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

Wayne State's Master of Urban Planning is a professionally oriented degree that focuses on the preparation of planners who will be employed primarily by local governments, planning consultants and community-based organizations. The degree is accredited by the Planning Accreditation Board.

Students have the opportunity to specialize in Housing and Community Development, Urban Economic Development or Managing Metropolitan Growth. Through course projects and internships, students are able to gain structured practical experience. Student projects conducted as "capstone" courses have been recognized for excellence by the Michigan Society of Planning. According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, the median pay for an urban planner in 2020 was $74,410. This number draws on data for both beginning and longer-term planners.

At a glance 🎯

  • Completion: Two years or less
  • Schedule: Flexible for working students
  • Credits: 48
  • Experiential learning and unmatched internship connections


The M.U.P. requires 48 credits. This includes 27 credits of required classes, six to 10 credits of specialization classes, and 11 to 15 credits of elective classes. Included in the 27 credits of required classes is a four-credit group capstone class, which students take toward the end of their studies. This group capstone class is usually held in the spring-summer semester.

As part of their elective classes, students can take an internship for one to three credits. They can also write a planning essay or a professional planning report for three credits. Students are not encouraged to write an essay or a professional planning report, because this usually extends the time to obtain the degree.


We currently offer the following areas of concentration within the Master of Urban Planning program:


Most M.U.P. classes are offered annually. Some are offered every other year. Classes generally meet once a week in the evenings or on Saturday mornings to permit working students to pursue their degrees. Two to three M.U.P. classes are offered each spring-summer semester, permitting students to complete the degree in a timely manner. See curriculum for information.

Career insights

This tool provides a broad overview of how major selection can lead to careers and is provided without any implied promise of employment. Some careers will require further education, skills, or competencies. Actual salaries may vary significantly between similar employers and could change by graduation, as could employment opportunities and job titles.

Outcomes and achievement

Learn more information about the student achievement outcomes for the Master of Urban Planning program.