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Master of Urban Planning (M.U.P.) program

The Planning Accreditation Board requires this information to be posted for the Master of Urban Planning Program.

The strategic plan of the Department of Urban Studies and Planning was updated in April 2016.

Student achievement

Master of urban planning students are highly qualified, diverse, and career-focused. In the fall of 2019, 21 percent of the student body was African American, mirroring the racial composition of the metro area. Most students are working in planning or planning-related jobs. Using internal metrics, students meet all 18 learning outcome requirements of the PAB (with an achievement rate of 90 percent or more). Students' own assessments of the learning outcomes through exit surveys also show that they met all the PAB learning outcomes.

A 2017-2018 survey of alumni of who graduated after 2011 from the MUP Program revealed that 95 percent reported being satisfied or highly satisfied with their education. For those who graduated between fall 2014 and winter 2018, 96 percent reported being satisfied or very satisfied with the program. Ninety-one percent reported being very satisfied or satisfied with the education they received in their chosen specialization.

The exit survey also revealed that over 90 percent of graduates obtained a planning or planning-related job within one year of graduating.

Graduates work in a variety of institutions. Of the graduates between 2011 and 2018, 30 percent worked with local governments, 7 percent with counties or regional authorities, 3 percent with state or federal agencies, 30 percent with the private sector, 27 percent with the not-for-profit sector, and 3 percent in higher education or research.

To maintain this profile of excellence, the program admits highly qualified students who show promise to be the urban leaders of tomorrow. Graduates continue to leave their mark on the profession, progressing through a series of planning and planning-related jobs in governments, the private sector, and the not-for-profit sectors in Detroit, surrounding suburbs, nationally, and Canada.

2019-2020 Tuition and fees

Classification Cost
In-state residents, per full-time academic year $12,361
Out of state residents, per full-time academic year $25,020

Student retention rate

Percentage of students who began studies in Percent
Fall 2018 and continued into fall 2019 70.0%

Student graduation rate

Percentage of students graduating within Percent
Four years, entering class fall of 2014 60%
Six years, entering class of 2014 85%

Number of degrees awarded

Academic year Degrees awarded
2018 – 2019  8

AICP Certification

Percentage of master's graduates taking the AICP exam within 5 years who pass.

Graduating class Percent
2014 100


Percentage of fulltime graduates obtaining professional planning, planning-related or other positions within 12 months of graduation.

Graduating class Percent
2018 92%