The Planning Accreditation Board requires this information be posted for the University of Colorado Denver Master of Urban and Regional Planning program.
A key element of the mission of the MURP program is to “teach our students the knowledge, skills and values they need to be confident, principled, and visionary planners, using Colorado as our classroom to engage students in real-world, experiential learning.”
In the semester before graduation, MURP students complete a Capstone project—a professional project for a real client. This project, conducted about a topic and for a client of the student’s own choosing, represents the culmination of our students’ academic careers and highlights their unique areas of interest and the skill set they gained through their self-directed elective curriculum. Evaluation by the clients, and by the students themselves, demonstrates the degree to which we have successfully achieved our mission.
|Learning Outcome||% Clients Who Rated Their Capstone Student as “Outstanding” or “Above Average”|
|Quantitative and Qualitative Methods||92%|
|Plan Creation and Implementation||85%|
|Planning Process Methods||89%|
|Professional Ethics and Responsibility||79%|
|Governance and Participation||100%|
|Growth and Development||89%|
|Sustainability and Environmental Quality||100%|
Our flexible schedule and self-directed curriculum allow our students to work part-time in professional jobs or internships during the academic year. Additionally, non-resident students are eligible for residency after one year of living in Colorado (see our Colorado Residency page for more information.)
We are a member of the Western Interstate Commission for Higher Education's Western Regional Graduate Program (WICHE-WRGP), which allows any student who is a resident of one of the 15 western member states to qualify for Colorado resident tuition for their entire time in the MURP program. For more information, see the official WICHE-WRGP webpage.
Our graduates perform extremely well on the American Institute of Certified Planners (AICP) licensing exam. From 2004-14 (the most current data available), MURP program graduates:
[Source: www.planning.org/certification/passrates (accessed September 12, 2017)]
In 2012, the MURP Program developed a new vision and Strategic Plan. Please review the plan found here, but note that specific references to courses, programs, policies, centers, and other elements found in the Strategic Plan may no longer be current as their names or descriptions may have changed in our ongoing process of implementing the plan’s goals and objectives. The program is updating its strategic plan during the 2019-20 academic year.