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Master of Urban Planning

Students from any undergraduate major can study toward a Master of Urban Planning degree. A career in urban planning offers the opportunity to explore and shape the built environment. 

The MUP degree requires 52 graduate credits, which are typically earned in four semesters over two full-time academic years. The MUP program is built around a core curriculum, general electives, a planning studio, a departmental colloquium, and a culminating professional thesis or project. Our program is fully accredited by the Planning Accreditation Board.

Our program is accredited by the Planning Accreditation Board.

You can learn more about the accreditation process at the

 Planning Accreditation Board’s website.

Specialization Options

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. Students wishing to pursue greater depth of knowledge may choose to specialize in one (or more) of our five specializations, or to pursue the interdisciplenary or generalist track. 

Build a Diverse Career Path

Graduates of our program find diverse job opportunities in government agencies (local, state, and federal), international agencies, development authorities, nonprofit organizations, community groups, land development firms, and consulting companies. They succeed without looming debt because of State University of New York’s affordable tuition rates. Over 55 percent of our students are awarded financial assistance (other than loans).

Students with our professional degree engage critical problems of our times:

  • Improving housing and community life; designing programs that relieve community distress
  • Designing great streets and urban places; protecting and adapting historic buildings and landscapes
  • Preserving ecosystems, reducing pollution, and creating sustainable human settlements
  • Targeting public investment to improve economies and increase job opportunities
  • Applying geographic information systems and other digital technologies to solve urban problems
  • Creating environments conducive to active lifestyles, food accessibility, and human health

Study in a Program that is Thinking Ahead

We are constantly working to improve our Master of Urban Planning program. We are working through a 5 - 7 year strategic plan that lays out our goals and measurable objectives. We invite our students to be a part of our efforts to sure our program stays in the forefront of the planning profession and of planning research.

Interested in a Master of Urban Planning?

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Learn more about our graduate specializations

Graduate students engage in research as a fundamental part of their curriculum through participation in our graduate specializations.