The MURP curriculum is structured into three components: Core Courses (27 credits), Electives (15 credits), and Synthesis (6 credits). Students without prior work in planning should complete Planning Internship (URP 6945) as an elective.
Core Courses include Guiding Values of planning; General Planning Knowledge; and Skills and Tools for Planning Practice. These topics are mandated by the Planning Accreditation Board.
Guiding Values of planning include Equity, Diversity, Social Justice, and Inclusion; Sustainability, Resilience, and Climate Justice; and Professional Ethics and Responsibility
General Planning Knowledge includes Planning History and Theory; Planning Law and Institutions; and theories and practices of Urban and Regional Development theories and practices.
Skills and Tools for Planning Practice include the Planning Process and Engagement; Analytical Skills and Tools; and Professional and Communication Skills.
Electives are offered on various topics, including transportation planning, environmental planning, geographic information systems, housing and community development, and urban design. Also, the Planning Abroad course (URP 5958), which is offered each Spring semester, allows students to study planning in another country. Students may also take relevant courses offered by other departments (a list of courses that are approved automatically is given below). Although the program does not provide formal specializations, students can plan their electives to develop expertise in an area of their choice.
Synthesis Courses involve taking either Planning Workshop (URP 6920) and Planning Project (URP 6979) or Master's Thesis (URP 6971, 3 credits in each of two successive semesters for a total of 6 credits). In Planning Workshop, students work collaboratively on a real-world planning problem for a client. For Planning Project, students work on an independent project of their choosing and work through all stages of the formal planning process. The Master's Thesis option is intended mainly for students planning to continue in a doctoral program.
Graduate Certificate Programs
Some students work on a graduate certificate at the same time as earning their MURP degree. A graduate certificate is an excellent way to demonstrate more profound knowledge in a specific area related to planning.
- Graduate Certificate in Environmental Restoration
- Graduate Certificate in Environmental Studies
- Graduate Certificate in Geographic Information Systems
|Required Core Courses (27 credits):
|History and Theory of Planning
|Urban Spatial Structure
|Introduction to GIS in Planning
|Statistics for Urban Planning
|Legal Aspects of Planning
|Regional and Scenario Planning
|Managing GIS Projects
|GIS Applications in Planning
|Environmental Analysis in Planning
|Environmental Policy and Programs
|Tourism and Economic Development
|Urban Revitalization Strategies
|Economic Development Planning
|Introduction to Transportation Planning
|Land Use and Transportation Planning
|Shared and Automated Transport: The Future of Urban Mobility
|Capital Facilities Planning
|Seminar in Housing
|Urban Development and Design
|Urban Design Workshop
|Directed Independent Study
The following courses offered by the Department of Geosciences and the School of Public Administration are automatically approved as electives for MURP students:
|Culture, Conservation, and Land Use
|Remote Sensing of the Environment
|Applications in Geographic Information Systems
|Programming in Geographic Information Systems
|Spatial Data Analysis
|Global Environmental Change
|Managerial Leadership in State and Local Government
|Strategic Planning in the Public Sector
|Local Government Administration
The full details of MURP Program requirements can be found in the official FAU Catalog.
Please visit the FAU Registrar website to view courses available over the next year.
For any questions regarding the Master of Urban and Regional Planning degree program, please contact Dr. Louis Merlin (Program Coordinator) at firstname.lastname@example.org.