Urban and Regional Planning

Details

Master of Urban Planning
Admits Fall term. Deadline for application is January 15. Three letters of recommendation, statement of purpose, personal statement, and GRE required. TOEFL is required of ALL international applicants. For further information regarding concentrations, fellowships, assistantships, and sources of financial aid, see the department website or contact the department.
Please use the following information when completing the application:
Code: 01909; Academic Program: Urban and Regional Planning; M.U.P.

Ph.D. in Urban and Regional Planning
Admits Fall term. Deadline for application is January 15. Three letters of recommendation, statement of purpose, personal statement, and GRE required.  TOEFL is required of ALL international applicants.  For further information regarding area of specializations, fellowships, assistantships, and sources of financial aid, see the department website or contact the department.
Please use the following information when completing the application:
Code: 01857; Academic Program: Urban and Regional Planning; Ph.D.

Graduate Certificate in Real Estate Development
Admits Fall and Winter terms.
Current UM students: March 1 recommended for fall term, but applications will be considered through June 30; December 1 for winter term. Note that admissions decisions will not be made until final grades from at least one term of study at UM are recorded.
Non-UM applicants: January 15 for fall term. Applications may be accepted for winter term depending on availability of space; please contact the program at realestate@umich.edu to determine whether the program is accepting applications. If admissions are open, the due date for applications is November 1 for winter term admission.
Please use the following information when completing the application:
Code: 01772; Academic Program: Real Estate Development; Certificate

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Faculty

Interim Dean: Robert Fishman

Chair: Professor Richard Norton

Professors: Barry Checkoway, Margaret Dewar, Robert Fishman, Douglas Kelbaugh, Jonathan Levine, Martin Murray, Richard Norton, June Manning Thomas

Associate Professors: Scott Campbell, Lan Deng, Joe Grengs, Larissa Larsen, Matthew Lassiter, David Thatcher

Assistant Professors: Maria Arquero, Harley Etienne, Robert Goodspeed, Lesli Hoey, Ana Paula Pimentel-Walker

Professors Emeritus: Beckley, Crane, Duke, Feldt, Grosse, Lax, Marans, Nystuen, Rycus, Snyder, Steiss, and Warner

Lecturers: Peter Allen, Philip D’Anieri, Eric Dueweke, Paul Fontaine, Jeffrey Kahan, Julie Stieff

Affiliate Faculty: Professors: Sandra Danziger (Social Work; Public Policy), Ronald Inglehart (Political Science; ISR), Joan Nassauer (Natural Resources & Environment), Larry Root (Social Work; ILIR), and Carl Simon (Economics, Math; Public Policy)

Adjunct Professor: Lidia Kostyniuk (University of Michigan Transportation Research Institute)

Director of Admissions: Wendy Rampson

Degree Programs

Interdepartmental Degree Programs

Faculty of the program participate in the following interdepartmental degree programs:

Degree Programs of the Department

In addition to the specific requirements listed below, see the Master's Degrees and Doctoral Degrees sections of the Rackham Graduate School Academic Policies.


Master of Urban Planning

Admission: The urban planning faculty, in evaluating an applicant's record, will consider professional experience, if any; pattern of undergraduate performance; three letters of recommendation; career objectives; evidence of academic abilities; and potential for professional development. The Graduate Record Examination test scores are required for all applicants.

Minimum Number of Credits Required: 48 credit hours.

Specific Course Requirements: Students should have at least one undergraduate course in both statistics and economics, or elect those graduate level courses while enrolled. Students take an average of six required courses and elect one of five concentrations.

The five possible concentrations include:

  • Land Use and Environmental Planning
  • Global and Comparative Planning
  • Physical Planning and Design
  • Transportation Planning
  • Housing Community and Economic Development

Thesis or Research Essay: A "capstone" individual or group professional project OR a thesis is required.

Final Examination: None.


Formal Rackham Dual Degree Programs

M.Arch/M.U.P.

The M.U.P./M.Arch. Dual Degree is a formally structured dual degree to develop highly qualified professionals capable of combining architecture and urban planning to work effectively in the professional fields of architecture, urban development, and community development planning. It equips students with a broad range of skills and particular expertise related to the design and planning of the built environment.

