Master of Urban Planning and Policy

Admission Requirements

Applicants are considered on an individual basis. In addition to the Graduate College minimum requirements, applicants must meet the following program requirements:

  • Baccalaureate Field No restrictions.
  • Grade Point Average At least 3.00/4.00 for the final 60 semester hours (90 quarter hours) of undergraduate study.
  • Tests Required None required for admission. Applicants for research assistantships and fellowships must submit GRE General scores. Applicants with undergraduate degrees from universities outside the U.S. are strongly urged to submit GRE General scores.
  • Minimum English Competency Test Score
    • TOEFL 80, with subscores of Reading 19, Listening 17, Speaking 20, and Writing 21 (iBT Internet-based); 60, with subscores of Reading 19, Listening 17, Writing 21 (New Paper-Based—after August 2018); 550 (Institutional Testing Paper-Based—prior to August 2018), OR,
    • IELTS 6.5, with subscores of 6.0 for all four subscores, OR,
    • PTE-Academic 54, with subscores of Reading 51, Listening 47, Speaking 53, and Writing 56.
  • Letters of Recommendation Three required.
  • Personal Statement Required. The statement must address the applicant’s educational and career goals and previous pertinent work, volunteer, and/or academic experience.
  • Other Requirements Applicants must submit a recent paper, essay, or project of which they are the sole author or designer. This material may be of an academic, professional, or personal nature, and must be at least 1000 words in length. Applicants for research assistantship positions must submit a resume.
  • Deadlines The application deadline for this program is earlier than the Graduate College deadline; application deadlines for this program are listed on the Graduate College website.

Degree Requirements

  • Minimum Semester Hours Required 60.
  • Course Work At least 24 hours must be at the 500-level, and at least 16 hours must be in the student’s major area, including 12 at the 500-level.

Core Requirements

Course Title
Required Courses
Introduction to Geospatial Analysis and Visualization I
Geographic Information Systems for Planning and Policy
History and Theory of Urban Planning
Urban Space, Place and Institutions
Planning Skills: Computers, Methods and Communication
Plan Making
Plan-Making Studio
Global Urbanization and Planning

Specialization Requirements

  • Students must complete at least one three-course specializaton in a substantive field of planning. Students may select from the following approved specializations or develop their own with faculty approval:
  1. Community Development
  2. Economic Development
  3. Environmental Planning and Policy
  4. Spatial Planning
  5. Urban Transportation

Community Development Specialization

Course Title
Courses
Community Development I: Theory
Community Development II: Practice
Another 540-series or faculty-approved course

Economic Development Specialization

Course Title
Courses
Economic Development I: Analysis
Economic Development II: Planning
Another 530-series or faculty-approved course

Environmental Planning and Policy Specialization

Course Title
Courses
Environmental Planning and Policy
Economic and Environmental Planning
Systems Methods for Environmental Planning and Policy
Another 570-series or faculty-approved course

Spatial Planning Specialization

Course Title
Courses
Spatial Planning: Theoretical Foundations
Spatial Planning: Studio (or equivalent studio approved by department)
Spatial Planning: Methods

Urban Transportation Specialization

Course Title
Courses
Urban Transportation I: Introduction and Policy
Urban Transportation II: Laboratory
One of the following:
Transportation: Special Topics (Complete Streets )
Transportation Project Funding and Finance
Topics in Urban Planning and Policy (Transit-Oriented Development Studio)
Equivalent faculty-approved course
  • Comprehensive Examination None.
  • Thesis, Project, or Course-Work-Only Options Course-work-only or or thesis. No other options are available.
    • Thesis: No more than 16 hours of UPP 598 can be applied to the degree.
    • Course-work-only: Professional portfolio required. 2 hours of UPP 595 required for the degree.
  • Other Requirements
    • Continuous Registration: Students who have completed all degree requirements except the thesis/project must register for zero semester hours to maintain continuity of registration.
    • Internship: Students must complete an approved 300-hour internship and register for UPP 590.

Interdepartmental Concentrations

Students earning a graduate degree in this department may complement their courses by enrolling in select concentrations after consulting with their graduate advisor. Interdepartmental concentrations available for this degree include: