The Master of Urban and Regional Planning (MURP) 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 Planning Accreditation Board requires this information be posted for the Master of Urban and Regional Planning degree.
The Urban and Regional Planning Program assesses student achievement in terms of student retention and graduation rates, AICP exam pass rates, and graduate employment outcomes, including time to employment and type of employment reported below.
In addition, the program assesses student achievement in terms of student academic performance, graduate satisfaction with how well the program prepared students for practice one year, and five years after graduation, along with service to the community and profession following graduation.
Student Academic Performance:
While not applying specific benchmarks, we strive to ensure that substantial portions of our students remain in good academic standing, and are not discontinued from the program for academic reasons. Similarly, we strive to ensure that substantial portions of our students earn at least a grade of "B" on their capstone, individual professional project or thesis. Between 2009 and 2019 only one student out of 601 students admitted to the program was discontinued for academic reasons. Between 2011 and 2021, only 5 out of the 555 students who graduated from our program earned a grade of "C+" or lower on a capstone, professional project, or thesis.
Please see a list of student awards and achievements here.
2021-22 Tuition and Fees
In State Residents, per full-time academic year:
Out of State Residents, per full-time academic year:
Student Retention Rate
Percentage of students who began studies in fall 2020 and continued into fall 2021:
Student Graduation Rate
Percentage of students graduating within 4 years, entering class of 2017:
Number of Degrees Awarded
Number of degrees awarded for the 2020 - 2021 Academic Year:
Percentage of master’s graduates taking the AICP exam within 5 years who pass, graduating class of 2015:
Percentage of graduates obtaining full-time planning or planning-related employment within 12 months of graduation, graduating class of 2020:
*The employment rate and time to find position were both impacted by the hiring climate of the pandemic. The average employment rate was 94% over the previous 3 years.