Master of Urban and Regional Planning

Students in selected FAU undergraduate programs may participate in an accelerated program that allows completion of the MURP in less time than normally would be required. Accelerated or advanced standing programs are available for Bachelor of Architecture (BArch), Bachelor of Urban Design (BUD), and Bachelor of Urban and Regional Planning (BURP) students who satisfy the admissions requirements.

Advanced standing students are eligible to receive up to $2,000 in Pathways Scholarships from the Graduate College. For more information about the Pathways Scholarship and other sources of funding for graduate study, visit www.fau.edu/graduate/pathways.php.

For information about Graduate Assistantships in the School of Urban and Regional Planning, go to cdsi.fau.edu/surp/murp/assistantships.

BArch/MURP Advanced Standing Program

This program allows FAU Bachelor of Architecture students the opportunity to complete the MURP in less time than normally would be required after graduating with the BArch. BArch students complete up to 12 credits of MURP core courses during their senior and thesis (fourth and fifth) years; these courses count as electives toward the BArch.  The remaining 36 credits required for the MURP can be completed in as little as 15 months following graduation with the BArch.

Admission Requirements and Academic Standing

Applications to the advanced standing program may be submitted by BArch students during their senior or thesis (fourth or fifth) years of study. It is strongly recommended that students apply for admission to the advanced standing program prior to their senior year of study. Applicants must have no academic deficiencies at the time of application.

Applicants must have a minimum undergraduate FAU GPA of 3.25 in order to be admitted to the program. The GRE will be waived for students admitted into this program. Students will otherwise follow gradate application procedures, as well as departmental requirements, for admission to this program.  Students who meet the GPA requirement, provide a positive letter of support from a full-time School of Architecture faculty member, and provide a strong letter of intent will be eligible for admission.

Students must graduate with the BArch as soon as all of the requirements for that degree have been met.  Students must maintain a minimum GPA of 3.0 across all courses applied to the MURP  Both degrees require a total of 207 credits, including 159 for the undergraduate degree and 48 for the master's degree, with a maximum of 12 graduate credits in URP courses used to satisfy requirements for both degrees.

Degree Requirements

The following course schedule gives an example of how BArch students who enroll in the advanced standing MURP program could complete the requirements for that program:

Required MURP Courses
BArch Senior Year - Fall (3 credits)
History and Theory of Planning* URP 6101 3
BArch Senior Year - Spring (3 credits)
Sustainable Cities* URP 6406 3
BArch Thesis Year - Fall (3 credits)
Planning Methods* URP 6200 3
BArch Thesis Year - Spring (3 credits)
Urban Governance* URP 6115 3
Receive BArch Degree
Master's Year - First Summer (6 credits)
Planning Internship URP 6945 3
Graduate Elective   3
Master's Year - Fall (12 credits)
Urban Spatial Structure URP 6840 3
Introduction to GIS in Planning URP 6270 3
Legal Aspects of Planning URP 6131 3
Planning Workshop URP 6920 3
Master's Year - Spring (12 credits)
Site Planning** URP 6873 3
Statistics for Urban Planning URP 6211 3
Graduate Elective   3
Planning Project URP 6979 3
Master's Year - Second Summer (6 credits)
Graduate Elective   3
Graduate Elective   3
Receive MURP Degree


Notes:

* Graduate courses used as electives toward the bachelor's degree.
** BArch students with a grade of "B" or better in ARC 3374 may substitute a graduate elective for URP 6873.

BUD/MURP and BURP/MURP Advanced Standing Programs

This program allows FAU Bachelor of Urban Design and Bachelor of Urban and Regional Planning students to complete the MURP in less time than normally would be required after completing the BUD or BURP. BUD and BURP students may complete up to 12 credits of MURP core courses during their senior year; these courses count as electives toward the BUD or BURP. The remaining 36 credits required for the MURP can be completed in as little as 15 months following graduation with the BUD or BURP.

Admission Requirements and Academic Standing

Applications to the advanced standing program may be submitted by BUD or BURP students during their senior year of study. It is strongly recommended that students apply to the advanced standing program prior to their senior year of study. Applicants must have no academic deficiencies at the time of application.

Applicants must have a minimum undergraduate FAU GPA of 3.25 in order to be admitted to the program. The GRE will be waived for students admitted to this program. Students will otherwise follow graduate application procedures, as well as departmental requirements, for admission to this program. Students who meet the GPA requirement, provide a positive letter of support from a full-time School of Urban and Regional Planning faculty member, and provide a strong letter of intent will be eligible for admission.

Students must graduate with the BUD or BURP as soon as all of the requirements for that degree have been met. Students must maintain a minimum GPA of 3.0 across all courses applied to the MURP.  Both degrees require a total of 168 credits, including 120 for the undergraduate degree and 48 for the master's degree, with a maximum of 12 graduate credits in URP courses used to satisfy requirements for both degrees.

Degree Requirements

The following course schedule gives an example of how BUD and BURP students who enroll in the advanced standing MURP program could complete the requirements for that program:

Required MURP Courses
BUD or BURP Senior Year - Fall (6 credits)
History and Theory of Planning* URP 6101 3 credits
Planning Methods* URP 6200 3
BUD or BURP Senior Year - Spring (6 credits)
Graduate Elective*   3
Urban Governance* URP 6115 3
Receive BUD or BURP Degree
Master's Year - First Summer (6 credits)
Planning Internship** URP 6945 3
Graduate Elective   3
Master's Year - Fall (12 credits)
Urban Spatial Structure URP 6840 3
Introduction to GIS in Planning URP 6270 3
Legal Aspects of Planning URP 6131 3
Planning Workshop URP 6920 3
Master's Year - Spring (12 credits)
Site Planning** URP 6873 3
Statistics for Urban Planning URP 6211 3
Sustainable Cities** URP 6406 3
Planning Project URP 6979 3
Master's Year - Second Summer (6 credits)
Graduate Elective   3
Graduate Elective   3
Receive MURP Degree


Notes:

* Graduate courses used as electives toward the bachelor's degree.
** BURP students who have completed URP 4945 with a grade of "S" may substitute a Graduate Elective for URP 6945.  BURP students with a grade of "B" or better in both URP 4254 and URP 4870 may substitute a Graduate Elective for URP 6873.  BUD students with a grade of "B" or better in both ARC 3374 and URP 4254 may substitute a Graduate Elective for URP 6873.  BUD and BURP students with a grade of "B" or better in URP 4403 may substitute a Graduate Elective for URP 6406.


For any questions regarding the Master of Urban and Regional Planning degree program, please contact  Dr. Jesse Saginor  (Program Coordinator) at  jsaginor@fau.edu.

For questions about advising, please contact the College Advising Center at 561-297-3700.