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Student Achievement

Master of Urban Planning (MUP) Student Achievement Printable Version  Download Arcobat Reader(PDF:305k)

1. Student achievement as determined by the program:

The Comprehensive Exam is administered between the first year and the second year of the program. Student achievement is measured based upon the following criteria:

  1. An understanding of, and correct application of modern urban planning tools;
  2. An awareness of the key elements of legal issues regarding planning in government;
  3. An understanding of the major components of the rational planning process;
  4. An understanding of ethical concerns that planners must consider;
  5. An awareness of social equity concerns that may arise during the planning process.
  6. An ability to conduct a market analysis for determining economic viability of plans;
  7. An understanding of urban development theories, including residential location theories;
  8. An ability to determine, conduct, and understand the results of an appropriate statistical analysis ;
  9. An ability to conduct a Cost/Benefit analysis on proposed plans;
  10. An ability to design and conduct an appropriate survey.

In the last semester of the program, the capstone course “Applied Planning Workshop” provides a second opportunity for faculty to assess student performance across these criteria, but at a higher level through performance on a real-world planning project for a real client.

2. The cost (tuition and fees) for a full-time student for one academic year can be found at:

3. Student retention and graduation rates, including the number of degrees produced each year, the percentage of master’s students graduating within 4 years:

Degrees granted:                      Percent graduating within 4 years
  2012 – 23                                    96
  2011 – 22                                    91
  2010 – 22                                    100
  2009 – 22                                    100

4. The percentage of master’s graduates who pass the AICP exam within 3 years after graduation:

In the seven years from 2006 through 2012, 141 master’s students graduated from the program. Thirteen of them passed the AICP exam within three years of graduation for a rate of 9.2%.

5. The employment rate of fulltime graduates in a professional planning or planning-related job within 1 year of graduation:

Between 80% and 90% of the graduates found full-time employment in a planning-related field within 3 or 4 months of graduation.