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 select one of five specializations, or the advanced certificate in historic preservation, or the generalist track. 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.
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.