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.
Client assessment of students’ professional skills and values:
|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%|
Example student responses to the question: In what ways did completing your Capstone project allow you to pursue the aspects of planning about which you’re most passionate?
2018-19 Tuition and Fees
In State Residents, per full-time academic year $ 13,134
Out of State Residents, per full-time academic year $ 34,014
We keep costs down.
Student Retention Rate
Percentage of students who began studies in fall 2017 and continued into fall 2018: 98%
Student Graduation Rate
Percentage of students graduating within 4 years, entering class of 2014: 86%
Number of Degrees Awarded
Number of degrees awarded for the 2017 - 2018 Academic Year: 40
Percentage of master’s graduates taking the AICP exam within 5 years who pass, graduating class of 2013: 100%
We have one of the highest AICP exam pass rates in the country.
Our graduates perform extremely well on the American Institute of Certified Planners (AICP) licensing exam. From 2004-14, MURP program graduates:
[Source: www.planning.org/certification/passrates (accessed September 12, 2017)]
Percentage of fulltime graduates obtaining professional planning, planning-related or other positions within 12 months of graduation, graduating class of 2017 92%
Our students graduate ready to work.
As a professional program, job preparation and placement are very important to us. Based on August 2018 research on May and August 2017 graduates (survey response rate: 76.5%), 92% are currently working in a full-time planning-related job, and 4% are pursuing higher education. 100% of survey respondents reported being satisfied or very satisfied with how well the MURP program prepared them for their current position.
The MURP Program Strategic Plan
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 2018-19 academic year.