Graduates with a dual degree in architecture and urban and regional planning are able to work both in the private sector and with a wide range of public agencies and non-profit organizations. The program combines the two-year/60 credit hour M.Arch. degree with the two-year/48 credit hour M.U.P. degree, resulting in a three-year/84 credit hour program.

For Further Dual/ Degree Information click here.

M.B.A./M.U.P.

The Urban and Regional Planning Program and the Stephen M. Ross School of Business offer a formally structured dual degree program that enables qualified students to pursue concurrent work in business administration and urban and regional planning, leading to the Master of Business Administration (M.B.A.) and Master of Urban Planning (M.U.P.) degrees. Students can complete all requirements for both degrees within six semesters of full-time study.

The dual degree program is for students who want to go into urban real estate development, management of urban operations, or urban economic revitalization in the United States and elsewhere in the world.

The dual degree program is designed to educate developers interested in making urban areas better places to live, managers fascinated with the prospect of making city agencies perform, and leaders engaged in bringing more economic activity to transform areas that need jobs and tax base the most. In the Business School students normally choose a concentration in real estate finance, corporate strategy, entrepreneurship, or organizational behavior and human resources. In the Urban and Regional Planning Program, students in the dual degree program often concentrate in housing and community development, transportation, economic development, or international development.

For Further Dual Degree Information click here

J.D./M.U.P.

The planning/law graduate degree is a formally structured dual degree that enables qualified students to pursue concurrent work in law and urban and regional planning, leading to doctor of jurisprudence (J.D.) and master of urban planning (M.U.P.) degrees. Students can complete all requirements for both degrees within eight semesters of full-time study.

The dual degree program is for students who want to focus on concerns that intersect both law and urban and regional planning. These areas of common interest include community development, real estate development, land use planning and regulation, environmental planning and regulation, and legislative work related to housing, land use, economic development, taxation, transportation, immigration, and other topics.

For Further Dual Degree Information click here

M.S./M.U.P.

The Urban and Regional Planning Program (URP), Taubman College of Architecture and Urban Planning, and the School of Natural Resources and Environment (SNRE) offer a formal dual degree program that enables qualified students to pursue concurrent work in natural resources and environmental management and urban and regional planning, leading to the Master of Science (M.S.) in NRE degree from SNRE and the Master of Urban Planning (M.U.P.) degree from Taubman College. Students would be able to complete all requirements for both degrees within six semesters of full-time study.

For Further Dual Degree Information click here

Common Student-Initiated Dual Degrees

Self-initiated dual degree programs can be developed when that is the most appropriate way to prepare a student for his/her career.  In recent years, students have initiated their own dual degree programs in the following fields:

Landscape Architecture
Public Health
Public Policy
Social Work
Urban Design
School of Information

For Further Dual Degree Information click here


Doctor of Philosophy

Admission: : Applicants must submit an online application and official transcripts of all previous academic experience.  To qualify for admission applicants will normally possess a master's degree in urban planning or a related field (such as public policy, environmental studies, geography, architecture, etc.). Applicants with other master's degrees will be considered, as will exceptionally well-prepared applicants with a bachelor's degree.

In addition, the following items are required from applicants:

  1. Statement of Purpose: Two page statement describing the intellectual and policy challenges that you hope to address in your doctoral studies, outline the methodological skills you plan to pursue, and briefly note any tentative dissertation research topics.
  2. Personal Statement: Concise, well-written statement about how your personal background and life experiences motivated your decision to pursue a graduate degree.
  3. Letters of Recommendation: Three (3) required; letters should be from the applicant's previous professors.
  4. Examples of Work: One or several examples of relevant work by the applicant. Submissions should support the statement of purpose and clearly demonstrate research and writing abilities.
  5. Official Graduate Record Examination (GRE) score report, required by all applicants.
  6. TOEFL or MELAB language test: Foreign applicants whose native language is not English the language test with a score of 560 paper/220 computer/84 Internet or better is required. (international applicants who received degrees from U.S. institutions may waive these tests.)

