Public Information

The Planning Accreditation Board requires this information be posted for the Master of Urban Planning program.

Student Achievement

The Department of Urban & Regional Planning assesses student achievement through two distinct mechanisms:

  1. Evaluation by internship supervisor; and
  2. Evaluation of the comprehensive planning report using a common rubric

1. Internship Supervisor Evaluation Data

Every student who graduates with a MUP degree must complete a minimum of 180 hours of professional work experience. Internship supervisors are required to evaluate the student on a wide variety of planning knowledge and skills. A summary of internship evaluations for graduates in 2020-2021 is shown in the table below.

Criteria 2020-2021 Student Achievement*

Ability to work effectively on a team


Ability to compose written reports and memos


Ability to make an oral presentation


Ability to interface with the public or clients


Ability to solve problems and think creatively


Initiative and ability to work independently


Knowledge expected of an entry-level employee


Understanding of professional planning issues


Ability to synthesize planning knowledge and apply it to actual planning problems


* Average student achievement on each criterion on a scale of 1 to 5, with 5 indicating “very high performance

2. Evaluation of Comprehensive Planning Report

Every student who graduates from our MUP program completes a comprehensive professional planning report. This independent research project is evaluated by department faculty using a common rubric. A summary of student achievement on the culminating professional report for all students graduating in 2020-2021 is shown in the table, based on outcomes for three criteria:

Outcome 1

Demonstrates ability to conceptualize problems from complex, real world situations so the problems are meaningful to clients, and are research worthy.

Students must receive a minimum score of 8 out of 12 to pass. Avg. Score: 10.3
1A. Are the research questions and/or goals well defined and clearly stated? (2 point max.) 1.7
1B. Does the author demonstrate in-depth familiarity with relevant literature on the subject? (6 points max.)  5.3
1C. Is the methodology appropriate to answer the research question(s)? (4 points max.) 3.3

Outcome 2

Demonstrates ability to collect, analyze, and synthesize information from multiple sources.

Students must receive a minimum score of 10 out of 16 to pass. Avg. Score: 13.1
2A. Is the data collected sufficient in quality and depth to answer the research question? (6 points max.) 4.8
2B. Is the analysis direct, competent, and appropriate? (6 points max.) 5.1
2C. Are the conclusions sophisticated and based on the results of the analysis, as a logical extension of the findings? (2 points max.) 1.6
2D. Does the author show how his/her analysis and findings fit into the larger context of the literature and current professional practice? (2 points max.) 1.6

Outcome 3

Demonstrates ability to communicate effectively in writing and by expressing concepts in visual terms.

Students must receive a minimum score of 8 out of 12 to pass. Avg. Score: 10.0
3A. Is the material logically organized, so that a reader can easily follow the writer’s train of thought? (4 points max.) 3.2
3B. Is the writing grammatically correct and free of typos? (2 points max.) 1.6
3C. Do tables and figures add useful/important information for the reader? (2 points max.) 1.8
3D. Is the report attractive and professional in appearance? (2 points max.) 1.7
3E. Are citations included where appropriate, and are footnotes and bibliography properly formatted? (2 points max.) 1.7

Total Rubric Score

Students must receive a minimum score of 26 out of 40 to pass.

  • Avg. Score: 33.5

2022-2023 Tuition and Fees

Tuition and fees are calculated for one full academic year (Fall '22 and Spring '23 semesters) and are based on a full-time course-load of 12 units.

  • In State Residents, per full-time academic year: $9,333
  • Out of State Residents, per full-time academic year: $18,837

For a complete list of student fees and for a per-credit-hour breakdown of tuition rates, please refer to the University Bursar’s website.

Student Retention Rate

  • Percentage of students who began studies in Fall 2021 and continued into Fall 2022: 95%

Student Graduation Rate

  • Percentage of students graduating within 4 years, entering class of 2018: 95%

Number of Degrees Awarded

  • Number of degrees awarded for AY 2021-2022: 26

AICP Certification

  • Percentage of master’s graduates taking the AICP exam within 3 years who pass, graduating class of 2018: 5%


  • Percentage of full-time graduates obtaining professional planning, planning-related positions within 12 months of graduation, graduating class of 2021: 87%