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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: January 15 annually at 11:59 pm EST
Enrollment Deposit and Intent to Enroll Deadline: April 15th annually



Ranked No. 9 for urban and regional planning graduate programs by Planetizen, our Master of Urban and Regional Planning (MURP) degree prepares students to become leaders who plan for and engage with communities for the greater good. Graduates apply their knowledge and technical skills in a wide variety of settings, from private business, to social impact non-profits to public sector agencies at all levels.  



Interested in transforming our food systems to be more sustainable, just, and healthy? Consider applying to the newly established Transformative Food Systems (TFS) Fellowship within MURP at Taubman College.


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 provide a foundation for all areas of planning, and electives at both Taubman and other highly-ranked UM graduate programs provide flexibility to shape your studies to your interests.

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. When a student earns a degree in a field on the STEM fields list, he/she may be eligible for the 24-month Optional Practical Training (OPT) extension. OPT is defined as practical work experience in your field of study after completion of a degree. With a STEM degree, a student's "regular" OPT of 12 months may be extended for an additional 24 months. For further details regarding STEM extensions contact the International Center.


Taubman College Career and Professional Development offers a variety of programs, services and resources to assist students and alumni in exploring careers, securing positions and continuing skill development and management.

For additional information on career opportunities, visit our career and professional development page.


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Transportation Planning
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