The MURP is is a two-year degree program and is fully accredited by the Planning Accreditation Board, a joint undertaking of the American Institute of Certified Planners and the Association of Collegiate Schools of Planning. Approximately 65 new students enroll in the program each fall.
Core courses, knowledge common to all areas of planning, are required of all Master's students. Students are also expected to select one of the following areas of concentration by the end of their first term.
- Master's students must complete a minimum of 72 units (18 courses). Students generally take 12 units in each of 6 terms, completing the program in two years.
- Upon entering the program, all students must pass examinations indicating competence in basic mathematics and microeconomics before enrolling in required core courses.
- Fieldwork: Master's students who enter without substantial prior experience in planning are required to complete 300 total hours of fieldwork.
- Students are also required to complete either a thesis or one of two comprehensive examination plans:
- The Master's Thesis is intended to provide the opportunity for independent scholarly research and should be the length and quality of a publishable journal article.
- The Comprehensive Examination Plan A, applied planning research project or group comprehensive project, is recommended for students who are more interested in the practical application of what they have learned in their coursework than in scholarly research.
- Comprehensive Examination Plan B is a two week examination, which typically takes the form of a simulated client-oriented project under tight time constraints. Requires permission of the Department Chair.