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Active Military & Veteran Applicants

The Master of Urban Planning program welcomes active duty and reserve military applicants as well as military veterans to apply to the MUP program.

Students with military status (and any other student, military or non-military, who may wish) may complete the MUP degree in an accelerated time frame. The degree can be completed in 18 months if coursework is planned strategically, such as taking a full course load each quarter, including summer.

A sample accelerated course plan for an 18-month completion is included below. It includes all required courses and assumes specializing in the Land Use and Infrastructure track. All MUP students are required to choose a specialization, of which Land Use and Infrastructure is one. It may be possible to complete other specializations in 18 months, but it varies. Please note that the sample schedule is provided as a guide, but actual course availability may vary.

Sample Accelerated Course Plan

Students who are interested in exploring personalized accelerated course plans or want to further discuss options can contact the MUP Academic Advisor, Diana Siembor, at

Active military students and veterans may be eligible for tuition waivers and other benefits. Please see the website of the University of Washington Veteran’s Education Benefits Office to learn about paying for college and more. Please also see the University of Washington Registrar webpage, which provides guidance and forms for pursuing tuition reduction for active duty military stationed in Washington state.

Furthermore, military students may wish to explore the Master of Infrastructure Planning and Management, an on-line program offered through the Department of Urban Design and Planning, which is designed for early- or mid-career professionals who want to advance their career and take a leadership role in the field of infrastructure planning and management. The curriculum offers a unique blend of strategic planning and systems theory, providing a holistic view of the interdependencies between systems that make up the modern infrastructure of society — communications, public health, water, energy, food and transportation.

Students enrolled in the MUP program have the ability to take the online MIPM classes, subject to availability.