Range of Enrollment: Two years of formal coursework which typically involves 24-48 credit hours before candidacy is achieved and dissertation research begins.

Course Requirements: Each student works with a faculty advisor to define an individualized plan of study that draws from courses and resources available throughout the University. While this plan of study is intended to reflect the individual's areas of interest, it is structured around the required areas of study for the degree and covers topics of analytic methods, a primary and secondary area of specialization. In addition, all students must take two theory seminars  and a year-long research seminar given by faculty in the Urban and Regional Planning Program.

Foreign Language Requirement: There is no foreign language requirement for Ph.D. students in urban planning. However, work in some areas of specialization and on certain research/dissertation topics may require knowledge of one or more foreign languages (obtained either before or during doctoral studies).

Work Experience: Each student must submit evidence of relevant work experience in any combination of teaching, non-dissertation research, or professional work in planning-related activities. Prior work experience submitted at the time of admission, experience gained while enrolled, or a combination of both, may be used.

Pre-candidacy and Candidacy: Pre-candidacy requirements include five areas:

  • Planning theory
  • Analytic methods
  • Research design
  • Primary area of specialization
  • Secondary area of specialization

Students meet these requirements through coursework and exams. A student should make every effort to advance to candidacy within two years or sooner from the date of first enrollment. For further information see the department website.

Candidate Status: After satisfactory completion of the coursework, theory & comprehensive exams, the student is recommended for candidacy to the Rackham Graduate School for final approval. Rackham candidacy requirements are described in the Doctoral Degrees section of the Rackham Graduate School Academic Policies.

Dissertation Committee:Upon successful completion of the preliminary examination, each candidate, in collaboration with his/her major professor, forms a Dissertation Committee. The dissertation shall be prepared under this committee, which is appointed by the Dean of the Rackham Graduate School on recommendation of the Urban Regional Planning Chair. For information on the Guidelines for Dissertation Committee Formation, see the Office of Academic Records & Dissertations website.

Dissertation Proposal: Students must complete a dissertation proposal that is reviewed and approved by an appropriate dissertation committee.  The oral examination of the proposal explores the feasibility of the research and ensures that the proposed research is of a scale and importance to be an acceptable dissertation. A student should make every effort to complete his or her dissertation proposal within six months of advancing to candidacy.


Graduate Certificate in Real Estate Development

The aim of the Graduate Certificate in Real Estate Development is to give students from many graduate degree programs at the university guidance in how to bring about development that has a positive effect on living environments. The certificate draws on many courses that already exist and adds new ones to fill gaps in the collection of university-wide offerings. The certificate will provide students with the knowledge to become developers (although an individual can get a job as a developer with much less knowledge than a graduate of the certificate program would have). The certificate will also equip planners, lawyers, business managers, architects, urban designers, and others to work more effectively with developers to make improvements in the urban environment.

Admission:

Current UM students: March 1 recommended for fall term, but applications will be considered through June 30; December 1 for winter term. Note that admissions decisions will not be made until final grades from at least one term of study at UM are recorded.

Non-UM applicants: January 15 for fall term. Applications may be accepted for winter term depending on availability of space; please contact the program at realestate@umich.edu to determine whether the program is accepting applications. If admissions are open, the due date for applications is November 1 for winter term admission.

Minimum Number of Credits Required: 17 credit hours

Specific Course Requirements: Graduate Certificate Core Requirements

 

Contact

Taubman College of Architecture and Urban Planning M.U.P.
University of Michigan
2150 Art and Architecture Building
2000 Bonisteel Blvd.
Ann Arbor, MI 48109-2069
Phone: (734) 764-1649
Fax: (734) 763-2322
E-mail: urp@umich.edu
Website:http://taubmancollege.umich.edu/urbanplanning/degrees/master-urban-planning


Taubman College of Architecture and Urban Planning Ph.D.
University of Michigan
2150 Art and Architecture Building
2000 Bonisteel Blvd.
Ann Arbor, MI 48109-2069
Phone: (734) 763-1275
Fax: (734) 763-2322
E-mail: urpdoc@umich.edu
Website: http://taubmancollege.umich.edu/urbanplanning/degrees/phd-urban-planning

