Master of Urban Planning Degree
The Department of Urban and Regional Planning offers graduate study leading to the degree of Master of Urban Planning. This program, accredited by the Planning Accreditation Board, is designed to prepare skilled professionals who are well grounded in the theories, methods, and techniques of planning in local, regional, and state government for the purpose of improving the quality of urban regions. In addition, it provides students with an opportunity for developing a significant background in a particular area of specialization.
A special mission of the department is to promote planning education opportunities for a diverse student population, including working students who prefer to attend the program on a part-time basis.
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Master of Urban Planning Degree Program Requirements
The following section lays out the program requirements for students in the MUP program. (For a printer-friendly version of these requirements, please download a copy of the MUP Program Requirements [.pdf] last updated May 15, 2013.)
The program leading to the degree of Master of Urban Planning (MUP) consists of 48 semester units of coursework, normally requiring the equivalent of two years full-time graduate study to complete. In addition, students without prior planning experience complete a professional work experience requirement.
Core Seminars and Laboratory/Fieldwork Courses
Students take a series of eight required courses (26 units total) that, collectively, provide a comprehensive background in the theories, methods, and practices underpinning contemporary planning practice. These required classes are:
- URBP 200: Seminar on Urban & Regional Planning
- URBP 201 (6 units): Community Assessment
- URBP 204: Quantitative Methods
- URBP 225: Land Use Planning & Law
- URBP 236: Urban & Regional Planning Policy Analysis - Tools and Methods
- URBP 241 (2 units): Planning Sustainable Cities
- URBP 275G (1 unit): Geographic Information Systems Overview - Urban Planning Applications
- URBP 297P (1 unit, prerequisite for enrolling in URBP 298A): Planning Report Preliminary Proposal
Course descriptions and syllabi can be found at the Courses page.
Planning Report or Thesis
Students enroll in URBP 298A (3 units) and 298B (3 unit) during the last two semesters of study. In these classes, prepare a major planning report that represents an independent contribution to the field.
Student select a total of four elective courses (16 units) in conference with their advisor. Students are strongly encouraged to take at least three from within a single specialization. Electives (upper-division undergraduate, or graduate courses) from outside the Urban & Regional Planning Department may be taken, but must first be approved by the Graduate Advisor. Students are reminded that they must complete a minimum of 16 units of elective courses.
Writing Skills Test (WST) Requirement
The department requires students to take the WST before they begin the MUP program, or during the first semester. Students must submit WST score reports to the urban planning department office during their first semester in the program. Students who fail the WST must take corrective action immediately to prepare to take the test again.
Proof of passage of the WST is a required for enroll in URBP 236, and URBP 298A, and for graduation. (This WST requirement is waived only for students who have completed a bachelors degree or masters degree from a California State University campus.)
The WST is administered at the SJSU campus. For information on registration and test dates, visit the Testing and Evaluation Office website or call (408) 924-5980.
Professional Work Experience Requirement
To graduate, students must have at least 180 hours of professional work experience in urban and regional planning or a closely related field. Students fulfill the requirement with an internship or professional employment during their time in the program. (If the student has completed such work on a paid or voluntary basis within five years of entering the program, then additional professional experience is recommended, but not required. Paperwork confirming the experience must be submitted to the department.)
When students have completed their work experience, they should download the Certification of Professional Work Experience [.pdf] form and ask their supervisor to complete it. The completed forms should be sent to the Administrative Coordinator for the department.
Visit our careers page to learn more about finding internships and information about joining our SJSU_MURPs listserv that distributes information about planning jobs and internships.
Critical Paths Through the M.U.P. Program
The following section a suggested course plan for students in the MUP program. (For a printer-friendly version of these requirements, please download a copy of Critical Paths [.pdf] last updated November 13, 2013,).
The program leading to the degree of Master of Urban Planning consists of 48 semester units of coursework, normally requiring the equivalent of two years full-time graduate study to complete. Below is a suggested set of scenarios for a:
**Please note that core course offerings occasionally change, so the department cannot guarantee that all course classes will be offered in the semesters shown here. Detailed information about our courses, including current and past syllabi, and information about course learning objectives for our core classes can be found on our courses page.**
Two-Year Program, Entering Fall
|Year 1, Fall||Year 1, Spring||Year 2, Fall||Year 2, Spring|
|200 or 225||200 or 225||201 (8 units)||298B (3 units)|
|204||236||241 (2 units)||Elective|
|275G (1 unit)||297P (1 unit)||298A (3 units)||Elective|
Three-Year Program, Entering Fall
|Year 1, Fall||Year 1, Spring||Year 2, Fall||Year 2, Spring||Year 3, Fall||Year 3, Spring|
|200 or 225||200 or 225||Elective||236||201 (6 units)||298B (3 units)|
|275G (1 unit)||Elective||241 (2units)||Elective||298A (3 units)||Elective|
|204||297P (1 unit)|
Four-Year Program, Entering Fall
|Year 1, Fall||Year 1, Spring||Year 2, Fall||Year 2, Spring||Year 3, Fall||Year 3, Spring||Year 4, Fall||Year 4, Spring|
|200 or 225||200 or 225||204||Elective||201 (6 units)||236||298A (3 units)||298B (3 units)|
|275G||Elective||Elective||241 (2 units)||297P (1 unit)||Elective|
Two-Year Program, Entering Spring
|Year 1, Spring||Year 1, Fall||Year 2, Spring||Year 2, Fall|
|200 or 225||200 or 225||236||201 (6 units)|
|204||Elective||Elective||241 (2 units)
|275G (1 unit)||297P (1 unit)||298A (3 units)||298B (3 units)|
Three-Year Program, Entering Spring
|Year 1, Spring||Year 1, Fall||Year 2, Spring||Year 2, Fall||Year 3, Spring||Year 3, Fall|
|200 or 225||200 or 225||Elective||236||Elective||298B (3 units)|
|275G (1 unit)||204 or Elective||241 (2units)||Elective||298A (3 units)||201 (6 units)|
|204 or Elective||297P (1 unit)|
Four-Year Program, Entering Spring
|Year 1, Spring||Year 1, Fall||Year 2, Spring||Year 2, Fall||Year 3, Spring||Year 3, Fall||Year 4, Spring||Year 4, Fall|
|200 or 225||200 or 225||204||201 (6 units)
||Elective||236||298A (3 units)||298B (3 units)|
|275G||Elective||Elective||241 (2 units)||297P (1 unit)||Elective|