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Urban and Regional Planning M.U.R.P.

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Hubert H. Humphrey School of Public Affairs
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Student Services, Hubert H. Humphrey School of Public Affairs, University of Minnesota, 301 19th Avenue South, Minneapolis, MN 55455 (612-624-3800; fax 612-626-0002)
  • Program Type: Master's
  • Requirements for this program are current for Spring 2018
  • Length of program in credits: 48
  • This program does not require summer semesters for timely completion.
  • Degree: Master of Urban and Regional Planning
Along with the program-specific requirements listed below, please read the General Information section of this website for requirements that apply to all major fields.
The master of urban and regional planning (MURP) degree is an interdisciplinary program that prepares students to analyze, forecast, design, and implement plans for regions, communities, and neighborhoods. Students develop a comprehensive understanding of the built environment (land use, transportation, housing, regional economies) and the ability to mediate among competing interests. They are prepared for jobs in public, nonprofit, and private sectors. Students can generally complete the MURP degree in two years of full-time study.
Program Delivery
  • via classroom (the majority of instruction is face-to-face)
Prerequisites for Admission
A four-year bachelor's degree from an accredited U.S. university or foreign equivalent at time of enrollment.
Other requirements to be completed before admission:
While no specific experience or academic pathway is required, students with a strong liberal education background and sound quantitative and analytical skills will be best prepared for academic success at the Humphrey School of Public Affairs. Previous coursework in mathematics, statistics, and economics is recommended. Past applicants needing to strengthen this part of their skill set have found courses in introductory microeconomics, college algebra, and introductory statistics to be helpful preparation.
Special Application Requirements:
A complete application will include a University of Minnesota graduate application, personal statement, resume or C.V., transcripts, GRE scores, TOEFL scores (if applicable), at least three letters of recommendation, and an optional diversity statement.
Applicants must submit their test score(s) from the following:
  • GRE
International applicants must submit score(s) from one of the following tests:
  • TOEFL
    • Internet Based - Total Score: 100
    • Paper Based - Total Score: 600
  • IELTS
    • Total Score: 7.0
Key to test abbreviations (GRE, TOEFL, IELTS).
For an online application or for more information about graduate education admissions, see the General Information section of this website.
Program Requirements
Plan A: Plan A requires 38 major credits, 0 credits outside the major, and 10 thesis credits. The final exam is oral.
Plan C: Plan C requires 48 major credits and 0 credits outside the major. There is no final exam.
This program may be completed with a minor.
Use of 4xxx courses towards program requirements is not permitted.
A minimum GPA of 2.80 is required for students to remain in good standing.
At least 1 semesters must be completed before filing a Degree Program Form.
A 400-hour professional internship is required. MURP students must demonstrate competence with GIS through coursework or work experience. (Students not competent in GIS must take a graduate-level GIS course as part of their 48 credits.)
Required Core Courses
PA 5004 - Introduction to Planning (3.0 cr)
PA 5013 - Law and Urban Land Use (1.5 cr)
PA 5031 - Empirical Analysis I (4.0 cr)
PA 5042 - Urban and Regional Economics (2.0 cr)
PA 5043 - Economic and Demographic Data Analysis (2.0 cr)
PA 5204 - Urban Spatial and Social Dynamics (3.0 cr)
PA 5211 - Land Use Planning (3.0 cr)
PA 5253 - Designing Planning and Participation Processes (3.0 cr)
PA 8081 - Capstone Workshop (3.0 cr)
Plan Options
Plan A Requirements
Plan A students must complete at least 38 course credits, which will include the core courses, at least 6 credits from one of four concentration areas, and electives. Plan A students also must take at least 10 master's thesis credits.
Concentration Requirement
Take at least 6 credits from one of the following concentration areas: Environmental Planning; Housing and Community Development; Land Use and Urban Design; or Transportation Planning.
Electives
Take elective courses as needed to meet the 38-credit requirement for coursework.
Thesis Credits
Take 10 master's thesis credits.
PA 8777 - Thesis Credits: Master's (1.0-18.0 cr)
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Plan C Requirements
Plan C students must complete at least 48 course credits, which will include the core courses, at least 12 credits from one of four concentration areas, and electives.