Taubman College of Architecture and Urban Planning
Graduate Certificate in Real Estate Development
Lan Deng, Director
2150 Art and Architecture Building
2000 Bonisteel Blvd.
Ann Arbor, MI 48109-2069
Phone: (734) 936-0951
Fax: (734) 763-2322
E-mail: realestate@umich.edu
Website: http://taubmancollege.umich.edu/urbanplanning/special-programs/graduate-certificate-real-estate-development

Courses

The following courses constitute the range of approved offerings at the time of the assembly of the publication. Not all of the courses listed below are available for registration. Please see the Schedule of Classes on the Office of the Registrar's website for course offerings by term. The final authority for changes in course offerings rests with the academic departments.

Urban Planning (Subject Code: UP)
406/GEOG 406.  Intro Geo Info Sys.  Advisory pre-requisite: Introductory statistics (UP 503 or equivalent).  (3 credits)

443/ARCH 443/URP 529/ARCH 523.  Hist Urb Form.  (3 credits)

500.  Prof Prac-Pln Res.  (1 credits)

502/NRE 592/NRE 592/URP 542.  Env Pln:Iss&Concept.  (3 credits)

503/URP 504.  Intro to Statistics.  (2 credits)

504/URP 506.  Quant Plan Meth II.  Advisory pre-requisite: UP 503/Statistics course/permission of instructor  (3 credits)

505.  Fund Of Pln Prac.  (3 credits)

506/URP 520.  Intro to GIS.  Advisory pre-requisite: UP 503 or STATS equivalent  (3 credits)

507/URP 521.  Intmed Geo Info Sys.  Required pre-requisite: UP 506 or NRE 531  (3 credits)

508/URP 527.  Sustainable Food Sys.  (3 credits)

510/URP 509.  Public Economics.  (2 to 3 credits)

513/URP 502.  Legl Aspec Pln Proc.  (3 credits)

515/URP 554.  Liquid Planning.  (3 credits)

516.  Plng Represent&Com.  (4 credits)

517/FIN 517/FIN 517/URP 592.  Real Est Ess.  (3 credits)

518/URP 551.  Phys Plan Workshop.  Required pre-requisite: Urban & Regional Planning Masters  (3 credits)

519/ARCH 519.  Theories Urban Des.  Advisory pre-requisite: Graduate standing  (3 credits)

520.  Urban Land Use Plng.  (3 credits)

521.  Soc Life- Pub Spaces.  Advisory pre-requisite: Graduate standing  (3 credits)

522/URP 543.  State&Local Land Mgt.  (3 credits)

523/URP 525.  Regional Planning.  (3 credits)

524.  Land Use Plng&Dev Mg.  (3 credits)

525.  Food Systems Plng.  (3 credits)

526/ARCH 526.  Soc-Cul Iss Plan Arc.  Advisory pre-requisite: Enrollment in ARCH/UP/Landscape ARCH/permission of instructor  (3 credits)

527.  Infrastr:Us&Dev Coun.  Advisory pre-requisite: Graduate standing  (3 credits)

528/URP 523.  Participatory Plng.  (3 credits)

529.  Scenario Planning.  Advisory pre-requisite: UP 506 or NRE 531 or permission of instructor  (3 credits)

532.  Sustain&Social Chng.  (3 credits)

533/URP 553.  Sust Urban & Arch.  (3 credits)

537/URP 581.  Hsg Policy&Econ.  (3 credits)

538.  Econ Dev Plan.  (3 credits)

539/URP 585.  Methods for Econ Dev.  (3 credits)

540/URP 500.  Planning Theory.  (3 credits)

560/NRE 560/SW 710/SW 710/NRE 560/URP 544.  Behavior&Environmt.  (3 credits)

562.  Walkable Urban Place.  Advisory pre-requisite: Permission of instructor only  (1.5 credits)

563.  Special Topics in RE.  Required pre-requisite: Graduate  (1 credits)

564.  Integrative RE Sem.  Required pre-requisite: Graduate  (2 credits)

565/FIN 565.  Real Estate Dev:Fund.  Advisory pre-requisite: BA/ UP 517/Permission of instructor  (3 credits)

