School of Urban & Regional Planning

Florida Atlantic University

Facts & Figures

1989 (as the Department of Urban & Regional Planning)
Degree Programs
Master of Urban & Regional Planning
Bachelor of Urban & Regional Planning
Bachelor of Urban Design
Ph.D. in Public Administration (Urban and Regional Planning Concentration)
SURP has eight full-time distinguished faculty that specialize in areas as diverse as transportation systems, economic development, urban and community design, disaster planning and hazard assessment, urban food systems, metropolitan growth, urban mobility, environmental planning, sea-level rise vulnerability assessment, governance, and housing and community development.
Number of Students by Degree (Fall 2015):
MURP: 47
BURP: 74
BUD: 44
Students by Gender (Fall 2015):
Male: 61%
Female: 39%
Graduates in 2014-2015:
MURP: 13
BURP: 21.5
BUD: 21.5
MURP Program and Outcomes Data:
The following data are reported to satisfy Planning Accreditation Board requirements:
Tuition and Fees (2015-2016):
The following tuition and fee rates are based on the number of credit hours and include tuition plus various fees assessed by the university:
In-state residents: $8,875.68 per year ($369.82 per credit hour for 24 hours)
Out-of-state residents: $24,595.44 per year ($1,024.81 per credit hour for 24 hours)
For a breakdown of tuition rates and fees, please refer to the Controller’s web site: In addition, the School of Urban and Regional Planning charges lab fees ranging from $25 to $70 per credit hour for some courses. The effect of these charges on the total cost of the degree depends on which electives students choose.
Student Retention and Graduation Rates:
The retention rate is the percentage of new students enrolling in the Fall semester who returned the next academic year. The graduation rate is the percentage of students enrolling in the Fall semester who graduate within four years of enrolling.
Enrollment Year Retention Rate Graduation Rate Degrees Awarded
2010 75.0% 66.7% 13
2011 93.3% 93.3% 19
2012 100.0% N/A 12
2013 84.6% N/A 15
2014 72.7% N/A 6
AICP Exam Pass Rate:
To become a certified planner, members of the American Planning Association (APA) must meet certain education and experience requirements and pass the American Institute of Certified Planners (AICP) Exam. The pass rate is the percentage of test takers who pass the examination within three years of graduating from a master’s program.
Graduation Year Number of Test Takers Pass Rate
2008 3 66.7%
2009 3 66.7%
2010 3 66.7%
2011 8 62.5%
2012 1 100.0%
AICP Exam pass rates data are collected by APA. For a complete list of pass rates for all PAB-accredited institutions see
Employment Rates:
The Employment Rate measures the percentage of MURP graduates who obtain planning positions or elect to pursue an advanced degree within one year of graduation.
Graduation Year Number of Graduates Professional Planning Employment Professional Planning-Related Employment Pursuing Advanced Degree Employment Rate Unknown or No Response
2011-12 12 75% 0% 0% 75% 25%
2012-13 15 33% 0% 0% 33% 67%
2013-14 6          
Percentages for 2013-2014 are pending receipt of survey results.
Student Achievement:
A recent survey of program alumni asked whether they were satisfied with how well the program prepared them for their current employment. Of those alumni who had graduated within the previous five years, the following responses were received:
Satisfied: 78%
Neither satisfied nor unsatisfied: 11%
Unsatisfied: 0%
No response: 11%