Master of Urban & Regional Planning (MURP)
Total Minimum Hours Required: 48 CREDIT hours
Core Requirements: 27 credit hours
Foundational Core Courses: 15 credit hours
URP 6058 Community Development Planning (3)
URP 6100 Planning Theory and History (3)
URP 6115 Planning Policy and Politics (3)
URP 6316 Land Use Planning (3)
URP 6549 Urban and Metropolitan Economic Development Strategies (3)
Analytical Methods Core Courses: 6 credit hours
URP 6201 Quantitative Analysis in Urban and Regional Planning (3)*
*can be substituted with PAD 6703 Quantitative Analysis.
URP 6232 Research Methods for Urban and Regional Planning (3)
Planning Practice and Techniques Core Courses: 6 credit hours
GIS 5049 GIS for Non-Majors (3)*
*can be substituted with URP 6930 GIS for Planners.
URP 6940 Internship in Urban and Regional Planning (3)**
**required for students without 5 or more years of relevant planning experience.
Elective Requirements: 15-21 credit hours (minimum)The rest of the required coursework allows our students the opportunity to explore one or more fields of urban and regional planning through approved electives within and outside of the School of Public Affairs. Depending on personal interest, students may choose coursework in the following areas:
- Housing and Community Development;
- Environmental and Natural Resources Policy;
- Geographic Information Sciences;
- Land Use and Comprehensive Planning;
- Transportation Planning.
Internship: 3 credit hours
URP 6940 Internship in Urban and Regional Planning (3)
All MURP students are required to complete at least 180 hours of work in a planning agency to earn the 3 credit hours stipulated as part of the core requirements, as listed above. This requirement is waived for students with at least 5 years or more of relevant planning experience.
Non-thesis students must complete all of the 27 credit hour core course requirements and 21 elective credit hours.
URP 6971 Thesis (6)
Students approved to pursue this option must complete all of the 27 credit hour core course requirements, 15 elective credit hours, and a minimum of 6 credit hours of thesis. The thesis must be completed and approved for the credit to be received.
This is the default option for the MURP major. All MURP students are required to take this examination at the end of, or during, the last semester of the major coursework. The examination is waived for students who elect, with the approval of the Program Director, to pursue the thesis option.