Mission and Educational Objectives


Using Silicon Valley as our laboratory, the Master of Urban Planning (MUP) program at San José State University strives to be a leading center in professional urban and regional planning graduate education. The program achieves its mission by focusing on the following goals and objectives:

Goal 1. prepare a diverse student population to become leaders in rapidly-changing urban environments, with skills for working with wide-ranging constituencies and the commitment towards lifelong professional development.

Objective 1.a. attract and retain a student body that reflects the diversity of our Northern California region (we embrace a broad definition of diversity that encompasses age, ancestry, citizenship status, color, disability, ethnicity, race, gender, marital status, medical condition, national origin, religion or lack of thereof, sexual orientation, transgender status, veteran’s status, economic status and academic background)

Objective 1.b. accommodate the scheduling, advising and curricular requirements of part-time working professional students and full-time students

Objective 1.c. carefully balance the composition of the program’s faculty by recruiting and retaining a faculty that is of a size, caliber, diversity, professional orientation, public service and academic credentials that foster excellence

Objective 1.d. impart education that emphasizes the need and desire for life-long professional development

Goal 2. prepare planning professionals to perform effectively in the public, private and non-profit sectors with a strong education in general planning, as well as specialized training in planning sub-fields

Objective 2.a. provide a broad-based understanding of planning theory and practice through exposure to concepts, methodologies, field techniques and applications concerned with the functioning of urban areas and the planning process

Objective 2.b. ensure the program’s excellence in teaching, advising and student mentoring with a focus on real-world professional practice

Objective 2.c. adopt curricular innovations in response to the rapidly evolving nature of the profession, and familiarize students with state-of-the-art planning concepts, skills and applications

Objective 2.d. provide students opportunities to develop a depth of knowledge and confidence in a particular field of planning -- such as Applications of Technology in Planning, Community Design and Development, Environmental Planning, Land Use and Transportation Planning -- from which to grow and with which to enter the professional field with marketable skills

Goal 3. contribute to enhancing the knowledge and practice of planning through professional and scholarly activities, public service and research conducted by our faculty, students and alumni

Objective 3.a. partner with practicing professionals, communities, organizations and the leadership of our region towards shaping a strong and equitable community

Objective 3.b. provide students with opportunities for direct engagement with diverse planning constituencies through community-based research and learning experiences

Objective 3.c. influence the development of knowledge and innovative planning practices through research, public service and class-based activities

Objective 3.d. strengthen multi-disciplinary collaborations to enhance and complement resources, research, public service, professional and teaching opportunities

Goal 4. cultivate a supportive environment for teaching and learning, research, community service and shared governance in the MUP program that results in a strong sense of community among students, faculty, alumni and the professional community

Objective 4.a. foster an open and participatory departmental governance and policy-making process that incorporates not only faculty, but also students, alumni and members of the professional and academic community

Objective 4.b. maintain physical as well as virtual spaces to support the exchange of information among students, faculty, alumni and the professional community, and the formation of professional networks

Objective 4.c. conduct activities that support collaboration and a sense of community among students, faculty, alumni and the professional community

Objective 4.d. identify and secure external resources to support faculty and student participation in scholarly and applied research activities

Objective 4.e. provide adequate facilities, equipment and resources to support teaching, research and community service We strive to enhance our position as a leading center for urban and regional planning education in Northern California by:

Program Learning Objectives Objectives

  1. Conceptualize planning problems from complex, real-world situations so that the problems are meaningful to clients, and are research-worthy.
    1. Frame research questions and hypotheses
    2. Design appropriate methodologies to answer research questions
URBP 298 Planning Report rubric:
  • Outcome 1.1 to assess PLO 1a.
  • Outcome 1.3 to assess PLO 1b.
ULG 1 – Specialized Knowledge*ULG 2 – Broad Integrative Knowledge
  1. Communicate effectively.
    1. Communicate effectively in writing.
    2. Communicate effectively by expressing concepts in visual terms.
    3. Communicate effectively through public speaking.
URBP 298 (2a and 2b)Internship (2a and 2c) Planning Report rubric:
  • Outcomes 3.8, 3.9, 3.12 to assess PLO 2a.
  • Outcomes 3.10 and 3.11 to assess PLO 2b.
Internship form:
  • Item 2 to assess PLO 2a.
  • Item 3 to assess PLO 2c
ULG 1 – Specialized Knowledge*ULG 3 – Intellectual Skills
  1. Work effectively as team members and leaders of planning teams, and to apply an understanding of interpersonal and group dynamics to assure effective group action.
URBP 201 Peer Review rubric ULG 1 – Specialized Knowledge*ULG 4 – Applied Knowledge
  1. Analyze and synthesize planning knowledge and apply it to address actual planning problems.
URBP 298Internship Planning Report rubric:
  • Outcome 2
Internship form
  • Item 9
ULG 1 – Specialized Knowledge*ULG 2 – Broad Integrative Knowledge
  1. Develop planning strategies to advance community priorities through collaborative engagement with stakeholders, and do so in a manner that deliberately incorporates multicultural and historical perspectives.
URBP 201 End of Semester Reflection grading rubric
  • Criteria 1
ULG 1 – Specialized Knowledge*ULG 5 – Social and Global Responsibilities
a All students graduating from the MUP program at SJSU are expected to have graduate-level mastery of the key “Knowledge, Skills, and Values” for professional planners as identified by the Planning Accreditation Board (see http://www.sjsu.edu/urbanplanning/courses/pabknowledge.html). * Upon successful completion of the MUP degree at SJSU, students will have a graduate-level mastery of all five program learning outcomes which will result in graduate level mastery of ULG 1 – Specialized Knowledge (“depth of knowledge required for a degree, as identified by its program learning outcomes”).