Master of
Urban & Regional Planning

About

The Master of Urban and Regional Planning (MURP) is a two-year professional curriculum. The program is one of only four in the Pacific Northwest that is professionally accredited by the Planning Accreditation Board. In this program, you’ll learn how to make a difference in your community and solve real-world problems. We provide unique opportunities for those who want to play a part in shaping a better future. Our graduates succeed in finding employment both in the United States and internationally.

Measures of Student Achievement

Graduate Course Sequence


Admission Requirements

Admission requirements of the MURP program include those required Graduate Studies at EWU as well as the following:

  • Two letters of recommendation submitted through the online application process to the planning graduate advisor of the Department of Geography, Anthropology & Planning. Both letters should be from instructors familiar with your undergraduate, or where applicable, graduate academic record. In the event you have professional planning experience, letters may come from a supervisor or other person familiar with your planning work.
  • A personal letter of intent explaining why you wish to study planning and outlining your educational and career goals, also submitted via the online application tool.
  • Completion of a class in statistics prior to entry into the program or complete a course while in the program. In the latter case, the credits for the class will not be included in the 72 credits required for the degree.

Applications are submitted online through EWU’s GradCAS graduate application form. The EWU¬†Graduate Studies Office¬†collects a $75 application fee. No additional fee is charged for application to the MURP program.

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Curriculum & Requirements

Urban and Regional Planning, Master of Urban and Regional Planning (MURP)

Notes:

  • students may not count more than 5 credits in PLAN 599 in their program nor exceed 10 credits in PLAN 599 in combination with PLAN 595 Graduate Internship;
  • with the exception of those who have applied for leaves of absence, students who enroll in PLAN 601 Research Project must maintain continuous enrollment until their degree requirements are met.

Grade Requirements: the candidate for the degree of Master of Urban and Regional Planning must pass a final examination. At the time of the final examination, a student’s cumulative GPA ≥3.0. There must be no unabsolved grades <C.

Required Core Curriculum
Theory/Philosophy
PLAN 501FOUNDATIONS OF PLANNING5
PLAN 502ADVANCED COMMUNITY DEVELOPMENT5
PLAN 508REFLECTIVE PLANNING THEORY3
Administrative/Management
PLAN 500PLANNING PRACTICE2
PLAN 505PLANNING IMPLEMENTATION AND LAW5
Methods/Techniques
PLAN 503PLANNING METHODS I5
PLAN 504PLANNING METHODS II: POPULATION AND ECONOMY 5
PLAN 506PLANNING METHODS III5
Applied Synthesis
PLAN 507ADVANCED PLANNING STUDIO5
PLAN 591RESEARCH PROJECT PREPARATION1
PLAN 601RESEARCH PROJECT5
or PLAN 695 PROFESSIONAL INTERNSHIP
Degree Options–choose a specialization core and add additional electives to meet the minimum 26
Note: Students selecting a specialization must complete the core of a specialization, under advisement from their committee select the majority of their remaining electives from courses that support their area of specialization and do their research paper in the specialty area. The following list indicates the core required classes and additional classes for each specialty area.
Generalist–Required Core
LAND USE PLANNING
Additional courses–choose two of the following courses
URBAN DESIGN
COMMUNITY FACILITIES PLANNING
TRANSPORTATION PLANNING
ENVIRONMENTAL PLANNING
Tribal Planning Specialization–Required Core
AMERICAN INDIAN PLANNING
CONTEMPORARY AMERICAN INDIAN PLANNING
CENSUS DATA FOR AMERICAN INDIAN PLANNING
AMERICAN INDIAN LAW FOR PLANNERS
LAND USE PLANNING
Additional courses
ADVANCED STRATEGIC PLANNING
AMERICAN INDIAN HEALTH AND COMMUNITY
AMERICAN INDIAN HEALTH CARE SYSTEMS AND SERVICES
AMERICAN INDIAN ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT
AMERICAN INDIAN TRANSPORTATION PLANNING
AMERICAN INDIAN PLANNING STUDIO
Environmental Planning Specialization–Required Core
LAND USE PLANNING
SUSTAINABLE COMMUNITIES
ENVIRONMENTAL PLANNING
ENVIRONMENTAL REVIEW
Small Town Planning Specialization–Required Core
COMMUNITY FACILITIES PLANNING
LOCAL ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT PLANNING
LAND USE PLANNING
RURAL AND SMALL TOWN PLANNING
Additional Courses
MAIN STREET PLANNING
PLANNING IN THE WESTERN U.S.
Total Credits72

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