One of the Goals listed in the Department of Urban and Regional Planning’s Strategic Plan is to “train future planning professionals” with the corresponding objective “to ensure that the curriculum trains students to:
- Become grounded in planning theory and methods;
- Pursue in-depth selected sub-fields of planning; and
- Acquire general skills so as to be an effective planner within the profession.”
The Department used the results of an alumni survey conducted in Spring 2012 to assess the knowledge, skills, and values gained by those who graduated between 2007 and 2011. The survey was sent to 98 graduates of the MURP degree program and 43 alumni (44%) responded. The results of the survey follow:
Objective #1: Become grounded in planning theory and methods.
78.9% of 38 respondents said that they received enough breadth of knowledge from required courses in their MURP program.
92.1% of 38 respondents said that they were satisfied with the emphasis given to practical and theoretical topics in their MURP program.
97.2% of 36 respondents said that knowledge of planning theory gained in their MURP program was relevant to their professional career.
100.0% of 36 respondents said that knowledge of general methods and models appropriate to urban and regional planning, including methods appropriate to their chosen area of concentration in their MURP program was relevant to their professional career.
Objective #2: Pursue in-depth selected sub-fields of planning.
71.1% of 38 respondents said that the courses they took in their MURP program achieved a good balance between breadth and depth either quite a bit or very much.
86.8% of 38 respondents said that they received enough depth of knowledge in their chosen area of concentration.
Objective #3: Acquire general skills so as to be an effective planner within the profession.
73.2% of 41 respondents said that their MURP program enabled them to accomplish their career objectives so far either quite a bit or very much.
62.5% of 40 respondents said that their current job required knowledge and/or skills that were covered in courses they took in their MURP program either quite a bit or very much.
Cost (per semester)
The Tuition and Fees shown below and a complete breakdown of the Graduate Student Fees can be found on the University’s “Regular Tuition Schedule 2016-2017” webpage.
|TUITION||Full Time per semester||Part Time per credit hour|
|Grad. Student Fees||$440||$440|
Fall 2015, continued into Fall 2016: 100%
Fall 2014, continued into Fall 2015: 94%
Fall 2013, continued into Fall 2014: 88%
Fall 2012, continued into Fall 2013: 91%
Fall 2011, continued into Fall 2012: 95%
Percentage of single-degree master’s students who graduated within 4 years and entered the program in:
Number of MURP degrees awarded:
2016-2017 Academic Year: 26
2015-2016 Academic Year: 21
2014-2015 Academic Year: 15
2013-2014 Academic Year: 18
2012-2013 Academic Year: 30
2011-2012 Academic Year: 18
AICP exam pass rate
Since 2014, five MURP graduates (December 2011, December 2011, May 2012, August 2012, December 2012) have taken and passed the AICP exam.
100% of the 9 students who graduated in May 2015 are currently employed in a professional planning position or planning-related field. Our students have gone on to pursue Ph.D.’s or work with non-profits and environmental consulting firms.