What will I learn?

The School of Urban Studies at UW Tacoma offers students who have completed the first two years of their higher education (i.e., 90 credit hours in a quarter system or 60 units in a semester system) the possibility of earning a Bachelor’s degree offered by Urban Studies (Urban Studies or Sustainable Urban Development), a GIS Certificate, and a Master’s degree in Geospatial Technologies in 3 years. The freshman and sophomore coursework can be completed at a 2 or 4 year college/university. Students admitted into this track will follow prescribed set of courses for two years to finish their Urban Studies or Sustainable Urban Development degree and GIS Certificate. Upon completion of their BA and GIS Certificate with a cumulative GPA of 3.5 or higher, students who meet the criteria for admission to the Master of Science in Geospatial Technologies will be automatically accepted into the graduate program. Application to the graduate program is still required by the UW Graduate School. Those admitted to the MS program will be able to finish their degree requirements in one calendar year (i.e., four quarter).

Benefits of the 2+1 Program

Receiving timely academic advising and a detailed/prescribed degree program for on-time graduation
Obtaining an undergraduate and a certificate in GIS within two years (normally it would take more than two years)
Guaranteed admittance into the MS program with an undergraduate GPA of 3.5 (see above).
Finishing the MS program in one year

Which department am I in?

School of Urban Studies

Study options

Full Time (4 years)

Tuition fees
US$37,071.00 per year
BA: USD $37,071/year and MS: USD $29,562/year
Start date

Expected June, September 2022


University of Washington Tacoma

1900 Commerce Street,



98402, United States

Entry requirements

For students from United States

Other English Language Requirements: 580 paper-based TOEFL.

For international students

Student must have a High School Qualification.

The 2+1 program is suitable for students who have finished two years of college and who are ready to commit to full-time enrollment for three years.

Admission to the 2+1 Track will be selective. At minimum, students should have achieved a GPA of 3.0 or better in their first two years of college. This translates to a 3.0 in the most recent 90 quarter units or 60 semester units. Students who meet admission criteria should apply during their sophomore year of study.

Due to limited testing availability from COVID-19, the UW will accept the Duolingo’s English Test for autumn 2021 applicants. A minimum score of 105 will be required for admission. The TOEFL iBT special home edition and the IELTS Indicator at home exam will also be accepted for 2021 international freshman applicants.

English proficiency

TOEFL (iBT) - Minimum score required: 76, Recommended score: 92 or higher

IELTS - Minimum score required: 6.0, Recommended score: 7.0 or higher

*There may be different IELTS requirements depending on your chosen course.


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