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Master of Urban and Regional Planning (MURP) Degree

Planning is the professional discipline that seeks to influence how neighborhoods, cities, and regions develop.

Planners bring together knowledge and expertise from sociology, engineering, law, architecture, social work, biology, landscape architecture, urban design, and other disciplines to shape cities and regions.

A Specially Designed Urban Planning Graduate Program

The Master of Urban and Regional Planning (MURP) degree program is designed to produce professionals able to think across fields of expertise to see and act upon the links among environmental systems, land use and transportation systems, infrastructure development, and housing and community development. The urban planning graduate program provides the technical and analytical skills needed to think strategically about developing and implementing plans at the neighborhood, city, or regional level.

As a planner, you can work for positive change by using your skills to help build cities, tackle urban sprawl, upgrade housing, protect the environment, design regional institutions, and promote economic development.

Ranked Among the Top Urban Planning Schools

Did you know? Students and graduates of our Master of Urban and Regional Planning degree program have had the highest pass rate on the American Institute of Certified Planners’ examination for eight consecutive years ( 2004 and 2012).

What Our Master of Urban and Regional Planning Degree Graduates Do

Planners from our urban planning graduate program work for government agencies, nonprofit organizations, and private consulting firms. Urban and regional planners work to improve communities by preserving and enhancing quality-of-life, protecting the natural-built environment, promoting equity and equality, improving services to all the communities that make up cities and regions, and promoting efficient and sustainable growth and development.

Sample Job Titles + Organizations

  • Assistant project manager, EMBARQ World Resources, Institute Center for Sustainable Transport, Washington, DC
  • Transportation policy director, Fresh Energy, St. Paul
  • Community planner, City of Fitchburg, WI
  • Executive director, West Broadway Business and Area Coalition, Minneapolis
  • Senior market analyst, Target Corporation, Minneapolis
  • Associate, Northeast Energy Efficiency Partnerships, Lexington, MA
  • Urban designer, MIG, Inc., San Francisco, CA
  • Planner, TriMet, Portland, OR
  • Project manager, Friends of the Wissahickon, Philadelphia, PA
  • Policy analysis and research coordinator, Metropolitan Consortium of Community Developers, Minneapolis
  • Associate program director for sustainable local food systems, Regional Sustainable Development Partnerships, St. Paul

Learn More About Our Master of Urban and Regional Planning Degree Program

Curriculum

The Master of Urban and Regional Planning (MURP) degree requires 48 semester credits, distributed approximately as follows: core courses (21 credits); three concentration courses (at least 9 credits); capstone workshop (3.0 credits); and elective credits and/or Plan A thesis credits. A 400-hour professional internship also is required, unless you are exempted based on relevant previous employment.

Required Core Courses (21 credits)

PA 5004 — Introduction to Planning (3)
PA 5013 — Law and Urban Land Use (1.5)
PA 5031 — Empirical Analysis I (4)
PA 5042 — Urban and Regional Economics (1.5)
PA 5043 — Economic and Demographic Data Analysis (2)
PA 5204 — Urban Spatial and Social Dynamics (3)
PA 5211 — Urban Land Use Planning (3)
PA 5253 — Designing Planning and Participation Processes (3)

If you do not have GIS competency, you must take a GIS course as part of your 48 credits.
You may be exempted from selected core course requirements if you have relevant prior coursework. In that case, you can take additional concentration or elective credits to meet the 48-credit requirement.

Concentrations (at least 9 credits in one of the following areas)
You can select a focus in an established area of concentration or self-design a concentration with your advisor and with the approval of the director of graduate studies. All concentrations require at least 9 credits. You can take concentration and elective courses at the Humphrey School and from other University departments.

Capstone Workshop (3 credits)
You can learn more about Capstone Workshops here.

Electives or Optional Plan A thesis credits (to bring total degree credits to at least 48)
You are welcome to read some recent theses.

Program Planning Worksheet
The Program Planning Worksheet (PPW) helps current students plan their degrees from start to finish. Students must submit a completed and approved PPW before graduating.

Dual Degree Opportunities
We offer dual degrees with the University of Minnesota Law School, the School of Social Work, and with the Department of Civil Engineering.

Concentrations (9 credits)

You can select a focus in an established area of concentration or self-design a concentration with your advisor and with the approval of the director of graduate studies. All concentrations require at least 9 credits. You can take concentration and elective courses at the Humphrey School and from other University departments.

Capstone workshop

Capstone Workshops are designed to provide a learning opportunity for second-year students to apply their knowledge through a client-based team project.The workshop includes a written report for the client and an oral presentation to the client that summarizes the major findings of the project.

The Capstone Workshop is intended as a culminating experience, offering an opportunity to integrate knowledge and skills from across the MURP curriculum into a professional quality project. Recent capstone projects are listed below.

Rosemount and UMore: Sustainable Development Case Studies and Lessons Learned (clients: City of Rosemount, UMore Development LLC)

Brooklyn Park Neighborhood Formation Toolkit (client: City of Brooklyn Park)

Economic Development in St. Paul's Promise Neighborhood (client: Wilder Foundation)

Minneapolis Bike Boxes: An Evaluation of Bike Boxes at Signalized Intersections Designed to Facilitate Bicyclist Left Turns (clients: City of Minneapolis, Transit for Livable Communities)

Wooddale Station Redevelopment Framework (client: City of St. Louis Park)

Multiple capstone course options are offered each spring semester. The capstone is required for MURP students.

If you have questions about how the Capstone Workshop applies to your educational program, please consult your academic advisor.

Public Information

Beginning in January 2013, each accredited school of planning is expected to provide information to the public on the performance of the planning school and its students.

Tuition and Fees (full-time, per year)

Estimated costs for the 2013-2014 academic year (at 6-15 credits per semester):

Resident: $18,610
Non-Resident: $26,196

For more detailed information on tuition, required fees and health insurance, and an overall estimated cost of attendance, click here.

Student Retention and Graduation Rates

Number of degrees granted in 2013 = 37
% of students graduating within four years (based on 2009 incoming students) = 96%
% of first year students who return for second year (based on 2012 incoming students) = 92%

AICP Exam Pass Rate

AICP Exam pass rate for students taking exam within three years of graduation (for 2010 graduates) = 100%Between 2004-2012, graduates of the Master of Urban and Regional Planning program had a 95% overall pass rate – the highest pass rate among Planning Accreditation Board accredited programs with the highest number of test takers.
For more information, visit http://www.planning.org/certification/passrates/

Employment Rate

95% of 2012 graduates were employed in a full-time planning or planning-related position within one year of graduation.

Student Achievement

Based on a survey of 2010 graduates (70% response rate), students responded as follows relative to key measures of student achievement.

93% “The program gave me an appreciation of why planning is undertaken by communities, cities, regions, and nations”

82% “The program gave me an appreciation of the intersection of sustainability and planning”

75% “The program gave me an appreciation of the equity and social justice concerns in planning”

74% “The program prepared me well for my current or most recent planning or planning-related job”

Percentages include respondents agreeing or strongly agreeing with these statements.

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