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Master of Urban and Regional Planning (MURP)

We believe that planning can change the world. Through place-based and interdisciplinary approaches, good planning promotes a just and sustainable future.

Important Dates:

Application Deadline: The Fall 2020 application is open until June 1, 2020. (11:59 pm pacific standard time) for U.S. Citizens and Permanent Residents students only.


The Master of Urban and Regional Planning (MURP) degree offers professional education in the planning field. Graduates may eventually apply their professional skills in various government agencies, private enterprises, or nonprofit organizations within a variety of subject areas.

The MURP degree, which is formally accredited through the Planning Accreditation Board, takes a broad view of the scope of urban and regional planning. The core courses, about one-third of the credits, provide a foundation for all areas of planning.

Graduate education at Michigan emphasizes the development of students' abilities to analyze, evaluate, integrate, and apply critical thinking in interdisciplinary planning processes. The course of study normally requires two years (four terms/full-time) for completion.


The Master of Urban and Regional Planning degree is an approved field of study within the U.S. government’s official STEM fields list. Practical work experience in your field of study, typically after completion of a degree for a maximum of 36 months (12 months of “regular” OPT with a 24-month extension possible). For further details regarding STEM extensions contact the International Center.

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Housing, Community, and Economic Development
Land Use and Environmental Planning
Physical Planning and Design
Transportation Planning
Global and Comparative Planning