credits, in addition to the undergraduate degree, must be completed at the University of Virginia. This must be constructed so that, combined with the undergraduate program, each of the requirements for the Master of Urban and Environmental Planning degree is met, including the core courses, planning application courses, planning concentration, and internship. The advanced standing opportunity is intended for students with strong undergraduate records and at least a 3.5 GPA.
Dual J.D. - M.U.E.P. The Law School offers a combined program with the Department of Urban and Environmental Planning of the School of Architecture, in which the student may earn both the degrees of Master of Urban and Environmental Planning (M.U.E.P.) and the J.D. in four years. A student must be independently admitted both to the Law School and to the School of Architecture, Department of Urban and Environmental Planning. The student spends one full year in the School of Architecture in the Master of Urban and Environmental Planning program. Twelve credits earned in planning courses may be counted toward the J.D. and 20 credits earned in Law School courses may be counted toward the M.U.E.P. Prospective applicants to the Law School who are interested in the J.D.-M.U.E.P. program should contact The Chair of The Department of Urban and Environmental Planning. The Law School faculty advisor for this program is Professor Thomas R. White, III.
Institute for Environmental Negotiation Negotiation and mediation are increasingly important in policy making and in the resolution of development controversies. The Institute for Environmental Negotiation teaches students in the Department of Urban and Environmental Planning is a major conflict resolution skills. The Institute sponsors visiting mediation practitioners, offers courses in negotiation skills and public involvement, and provides training opportunities through assistantships. The Mediator, newsletter of the institute, is available on the web at www.virginia.edu/ien.
Accreditation The Graduate Program in Urban and Environmental Planning is accredited by the Planning Accreditation Board, sponsored jointly by the American Institute of Certified Planners and the Association of Collegiate Schools of Planning.