The Master of Urban Planning and Environmental Policy program began the accreditation process in the fall of 2005. In the fall of 2008, the program received tentative accreditation pending final review. The program was notified in the Spring Semester of 2011 that it was provided a 7 year status (one of the longest) expiring December 31, 2018.
The UPEP Masters Program, trains students to become policy-oriented planners and environmental policy analysts and to assume leadership positions in planning and environmental policy-related organizations. The program places special emphasis on issues significant to communities and regions of the Southwest. The goal of the MUPEP is to prepare future professionals with analytical and policy formulation skills that allow them to address – with vision and foresight – the land use, ecological, and policy issues necessary to affect change that addresses our current situations while keeping in mind the need to plan and prepare for generations yet to come.