For some years, planning education has felt a tension between an approach that aims to train good generalists, with knowledge and skills geared to adaptability and life-long learning, and an approach that attempts to focus, particularize, and deepen knowledge with training in job-specific skills. Because this debate has no simple conclusion, the faculty has opted to give students a choice in selecting which form of education and professional training most suits them.
At the start of the third semester of study, all MUP students must declare an area of concentration for their course of study during the second and final year of the program.
Specific course requirements are subject to change. Please bear in mind department policy stipulating a maximum of six credits taken outside the department to count toward the MUP degree. Please see specialization coordinators for advising and questions.
Students wishing to pursue greater depth of knowledge may choose to specialize in one (or more) of our five specializations. Specializations typically consist of four or five courses, generally including an introduction to the field, a relevant methods course, and two or three electives, plus a culminating thesis or professional project synthesizing material from the area of concentration. Students who wish to fulfill the Generalist Track may pursue the Interdisciplinary Option, with two curricular tracks that include either additional studio training or a greater methodological focus.