The University of Michigan Master of Urban and Regional Planning (MURP) degree program is accredited by the Planning Accreditation Board (PAB). Accredited programs meet PAB standards, which are established with input from stakeholders and PAB’s sponsoring organizations: the American Planning Association (APA), the American Institute of Certified Planners (AICP), and the Association of Collegiate Schools of Planning (ACSP). The MURP program was last reaccredited in 2022, resulting in an accreditation granted through December 31, 2027. PAB requires this information be posted for the MURP program.

Student Achievement

The primary method used by the MURP program to measure student achievement is through a learning outcomes evaluation system, which the program uses to create direct and specific measures of student achievement. Our program has defined five learning outcomes:

No Learning Outcome Knowledge, Skills, and Values Category Measurement Source
1 Incorporate diverse stakeholder views and knowledge into the analysis and proposed approach to a contemporary planning issue. General Planning Knowledge Exit Project
2 Be prepared to enter professional practice in planning. General Planning Knowledge Annual Survey of MURP Graduates
3 Collect, analyze, and interpret quantitative and qualitative data from a variety of sources common to the planning profession. Planning Skills Exit Project
4 Effectively use visual, written and verbal communication techniques (including text, charts, maps, and two and three-dimensional representations) to communicate data interpretation, or illustrate proposed policies, plans, and designs. Values and Ethics Exit Project
5 Create a plan, policy, or design that contains proposals that advance social justice and/or sustainability as a key societal goal. Values and Ethics Exit Project

Learning Outcomes 1, 3, 4, and 5

As part of this system, four learning outcomes are measured through an evaluation of each individual or group Exit Project, conducted at the conclusion of each academic year. Exit Projects are required of all graduating students, and include Capstone Studios, Professional Projects, and Theses. A standard evaluation form collects ratings and comments about four learning outcomes. Each Exit Project is evaluated by three individuals: the client, an URP faculty member, and a practicing professional.

These are evaluated using the following rubric: (1) poor quality or missing, (2) meets minimum standards, but below average, (3) typical of quality produced by professional planners, (4) exceeds professional standards of quality, award worthy. Average scores received for all 2024 Exit Projects evaluated are shown below.

  2024 Exit Projects Evaluated by 31 May 2024 LO 1: Stakeholder Views LO 3: Data LO 4: Communications LO 5: Proposals
Professional Projects 4 4 3.3 3.3 3.7 3.8
Theses 1 0
Capstones 4 3 3.0 3.0 3.1 3.1

Learning Outcome 2

This learning outcome is measured through a survey administered annually among alumni one year after graduation through a question, “How satisfied are you with how well the progam prepared you for a professional position?” Responses are collected using the following scale: (4) very satisfied, (3) satisfied, (2) dissatisfied, or (1) very dissatisfied. Average scores received for this question are shown below.

MURP Graduating Class Survey Response Rate LO 2: Preparedness
2023 Will be available August 2024
2022 77% 3.3
2021 86% 3.1
2020 70% 3.2

Other Measures

The MURP program also routinely monitors other measures of student achievement, which provide complementary and indirect information about student learning. These include measures of student academic performance, student awards and fellowships, other measures from our alumni survey, and career outcomes.

Program Data

2023-2024 Tuition and Fees

In State Residents, per full-time academic year: $35,388
Out of State Residents, per full-time academic year: $51,720

Student Retention Rate

Percentage of students who began studies in fall 2022 and continued into fall 2023:
100%

Student Graduation Rate

Percentage of students graduating within 4 years, entering class of 2019
92%

Number of Degrees Awarded

Number of degrees awarded for 2022-2023 Academic Year:
47

AICP Pass Rate

Percentage of master’s graduates taking the AICP exam within 3 years who pass, graduating class of 2019:
100%

Employment

Percentage of all graduates obtaining professional planning, planning-related, or other positions within 12 months of graduation, graduating class of 2022:
93%
Note: 5% of graduates pursued continued education