Concentration Requirement
Take at least 12 credits from one of the following concentration areas: environmental planning; housing and community development; land use and urban design; or transportation planning.
Electives
Take elective courses as needed to meet the 48-credit requirement.
Joint- or Dual-degree Coursework:
MURP/JD: 29 credits in common allowed. MURP/MLA: 37 credits in common allowed. MURP/MPH: 26 credits in common allowed. MURP/MSCE: 18 credits in common allowed. MURP/MSW: 21 credits in common allowed for the full program; 15 for the advanced standing program; and 11 for MSW Direct Practice.
 
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PA 5004 - Introduction to Planning
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Grading Basis: A-F or Aud
Typically offered: Every Fall
History/institutional development of urban planning as profession. Intellectual foundations, planning theory. Roles of urban planners in U.S./international settings. Scope, legitimacy, limitations of planning/planning process. Issues in planning ethics/settings of diverse populations/stakeholders. prereq: Major/minor in urban/regional planning or instr consent
PA 5013 - Law and Urban Land Use
Credits: 1.5 [max 1.5]
Grading Basis: A-F or Aud
Typically offered: Every Fall
Role of law in regulating/shaping urban development, land use, environmental quality, local/regional governmental services. Interface between public/private sector. prereq: Major or minor in urban/regional planning or instr consent
PA 5031 - Empirical Analysis I
Credits: 4.0 [max 4.0]
Grading Basis: A-F or Aud
Typically offered: Every Fall
Basic statistical tools for empirical analysis of public policy alternatives. Frequency distributions, descriptive statistics, elementary probability/probability distributions, statistical inference. Estimation/hypothesis testing. Cross-tabulation/chi-square distribution. Analysis of variance, correlation. Simple/multiple regression analysis.
PA 5042 - Urban and Regional Economics
Credits: 2.0 [max 2.0]
Grading Basis: A-F only
Typically offered: Every Spring
Evaluation of city existence/growth using economics. Economic forces in development of cities. Economic analysis of urban areas/land market. Economic analysis of planning issues in land use, transportation, housing, environment. prereq: [Major or minor in urban and regional planning, microeconomics course] or instr consent
PA 5043 - Economic and Demographic Data Analysis
Credits: 2.0 [max 2.0]
Grading Basis: A-F only
Typically offered: Every Spring
Economic/demographic data analysis techniques for planning. Exposure to most important data sources. Conceptual understanding of range of methods/hands-on experience in applying these methods. prereq: Major or minor in urban/regional planning or instr consent
PA 5204 - Urban Spatial and Social Dynamics
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Typically offered: Every Spring
Behavioral theories of internal spatial arrangement, functioning, characteristics of cities at macro level/how they produce system of cities. Factors influencing urban spatial structure over time. Urban form, land use/rent. Spatial expression of economic, social, political forces. prereq: urban/regional planning Major/minor in or public affairs PhD or instr consent
PA 5211 - Land Use Planning
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Grading Basis: A-F only
Typically offered: Every Fall
Physical/spatial basis for land use planning at community/regional level. Role of public sector in guiding private development. Land use regulations, comprehensive planning, growth management, innovative land use planning/policies. prereq: Major or minor in urban/regional planning or instr consent
PA 5253 - Designing Planning and Participation Processes
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Grading Basis: A-F only
Typically offered: Every Fall
Theory/practice of design, implementation, evaluation of planning/participation processes. Types of planning. Stakeholders, including underrepresented groups. Costs/benefits of participation. Participant roles. Planning/participation tools/techniques. prereq: Major or minor in urban/regional planning or instr consent
PA 8081 - Capstone Workshop
Credits: 3.0 [max 6.0]
Grading Basis: A-F only
Typically offered: Every Fall, Spring & Summer
Project for external client on issue agreed upon by student, client, and instructor. Students apply interdisciplinary methods, approaches, and perspectives from core courses. Written report with analysis and policy recommendations. Oral presentation. Topics vary by term. prereq: completion of core courses or instr consent
PA 8777 - Thesis Credits: Master's
Credits: 1.0 -18.0 [max 50.0]
Grading Basis: No Grade
Typically offered: Every Fall, Spring & Summer
(No description) prereq: Max 18 cr per semester or summer; 10 cr total required [Plan A only]