Chair: K.E. Larsen.
Graduate Coordinator: R. H. Schneider.
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Doctor of Philosophy: The College offers an interdisciplinary program leading to the Doctor of Philosophy degree in Design, Construction, and Planning. Areas of specialization within this program include architecture, building construction, interior design, landscape architecture, and urban and regional planning. For information, write to the Ph.D. Director, College of Design, Construction, and Planning Doctoral Program, 331 ARCH, P.O. Box 115701.
Master of Arts in Urban and Regional Planning: The Department of Urban and Regional Planning offers graduate work leading to the degree of Master of Arts in Urban and Regional Planning (M.A.U.R.P.). Students are encouraged to enter the program in the fall semester. The program is usually completed in two academic years. The student entering with an undergraduate degree and no graduate study must complete 52 hours of credit for the M.A.U.R.P. degree. Students who have a master’s degree in a related field may transfer up to 18 graduate semester hours toward the 52 hour requirement. Such a transfer of credit requires the approval of the Department. The Department encourages students with any undergraduate degree who are interested in the field of planning to apply for admission.
Complete descriptions of the requirements for the M.A.U.R.P. and Ph.D. degrees are provided in the General Information section of this catalog.
The urban and regional planning curriculum is designed to provide a set of core studies and contextual projects which prepare the graduate for the practice of planning in public or private agencies at both national and international levels. The core studies include history and theory of planning; planning methods; growth management at local, regional, and state levels; and related studies in community and regional social, natural, and economic systems. Contextual projects include, among many subject areas, urban design, transportation, regional planning, community redevelopment and preservation, housing, real estate, and economic development. The program emphasizes planning, policies, and design for the physical environment. Current specializations include growth management and transportation, urban design, housing, community and economic development, information technologies for planning, and environmental planning. Students are also encouraged to take advantage of the extensive faculty, course offerings, and other resources available in the College of Design, Construction, and Planning and throughout the University. The Department has two research centers: The Geo-facilities Planning and Information Center (GeoPlan), the Center for Building Better Communities (CBBC), and the Center for Health and the Built Environment (CHBE).
The curriculum is supported by an extensive GIS laboratory, and a visual aid library. Variation from the core studies may be approved by the Department if the student can demonstrate education and experience to the faculty that would support such an alternative. The M.A.U.R.P. degree is accredited by the Planning Accreditation Board, a joint undertaking of the American Institute of Certified Planners and the Association of Collegiate Schools of Planning, for having achieved the highest applicable standards for graduate education in the field of planning. Graduates of the Department are prepared to practice urban and regional planning.
The Department of Urban and Regional Planning and the College of Law offer a joint degree program (see Requirements for Master’s Degrees in the General Information section of this catalog). Areas of concentration with other programs in the Graduate School may be developed to meet the individual needs of students. In addition to course work the student is required to complete an internship with a public or private planning office and the student must complete a thesis.
The Department reserves the right to retain student work for purposes of record, exhibition, or instruction.