The curriculum of any vital and dynamic program will change from time to time. The description which follows below applies to students entering the program in Spring 2020, and may differ for students entering in other semesters.
Develop knowledge of planning theory, history, and empirically-based concepts to inform futures and future planning interventions. Integrating perspectives from the social sciences and design fields, critically examine relationships between society and the built environment using lenses of equity and inclusion.
Develop practical knowledge about how social, economic, political, and cultural institutions function in the context of planning and socially-inclusive outcomes with a view toward implementation of plans and policies.
Use analytic and inferential reasoning methods to understand complex social, economic, and environmental and spatial community conditions. Cultivate the ability to critically analyze data, employ culturally-appropriate and cutting-edge tools and methods that illustrate inequities across race, class, gender, ability, sexual orientation, and other forms of social separateness.
Develop plan-making, policy-making, and regulatory compliance and design skills in the United States and international contexts. Critically interrogate how these practices intentionally and unintentionally exclude based on race, class, gender, ability, sexual orientation, and other forms of social separateness.
Gain professional planning and ethical practice experience through engaged learning domestically and abroad. Cultivate the ability to apply planning knowledge and tools in ways that are sensitive to culture and power dynamics, and enhance equity and inclusivity.
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 before they enter the program, are distributed again during graduate student orientation, and an official copy is placed in each student's file in the department.
As you look at our program, you will notice that some courses are labeled “practicum” which has the same meaning as “studio”.
NOTE: URP 697 Masters Project is a capstone course which must be taken in a MUP student’s final semester. Students, may, however, request to work on a 6-credit thesis instead of a 3-credit final project. Thesis is pursued through two courses, URP 698 Master's Thesis Preparation and URP 699 Master's Thesis, which should be taken consecutively. Thesis students would take URP 698 in the next-to-last semester and URP 699 in the final semester. Upon special permission of the chair, under special circumstances, students may take them simultaneously. Sometimes students start a thesis but fail to complete it. Such students are permitted to switch to the project option, but are then not allowed to use the thesis credits towards the MUP degree
We accept and review applications on a continual basis throughout the year.
Submit your application by March 1,2021 for preferred scholarship consideration.
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 a greater depth of knowledge about our natural and built environments may choose to specialize in one (or more) of our five specializations, or to pursue the interdisciplinary or generalist track.
Develop versatile skills with our courses: focused, practical, and relevant