Urban and Regional Planning Program Information
Please note that the Master of Arts in Urban and Regional Planning (M.A.U.R.P.) has been renamed to the Master of Urban and Regional Planning (M.U.R.P.) and is being phased out as of Fall 2014.)
The Department of Urban and Regional Planning offers the degree of Master of Urban and Regional Planning (M.U.R.P.). The 52-credit graduate program is usually completed in two academic years. Students with a master’s degree in a related field may obtain approval from the Department to transfer up to 18 credit hours toward the 52-credit requirement. The Department encourages students with any undergraduate degree who are interested in the field of planning to apply for admission.
The M.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. Complete descriptions of the requirements for the M.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 that 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; 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. Interstate field trips are required as a part of the normal program curriculum. Students should plan to have adequate funds for field trips and for studio materials.
The program emphasizes planning, policy, and design for the built and natural environments. Areas of specialized knowledge include land use 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 interdisciplinary faculty, course offerings, and other resources available in the College of Design, Construction, and Planning and throughout the University. The Department has several research centers: The Geo-facilities Planning and Information Center (GeoPlan), the Center for International Design and Planning (CIDP), the Center for Building Better Communities (CBBC), and the Center for Health and the Built Environment (CHBE).
For more information, please see our website: http://www.dcp.ufl.edu/urp/academics/degrees.