The Master of Urban Planning (MUP) program is a professionally oriented degree that focuses on preparation of planners who will be employed primarily by local governments, planning consultants and community based organizations. The degree is accredited by the Planning Accreditation Board. Students have the opportunity to specialize in Housing and Community Development, Urban Economic Development, or Managing Metropolitan Growth. Through course projects and internships students are able to gain structured practical experience. Student projects conducted as "capstone" courses have been recognized for excellence by the Michigan Society of Planning. The Department's Stilgenbauer GIS Laboratory provides students with state-of-the-art microcomputer workstations with mapping and statistical analysis capabilities.

Read the Master of Urban Planning Program Brochure.


Admission Requirements

Baccalaureate degree in any field from an accredited U.S. university or an equivalent institution abroad; minimum 3.0 undergraduate honor grade point average for the last two years of undergraduate course work; written statement of 1-2 pages explaining interest in urban planning and how the degree will serve professional aims; and two letters of recommendation.

Students in the MUP Program must complete a minimum of 48 credits in the required and elective courses as listed below and must maintain a grade point average of at least 3.0.

How to Apply

Admission to the MUP program is contingent upon admission to the Graduate School. Applications must be submitted electronically to the Office of Graduate Admissions. Please use the online admission portal for uploading all documents. This includes official transcripts of your prior academic work, two letters of recommendation, your resume, and a personal statement on your interest in urban planning (1-2 pages). The letters of recommendation should be from non-relatives and at least one should be from someone who is familiar with your academic potential (unless you have been out of school for some time). We do not require applicants to take the Graduate Record Exam (GRE).

If you are admitted to the Graduate School, they will forward your materials to us. When we have your complete file, you will be contacted to set up a time for an admissions interview. Applicants not living within commuting distance of the campus can complete this interview by telephone.

Visit Masters of Urban Planning Program Information page for additional details.

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