566.  Fin RE Development.  (3 credits)

568.  Real Est&Urban Dev.  (3 credits)

569.  Org&Mngmt in UP.  (3 credits)

570/FIN 570.  Real Estate Dev:Adv.  Advisory pre-requisite: FIN/UP 565  (1.5 credits)

572/GEOG 472.  Trans&Lnd Pl.  Required pre-requisite: UP 510, UP 503, or another course in ECON and STATS. Senior of Graduate Standing.  (3 credits)

574/URP 571.  Comp Urban Policy.  (3 credits)

575.  Metropolitan Struct.  (3 credits)

576/NRE 576.  Eco Des Brownfld Dev.  (3 credits)

589/PUBPOL 689.  Equality in Pub Pol.  (3 credits)

590/URP 600.  Expanded Horizons.  Advisory pre-requisite: Graduate Standing  (1 credits)

594.  Amer Pln 1900-2000.  (3 credits)

595/URP 524.  Prog Eval Urban Plan.  (3 credits)

598/PUBPOL 692/PUBPOL 692/URP 533.  Thinking About Crime.  Advisory pre-requisite: Permission of instructor  (3 credits)

610/URP 510.  Fiscal Planning&Mgt.  Advisory pre-requisite: Course in Microeconomics/UP 510  (2 to 3 credits)

613/ARCH 517.  Arch Pln DV.  Advisory pre-requisite: Graduate standing  (3 credits)

614.  Collaborative Plng.  (3 credits)

620/ARCH 529.  Prn&Prc Des II.  Advisory pre-requisite: UP 519/permission of instructor  (3 credits)

631/NRE 631.  Lnd Use&Phy Pln.  Advisory pre-requisite: UP 518; UP 519/permission of instructor  (3 to 6 credits)

634/URP 603.  Integrat Field Exp.  Advisory pre-requisite: UP 505  (3 to 6 credits)

650.  Adv Urban Theory.  Advisory pre-requisite: UP 540/permission of instructor  (3 credits)

651/SW 651.  Plan Org&Com Chg.  Advisory pre-requisite: SW 560/permission of instructor  (3 credits)

652/PUBPOL 652.  Think Afford Hsng.  (3 credits)

654/URP 586/SW 654/SW 654.  Conc&Tech Comm.  Advisory pre-requisite: SW 560 or permission of instructor.  (3 credits)

655/SW 655/URP 582/SW 655.  Neighborhood Plan.  (3 credits)

656.  Cnl City Pln&Com Dev.  (3 credits)

657/URP 583.  Race,Diff&Social Jus.  (3 credits)

658.  Pln Devel Countries.  (3 credits)

660.  Epist&Rsn Pln Res.  Advisory pre-requisite: Doctoral student status/permission of instructor  (3 credits)

671/URP 561.  Pub Pol&Transport.  (3 credits)

680/URP 612.  Directed Study.  Advisory pre-requisite: Permission of instructor.  (1 to 4 credits)

685/URP 613.  Directed Study.  Advisory pre-requisite: Permission of instructor/no more than 8 hrs. counted toward degree  (1 to 4 credits)

690/URP 614.  Agora Edit Board.  (2 credits)

696/URP 610.  Grad Exper Cse.  Advisory pre-requisite: Permission of instructor  (3 credits)

697/URP 611.  Grad Exper Cse.  Advisory pre-requisite: Permission of instructor  (1 to 3 credits)

733/URP 601.  Thesis.  Advisory pre-requisite: Permission of Instructor.  (3 to 6 credits)

734/URP 602.  Prof Project.  Advisory pre-requisite: permission of instructor  (3 to 6 credits)

815/URP 800.  Qual Resrch Mthds.  (3 credits)

820.  Res Cond in Research.  (1 credits)

825/URP 801.  Research Design.  (3 credits)

835.  Research Seminar.  Advisory pre-requisite: Permission of instructor  (4 credits)

990/URP 990.  PhD Diss-Precand.  Advisory pre-requisite: Election for dissertation work by doctoral student not yet admitted as a Candidate.  (1 to 8 credits)

993/URP 993/ARCH 993/ARCH 993.  Teach Meth Gsi.  Advisory pre-requisite: UP/ARCH GSI  (1 credits)

995/URP 995.  PhD Diss-Cand.  Required pre-requisite: Candidate  (4 or 8 credits)

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Program Statistics: Ph.D.

