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MUP Curriculum

The Master of Urban Planning (MUP) degree requires completion of 48 credit hours, typically taken over four full-time semesters. Part-time study is also possible. All requirements must be completed within a seven-year period.  The curriculum consists of core courses and a specialization.  Scroll down to see more detail on the relevant courses.  More information on each specialization and examples of semester-by-semester courses of study can be found here.


Core Courses

Every student must complete 21 hours of core courses. The core courses cover the essential aspects of planning theory, methods and practice, and are as follows:




UBPL 815

History and Theory of Planning


UBPL 850

Urban and Regional Theory




UBPL 705

Economic Analysis for Planners


UBPL 741

Quantitative Methods I


UBPL 742

Quantitative Methods II




UBPL 736

Planning Institutions


UBPL 763

Professional Practice
















Specialization Tracks

Every student must also complete 12 hours of specialization courses. The specialization courses cover theory and policy, methods, implementation, and supplementary courses, and are as follows:




Sustainable Land Use


Theory and Policy



UBPL 710: Introduction to Housing Policy (F)

UBPL 765: Introduction to Sustainable Land Use Planning (F)

UBPL 750: Introduction to Transportation Planning (F)




UPBL 764: Real Estate Development Planning I (F)

UBPL 735: Site Planning and Design (S)


UBPL 738: Environmental Planning Techniques (S)

UBPL 756: Travel Demand Forecasting Methods (S)




UBPL 716: Community and Neighborhood Revitalization (S)

UBPL 773: Sustainable Land Use Planning Implementation (S)

UBPL 757: Transportation Planning Implementation (S)

Supplementary Courses (can be used to meet 12 credit requirement for specialization and as electives)



UBPL 768: Real Estate Development Planning II (S)

UBPL 730: Plans and Planning Processes (F)

UBPL 735: Site Planning and Design (S) OR

UBPL 738: Environmental Planning Techniques (S)

UBPL 739: Issues in Growth Management (S)

UBPL 762: Sustainability and the Future of the Built Environment (F)


UBPL 755: Planning Intercity Transportation Systems (S)

UBPL 758: Public Transit (F)

CE 781: Transportation Engineering I

CE 881: Transportation Engineering II


F - typically offered in Fall semester

S - typically offered in Spring semester




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