School of Urban & Regional Planning

Florida Atlantic University

MURP Curriculum

The Master of Urban and Regional Planning curriculum is a two-year, 48-semester hour program. It is designed and structured to allow timely completion for both full-time (9-12 credits per semester) and part-time (6 credits per semester) students.

The MURP curriculum is structured into three components: core courses (27 credits), areas of specialization (12 credits), electives (6 credits), and synthesis (3 credits).

The core component provides planning knowledge, skills, and values. Planning knowledge includes: the structure and functions of urban settlements, history and theory of planning processes and practices; and administrative, legal, and political aspects of plan-making and policy implementation. Planning skills focus on: problem formulation, research skills, and data gathering; quantitative analysis and computers; written, oral, and graphic communications; collaborative problem solving, plan-making, and program design; and the synthesis and application of knowledge to practice. Discussion of planning values provides students with the basis for becoming ethical practitioners who are aware of, and responsible for, the way their activities affect and promote societal and individual concerns.

Required Core Courses (27 credits):
URP 6101 Planning Process and Skills Fall 1
URP 6200 Planimetrics Fall 1
URP 6840 Urban and Regional Theory Fall 1
URP 6270 Introduction to GIS in Planning Fall 1
URP 6881 Urban Design Spring 1
URP 6131 Legal Aspects of Planning Spring 1
URP 6115 Urban Governance Fall 2
URP 6920 Planning Workshop I Fall 2
URP 6310 Seminar in Urban Planning Spring 2
Specialization Courses and Electives (12 credits)*:
URP 6425 Environmental Analysis in Planning Spring 1
URP 6429 Environmental Policy and Programs Fall 2
  Specialization Elective 1 Fall 2
  Specialization Elective 2
Spring 2
URP 6545 Urban Revitalization Strategy Spring 1
URP 6549 Public Sector and Economic Development Planning Fall 2
  Specialization Elective 1 Fall 2
  Specialization Elective 2 Spring 2
URP 6873 Site Planning Spring 1
URP 6886 Urban Design Workshop Fall 2
  Specialization Elective 1 Fall 2
  Specialization Elective 2
Spring 2
URP 6711 Introduction to Transportation Planning Spring 1
URP 6873 Site Planning Fall 2
  Specialization Elective 1 Fall 2
  Specialization Elective 2 Spring 2
Elective Courses (6 credits):
  Elective 1 Spring 1
  Elective 2 Spring 2
Synthesis Courses (3 Credits):
URP 6979 Planning Project Spring 2

Note: All SURP graduate students have access to the VPT Classroom and the FAU Student Computer Lab for coursework. Lab fees are assessed to mostly cover software licenses. When checking course schedules, click on CRN for detailed course information, which includes lab fee amounts. The description and a list of recommended courses for specializations can be found here. Students also have the option of tailoring their own specialization with the approval of the program coordinator.

Academic Standing

Students are considered to be in good academic standing if they are making satisfactory progress toward the MURP degree. Students are expected to maintain a minimum 3.0 cumulative average throughout the course of study; failure to maintain this average for two successive semesters will result in recommended dismissal. Only grades of "C" or higher are acceptable in fulfilling the requirements for the MURP degree. Students may not graduate with more than one grade below a "B-" in core courses (in such cases, these courses must be repeated for a grade of "B-" or higher).

Acceptance of transfer credits from approved institutions is dependent on the pertinence of the work to the MURP degree requirements. Transfer of credit should normally occur at the time of admission and is limited to six semester credit hours. Transfer credit can be given only for courses that have not been applied to another degree or preparatory work.

Waivers from specific course (but not the associated credit) requirements may be granted upon approval of the Director of the School.

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