The goal of the Major is to train students to become planning practitioners capable of working in a variety of public, nonprofit, and private sector environments in a number of different fields. We prepare leaders in the field of urban and regional planning to meet community, national and global needs.
The Major recognizes the need for effective planners to possess diverse skills in the planning and management of human settlements. Accordingly, the MURP core coursework includes thematically-related courses in land use planning, research methods, quantitative analysis, planning theory and history, planning policy and politics, community and economic development, and geographic information systems (GIS). Students have the option of enrolling in electives that focus on housing & community development, land use planning, local economic development, GIS, coastal zone management, housing & community development, environmental and natural resources planning, natural hazards and resilience planning, and transportation planning. These areas of specialization build on the strengths of existing faculty in our sister-major in Public Administration, as well as with colleagues and facilities across the university. The major is thus distinct in its flexibility. Graduates of the major will be able to:
- Engage in policy-related research relevant to urban and regional issues.
- Assume positions of leadership in public, private and nonprofit organizations engaged in planning, land use, and public policy.
- Further public discourse on the problems confronting cities and regions.
- Utilize communications and technical skills to become successful at all levels of the planning profession.
Must meet University Admission and English Proficiency requirements as well as requirements for admission to the major, listed below.
- Two letters of recommendation (one from a faculty member if BS/BA, in last 5 years);
- A “letter of intent” explaining your background and interest in Urban and Regional Planning;
- GRE is required with preferred minimum scores of 153 Verbal (59th percentile) and 144 Quantitative (18th percentile.) However, the MURP major will waive the GRE requirement if the student meets at least one of the following criteria:
- A completed master’s degree from an accredited institution.
- A 3.25 or higher GPA in upper division undergraduate work from an accredited institution.
- A doctorate (including professional degrees such as the JD and MD) from an accredited institution.
- All Students not meeting one of the above criteria will be considered for conditional admission based on the following criteria:
- A preferred minimum score of 153 Verbal (61st percentile) and 144 Quantitative (17th percentile) on the GRE.
- An academic writing sample.
- Three written letters of recommendation, with at least one from a faculty member familiar with the applicant’s academic performance and potential. Should the applicant be unable to provide the letter from a former professor, with the Director’s approval, letters from other sources will be accepted.
Conditional admission status will be converted to regular status upon completion of three courses from the MURP core requirements with a GPA of 3.50 or above.
All applicants are required to write a statement describing their purpose and goals in the MURP statements.