Ph.D. Admissions
Fall 2016 5 Year Average
Number of applications 72 76
Number of new doctoral students 4 3
Ph.D. Enrollment
Fall 2016 5 Year Average
Total enrollment 16 120
Female 31% 52%
Male 69% 48%
International 25% 23%
U.S. Citizen or Permanent Resident 75% 77%
Ph.D. Enrollment, U.S. Citizen or Permanent Resident, by Race
Fall 2016 5 Year Average
African American 8% 6%
Asian American 0% 5%
Hispanic (one or more races) 17% 7%
Native American 0% 0%
Pacific Islander 0% 0%
White 75% 75%
Two or more races (excludes Hispanic) 0% 4%
Not indicated 0% 3%
Ph.D. Degree
2016 5 Year Average
Number of degrees awarded 2 17
Median years to Ph.D. 4.37 6.40
Percent of students who entered the doctoral program between 2000-01 and 2004-05 and completed the Ph.D. as of August 31, 2016 71%
Percent of students who entered the doctoral program between 2005-06 and 2009-10 and completed the Ph.D. as of August 31, 2016 59%
Funding (external funding paid directly to Ph.D. students, without being disbursed by the University, is not included)
2016 5 Year Average
Enrolled Ph.D. students with tuition AND stipend support 95% 83%
Enrolled Ph.D. students with tuition OR stipend support (in many cases, students competed successfully for external funding and did not need additional financial support) 5% 14%
Enrolled Ph.D. students who received no financial support (in many cases, students competed successfully for external funding and did not need additional financial support) 0% 3%
Ph.D. Placement Data
Position type tenth year after graduation, 2003 - 2007 cohorts Position type fifth year after graduation, 2008 - 2012 cohorts Position type first year after graduation, 2012 - 2016 cohorts
Tenure-track faculty 50% 64% 24%
Postdoctoral / Traineeship / Fellowship 0% 9% 12%
Non-Tenure Track Faculty / University Researcher / University Administrator 25% 18% 6%
Business / Industry 0% 0% 12%
Other professional employment / Government / Non-Profit 17% 9% 18%
Not employed 0% 0% 12%
No data available 8% 0% 0%
Total Ph.D.s awarded 12 11 17

Program statistics are updated annually in December. Last updated December 22, 2016.

Program Statistics: Master's

Master's Admissions
Fall 2016 5 Year Average
Number of applications 205 221
Number of new master's students 37 53
Master's Enrollment
Fall 2016 5 Year Average
Total enrollment 87 100
Female 57% 56%
Male 43% 44%
International 29% 24%
U.S. Citizen or Permanent Resident 71% 76%
Master's Enrollment, U.S. Citizen or Permanent Resident, by Race
Fall 2016 5 Year Average
African American 10% 7%
Asian American 6% 6%
Hispanic (one or more races) 5% 6%
Native American 0% 0%
Pacific Islander 0% 0%
White 6% 3%
Two or more races (excludes Hispanic) 71% 74%
Not indicated 2% 4%
Master's Degree
2016 5 Year Average
Number of degrees awarded 46 60
Median years to Master's 1.65 1.65
Percent of students who entered the master's program between 2012-13 and 2013-14 and completed the Master's as of August 31, 2016 94%
Percent of students who entered the master's program between 2014-15 and 2015-16 and completed the Master's as of August 31, 2016 38%
Funding
2016 5 Year Average
Enrolled Master's students - University pays 1-25% of Tuition and Fees 29% 20%
Enrolled Master's students - University pays 26-50% of Tuition and Fees 19% 22%
Enrolled Master's students - University pays 51-75% of Tuition and Fees 8% 10%
Enrolled Master's students - University pays 76-100% of Tuition and Fees 6% 3%
Enrolled Master's students - No University support 38% 44%

Program statistics are updated annually in December. Last updated December 22, 2016.