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Accreditation and Public Information

The Master of Urban and Regional Planning degree is fully accredited by the Planning Accreditation Board.

The Master of Urban Planning (MUP) degree program of study is fully accredited by the Planning Accreditation Board. The Planning Accreditation Board (PAB) accredits university programs in North America leading to bachelors and masters degrees in planning. The accreditation process is based on standards approved by the PAB and its sponsoring organizations: the American Planning Association (APA); the American Institute of Certified Planners (AICP) (the professional planners' institute within the American Planning Association); and the Association of Collegiate Schools of Planning (ACSP).

The University of Michigan's Urban and Regional Planning Program was last reaccredited in 2015. Accreditation was granted for the maximum allowable period, seven years, running through December 31st, 2022.

The PAB requires that the following information be made available to the general public.

Cost of Attendance

Estimated Cost of Attendance for 2016-17.

Rackham Graduate School Degree

  Michigan residents Non-Residents International
Fall + Winter Tuition $27,713 $43,276 $43,276
Mandatory Fees (2 Full Terms) $328 $328 $328
Books & Supplies $1,200 $1,200 $1,200
Living $20,400 $20,400 $20,400
Health Insurance     $1,485
Total $49,641 $65,204 $66,689

See also Rackham estimated dependent expenses. Tuition and fees are subject to change without notice by the Regents of the University.

* Please check the University of Michigan Registrar's Office website for current tuition figures. The Registrar's Office is the authoritative source of tuition information for the University.

For more information about costs and payment, please see this web page for details.

Student Matriculation, Retention, and Graduation Rates

The number of Master of Urban Planning (MUP) degrees conferred annually for the past five years were as follows (within the calendar year):

2013: 56
2014: 57
2015: 64
2016: 44

The following table presents the matriculation and graduation rates (within four years of enrolling) for the entering classes of 2013 through 2016, including dual degree and MUP-only students. Roughly 10% to 20% of each class includes students pursuing dual degree programs of study. Most MUP-only students complete their program of study within two years, although those undertaking dual degree programs typically take three to four years. Students not graduating within four years have generally left the program for other endeavors.

Student Matriculation Retention and Graduation Rate

Academic Year
# New Students Admitted who Fulltime
Dual Degree
Graduation rates  
Graduation Rate 2-year Fulltime  
Dual Degree
Graduation Rate 3-year Fulltime    
Dual Degree
Graduation Rate 4-year Fulltime      
Dual Degree

Employment Rate

The employment rate measures the percentage of University of Michigan Urban Planning graduates who obtain planning positions within one year of graduation. Employment rates for graduates from graduating years 2012 through 2015 are presented in the table below. Planning or planning-related jobs included, for example: Municipal Planner, Consulting Planner, GIS Analyst, and Housing Development Manager, Presidential Management Fellow at United States Department of Housing and Urban Development, and similar titles.


Graduate Employment – Employment Rates within 1 Year of Graduation – 2012 through 2015*
Graduation Year 2012 2013 2014 2015
Percentage of graduates employed within 1 year of graduation in a professional planning job 38% 53% 62% 61%
Percentage of graduates employed within 1 year of graduation in a planning-related job 52% 40% 20% 31%
Combined percentage of graduates employed within 1 year of graduation in a professional planning or planning-related job 90% 93% 82% 92%
Percentage of graduates not employed in a planning or a planning-related job 2% 0% 8% 6%
Graduates pursuing further education 8% 7% 10% 2%
* Percentages provided are estimates based on responses to 1-year-out surveys of graduates of the program. Survey response rates for these years ranged from 50% to 83% of graduates surveyed.

AICP Exam Pass Rate

The following table presents a summary of the AICP exam pass rates for MUP graduates between the graduating years of 2010 and 2013.

MUP Graduates Taking and Passing the AICP Exam within 3 Years Following Graduation
Graduation Year Take Pass Pass Rate
2010 2 3 100%
2011 2 2 100%
2012 3 3 100%
2013 4 4 100%

Student Achievement

For more information about student achievement, please see this web page for details.