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Master of Urban Planning

Program Requirements and Curriculum

The curriculum of any vital and dynamic program will change from time to time. The description which follows should be considered illustrative.

All enrolled graduate students should have in their possession an original copy of the curriculum they must satisfy based upon their date of matriculation. Copies of each student's required curriculum are sent to all students several months before entering the program, are distributed again during graduate student orientation, and an official copy is placed in each student's file in the department. If you need a copy of your curriculum, please contact the department secretary. 

  • The curriculum varies depending upon the students entry into the program. Students usually enter the MUP program in the fall semester, although entry in the spring semester is an option.
  • The program encourages full-time study; however, students may pursue their degree part time.
  • Students may apply to waive a required course based on prior coursework.
  • All MUP students are assigned a faculty advisor to assist with academic planning.

General Curriculum

Required Courses (28-31 credits – depending on thesis units) 

Core (18 credits) 

  • PD 501 Evolution of Urban Structure
  • PD 508 Race, Class, and Gender
  • PD 510 Planning Concepts and Controversies
  • PD 512 Research Methods for Planners
  • PD 538 Economic Concepts
  • PD 573 Land Use and Physical Planning

Studio (6 credits) * 

  • PD 581 Laboratory Practicum or
  • PD 580 Laboratory Practicum Dual (only for M.Arch./M.U.P. degree majors)

Departmental Colloquium (1 credit) 

  • PD 691 Colloquium I

Professional Project or Thesis (3-6 credits)* 

  • PD 697 Master’s Project Preparation (3)
  • PD 698 Master’s Thesis Preparation (3)
  • PD 699 Master’s Thesis (3)

General Electives (21-24 credits – depending on total required courses completed) 

  • enables students to pursue specializations, complete a second studio, take an independent study, do an internship, or take additional courses within or outside the department. Study outside of the department is limited to two courses (normally six credits).

M.U.P. Curriculum Total: 52 credits 

*NOTE: PD 697 Masters Project is a capstone course which should be taken in a MUP student’s final semester. PD 697 Masters Project cannot be taken concurrently with PD 581 Studio. Students who pursue the project option and receive a grade of “U”, must retake the project and pass in order to graduate. The maximum number of attempts to take the masters project is two. Students who opt to complete the MUP with a thesis must receive a grade of “S” in thesis prep. Students earning a grade of “U” or “L” in thesis prep/master thesis are permitted to take the project option, but students are not allowed to use the thesis or thesis prep credits towards the MUP degree.

 

Curriculum Notes

  • No more than 3 credits of PD 545 (Internship) and PD 599 (Independent Study) (6 credits total) may be applied to the M.U.P. degree.
  • All M.U.P. students opt to pursue a specialization or to complete their coursework under a "general track" option. Upon recommendation of their faculty advisor, the department chair may approve a student's request to complete more than one specialization. See specializations for more information.
  • Students must maintain a minimum GPA of 3.0 in degree courses to remain in academic good standing. A minimum GPA of 3.0 is required for successful completion of the M.U.P. degree.
  • PD 697 Master's Project is a capstone course which should be taken in a MUP student’s final semester.  PD 697 Masters Project cannot be taken concurrently with PD 581 Studio.
  • PD 698 Master's Thesis Preparation and PD 699 Master's Thesis must be taken consecutively. Thesis students would take PD 698 in one semester and PD 699 in the final semester. Upon special permission of the chiar, students may take them simultaneously.
  • Any graduate student who receives a "D" in any course goes immediately into probationarey status. Two sequential probationary semesters can lead to dismissal.
  • Students interested in CPT during the summer should have all paperwork completed and approved by ISSS and the department no later than June 15.
  • It is the policy of the faculty of the Department of Urban and Regional Planning that students who pursue the project option and receive a grade of “U”, must retake the project and pass in order to graduate. The maximum number of attempts to take the masters project is two. Students who opt to complete the MUP with a thesis must receive a grade of “S” in thesis prep. Students earning a grade of “U” or “L” in thesis prep/master thesis are permitted to take the project option, but students are not allowed to use the thesis or thesis prep credits towards the MUP degree. Students may take thesis after successfully completing the project per the Graduate School’s approval of extension of time limit to complete the degree.

Suggested Program for Fall entrants

Semester 1: Fall

PD 501 Planning History and Urban Structure 3
PD 512 Research Methods for Planners 3
PD 691 Colloquium I 1
PD 573 Land Use and Physical Planning 3
 PD xxx Elective 3
Total Credits 13

Semester 2: Spring

PD 508 Race, Class, and Gender 3
PD 510 Planning Concepts and Controversies 3
PD 538 Economic Concepts 3
 PD xxx Elective 3
 PD xxx Elective 3
Total credits: 12-15

Summer Session:

PD 581 Possible International Studio 6

Semester 3: Fall

PD 581 Studio 6
PD xxx Elective 3
PD xxx Elective 3
PD xxx Elective 3
PD 699 Master’s Thesis Preparation (recommended for thesis students) 3
Total credits: 12-15

Semester 4: Spring

PD xxx Elective 3
PD xxx Elective 3
PD xxx Elective 3
PD xxx Elective 3
PD 699 or PD 697 Master’s Thesis or Master’s Project Preparation 3
Total credits: 12
Minimum Grand Total credits: 52

*NOTE: It may be possible for students to take some “First Fall Semester” core courses in the “Second Fall Semester.”

Suggested Program for Spring entrants

Semester 1: Spring

 PD 508 Race, Class, and Gender 3
 PD 510 Planning Concepts and Controversies 3
 PD 538 Economic Concepts 3
 PD xxx Elective 3
 PD xxx Elective 3
Total credits: 12-15

Summer Session:

PD 581 Possible International Studio 6

Semester 2: Fall

PD 501 Planning History and Urban Structure 3
PD 512 Research Methods for Planners 3
PD 573 Land Use and Physical Planning 3
PD 581 Studio 6
PD 691 Colloquium I 1
Total credits: 13-16

Semester 3: Fall

PD xxx Elective 3
PD xxx Elective 3
PD xxx Elective 3
PD xxx Elective 3
PD 699 Master’s Thesis (recommended for thesis students) 3
Total credits: 12-15

Semester 4: Spring

PD xxx Elective 3
PD xxx Elective 3
PD xxx Elective 3
PD xxx Elective 3
PD 699 or PD 697 Master’s Thesis or Master’s Project Preparation 3
Total: 12 credits 12
Minimum Grand Total Credits: 52
*NOTE: It may be possible for students to take some “First Fall and Spring Semester” core courses in the “Second Fall and Spring Semester.”