Program Overview:

The Master of Urban Planning program trains students in the art of urban planning through a carefully constructed curriculum that balances theory and on-the-ground experiences. Through rigorous coursework, topical workshops, and a studio capstone project, students are prepared to become visionary planners in tune with the diverse needs of neighborhoods, cities, and regions around the globe. Our successful graduates are working as planners in the public, private, and non-profit sectors. Click here to meet our alumni.

Each student works closely with a faculty advisor to design a two-year curriculum plan. At the beginning of the first year, students outline their proposed curriculum plans. Students may make modifications at the end of each term, according to their changing interests. Students are encouraged to define clear academic and professional objectives. Please download the advising worksheet, which outlines the requirements listed below.

The MUP program is accredited by the Planning Accreditation Board (PAB). In accordance with PAB guidelines regarding access to outcomes-related information, please click here for a quick snapshot of the 2021-2022 public information regarding our MUP program.

Program Director: Nicholas Dagen Bloom, PhD

Curriculum/Course Requirements:

The Master of Urban Planning requires 54 credits of graduate study, 39 of which must be taken within the Urban Policy & Planning department. With the approval of the department, 15 credits may be elected from other graduate programs. The credit requirements are broken down as follows, and described in greater detail below.

The MUP Degree Requirements Worksheet is also available as a PDF.

  • Core Courses (21 Credits)
  • Areas of Concentration (12 Credits)
  • Planning Studio (6 Credits)
  • Internship (3 Credits)
  • Unrestricted Electives (12 Credits)

Core Courses (21 Credits)

Theories and Process of Urban Planning (6 Credits)

  • URBP 700 (formerly 787.04) Introduction to Planning (3 Credits)
  • URBP 701 History and Theory of Urban Planning (3 Credits)

Urban Structures (6 Credits)

  • URBG 702 Structure of the Urban Region (3 Credits)
  • URBP 719 Land Use, People & Environment (3 Credits)

Planning Methods and Information Management (9 Credits)

  • URBG 710 Urban Data Analysis (3 Credits)

and, choose two courses from:

  • URBP 712 Planning Methods of Analysis and Forecasting (3 Credits)
  • URBG 713 Introduction to Qualitative Methods (3 Credits)
  • URBP 702 Introduction to GIS for Urban Planning and Policy (3 credits) PREFERRED OPTION (Formerly URBP 787.1Y)
  • or
  • GTECH 709 GIS Mapping (3 Credits)

Planning Studio (6 Credits)

To solidify knowledge and skills gained in the core curriculum and other courses, students are required to participate in a 6-credit planning studio. This requirement is satisfied by completion of URBP 737 (6 credits) or URBP 738 (Planning Studio I, 3 credits) and URBP 739 (Planning Studio II, 3 credits), which are taken consecutively. Ordinarily students take the Planning Studio in their second year of study or after completion of at least 27 credits of work. Please visit our studio page to see the final reports from recent studio classes.

Internship (3 Credits)

Each student must complete one 3-credit internship. As interns, students may work for city, suburban or regional planning agencies, neighborhood development groups, banks, municipal housing or budgeting units, planning journals, or other groups approved by the department. For many students, field experiences have led to full-time employment in after graduation.

Unrestricted Electives (12 Credits)

Students may pursue up to 12 credits of unrestricted electives outside the department. Unrestricted electives must be urban-planning related. Students should consult with their advisor if they plan to take courses outside the department to be sure they qualify.

Areas of Concentration (12 Credits)

The MUP graduate program offers the following areas of concentration:

  • Community Planning and Advocacy
  • Sustainability and the Environment
  • Transportation and Infrastructure
  • Housing and the Built Environment (including Urban Design and Historic Preservation)
  • Economic Development
  • General Practice

Each concentration is designed to give students a working knowledge of specific foci within the field of planning. To fulfill the concentration requirement, students select four courses related to the concentration in consultation with their advisor, from the suggested list. For more detailed information and classes that can be taken for each concentration, please see page two of the MUP Degree Requirements Worksheet.

Students with special interests may create their own concentration. In developing their programs, students may combine Hunter courses with the resources of the larger City University community or other approved institutions. Some individually tailored specializations may include Education Planning and Policy, Immigration and Global Change, and Urban Information Systems.