In the Environmental Economics and Urban Planning Interdisciplinary Degree Program, you will combine economic analyses with the tools of a professional planner to approach real-world environmental challenges facing cities and urban planners.

Critical environmental challenges face cities today, such as sustainability, climate change, energy efficiency, transportation, land use, and sprawl. To be an advocate for environmental issues, you need to have quantitative and data skills to be able to effectively evaluate existing and future programs and policies. In this joint degree program, you will develop a quantitative and analytical skill set along with the professional planning credentials to address real-world environmental and urban challenges.


The objective of the Environmental Economics and Urban Planning interdisciplinary degree program is to provide students interested in developing interdisciplinary solutions to modern day environmental challenges with both the professional credentials of an urban planner and the training and mindset of an economist. As a graduate of this program, you will have greater job market prospects as both a professional urban planner and an economist.

What is a joint degree?

A joint degree consists of one master's degree awarded by two graduate departments. The degree combines courses in the Department of Economics with those in the Department of Urban and Environmental Policy and Planning (UEP) to provide students with the tools to understand and analyze this broad perspective on environmental economics and urban planning.


This joint degree consists of one master's degree awarded by two graduate departments when a student meets the core master's requirements of both departments. This program takes two years to complete, or the completion of 14 credits.

Economics Requirements

The economics requirements consist of a core of four required courses, and two elective courses to be selected from a list of approved courses. The core courses provide tools in statistics, econometrics, and microeconomic theory that can be applied to a wide variety of problems. The elective courses provide an introduction to the use of these tools in particular areas of economics.

UEP Requirements

The UEP requirements consist of a core of three required courses, four elective courses, a noncredit internship, and a thesis or capstone exam. The choice of electives, internship, and thesis or capstone exam is dependent on the interests of the student and will be chosen in consultation with his/her advisor.

Thesis/Capstone Requirements

This program requires the completion of a thesis or capstone project. The thesis requires that students conduct a research project that applies the knowledge and skills that they have developed during their course of study, while the capstone represents an exam format that tests students on their expertise in a select few subject areas. For additional detail on the content of the capstone/thesis requirements, please consult with the UEP office.

Application Requirements

  • Application Fee
  • Resume/CV
  • Personal Statement
    • Please address interest in interdisciplinary programs
  • Official GRE scores
    • GRE scores are not required for current Tufts undergraduates.
  • Official TOEFL or IELTS, if applicable
  • Transcripts
  • Three Letters of Recommendation
Program taught in:
  • English

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Last updated June 3, 2019
This course is Campus based
Start Date
Aug 2020
2 years
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