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Graduate Catalog 2016/2017

Urban and Regional Planning (URP)

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Master of Urban & Reg Planning (M.U.R.P.)
CIP Code: 04.0301
College of Arts and Sciences (AS)
Total Minimum Program Hours Required (Post Bachelor's Degree): 48

Contact Information:
College of Arts and Sciences
School of Public Affairs Department (SPF)
4202 E. Fowler Avenue SOC107
Tampa FL  33620

Program Director or Coordinator:
Mark Hafen
Phone: 813-974-7982


Faculty Search: Arts and Sciences Faculty List

Program Information

The goal of the program is to train students to become planning practitioners capable of working in a variety of public, nonprofit, and private sector environments in a number of different fields. Graduates of this program will go on to play a vital role addressing the planning and public policy challenges in our region and beyond.

The program recognizes the need for effective planners to possess diverse skills in the planning and management of human settlements. Accordingly, the MURP core coursework includes thematically-related courses in land use planning, research methods, quantitative analysis, planning theory and history, planning politics and policies, community and economic development, and geographic information systems (GIS). Students have the option of enrolling in electives that focus on housing & community development, land use planning, local economic development, GIS, international development, coastal zone management, housing & community development, environmental and natural resources planning, and transportation planning. These areas of specialization build on the strengths of existing faculty in our sister-program in Public Administration, as well as with colleagues and facilities across the university. The program is thus distinct in its flexibility. Graduates of the program will be able to:

  1. Engage in policy-related research relevant to urban and regional issues
  2. Assume positions of leadership public, private and nonprofit organizations engaged in planning, land use, and public policy
  3. Further public discourse on the problems confronting cities and regions
  4. Utilize communications and technical skills to become successful at all levels of the planning profession.

Accreditation Information:

Accredited by the Commission on Colleges of the Southern Association of College and Schools.


Admissions Information

Admission Deadlines

There is an established University deadline for the submission of admission application materials. Programs may have earlier deadlines than the University deadline. The deadlines reflected below are the earliest of the two deadlines. Graduate Programs may continue to accept and process applications after the published deadline if space exists within the program. Check with the Program for availability.

Application Deadline (domestic application)

Fall: March 1
Spring: October 15
Summer: ---

International Students

Foreign applicants who are outside the U.S. are required to apply for a visa. Depending on the country of origin, this may take a few months. So the deadlines for these international applicants may be earlier than the Program deadline and these applicants must apply prior to both deadlines. They are strongly encouraged to apply as early as possible. Foreign applicants who are in the U.S. and are currently on a visa may use the domestic application deadline dates. In addition to meeting the published application deadline for the Program of interest, all immigration documents should be submitted as soon as possible, but must be on file at USF no later than the following processing deadlines:

Fall: March 1
Spring: September 15
Summer: ---

Admission Requirements

You must comply with general University policies and meet general University Admission requirements in addition to those listed below.

Must meet University requirements (see Graduate Admissions) as well as requirements listed below.

Program Admission Requirements
Students must have/submit the following:

  • BA/BS in any field with a GPA of 3.00 or higher on a 4-point scale (overall or on last 60 hours of undergraduate work);
  • Two letters of recommendation (one from a faculty member if BS/BA, in last 5 years);
  • A “letter of intent” explaining your background and interest in Urban and Regional Planning
  • GRE is required with preferred minimum scores of 153 Verbal (59th percentile) and 144 Quantitative (18th percentile.) However, the MURP program will waive the GRE requirement if the student meets at least one of the following criteria:
    • A completed master’s degree from a regionally accredited institution
    • A 3.25 or higher GPA in upper division undergraduate work from a regionally accredited institution
    • A doctorate (including professional degrees such as the JD and MD) from a regionally accredited institution.
  • All Students not meeting one of the above criteria will be considered for conditional admission based on the following criteria:
    • A preferred minimum score of 153 Verbal and 144 Quantitative) on the GRE
    • An academic writing sample
    • Three written letters of recommendation, with at least one from a faculty member familiar with the applicant’s academic performance and potential. Should the applicant be unable to provide the letter from a former professor, with the Director’s approval, letters from other sources will be accepted.

Conditional admission status will be converted to regular status upon completion of three courses from the MURP core requirements with a GPA of 3.50 or above.

1. A satisfactory score on the TOEFL (79 on the Internet-based test and 550 on the paper-based test) may be required for the natives of non-English speaking countries.
2. All applicants asre required to write a statement describing their purpose and goals in the MURP statements.

Admissions Status: Apply


Program Degree Requirements

Total Minimum Program Hours: 48 hours

Core Requirement 27 hours

Foundational Core Courses
URP 6058 Community Development Planning (3)
URP 6100 Planning, Theory, and History (3)
URP 6115 Planning, Policy, and Politics (3)
URP 6316 Land Use Planning (3_
URP 6549 Urban and Metropolitan Economic Development (3)

Analytical Methods Core Courses
URP 6232 Research Methods for Urban and Regional Planning (3)
PAD 6703 Quantitative Aids for Public Managers (3)

Planning Practice & Techniques Core Courses
GIS 5049 GIS for non-majors (3)
URP 6940Urban Planning Internship (3)
*required for students without 5 or more years of relevant planning experience

Electives - 15-21hours minimum
(21 hours required for non-thesis option; 15 hours for thesis option)

The rest of the required coursework allows the URP student an opportunity to Explore one or more fields of urban & regional planning through approved electives within and outside the School of Public Affairs. Depending on personal interest, students may choose course work in the following areas:

  • Housing & Community Development;
  • Environmental & Natural Resource Policy;
  • Geographic Information Sciences;
  • Globalization & International Development Planning;
  • Transportation Planning.

Comprehensive Exam
This is the default option for the MURP program. All MURP Students are required to take this examination at the end of, or during, the last semester of the program coursework. The examination is waived for students who elect, with the approval of the program director, to pursue the thesis option. (See below for more on the thesis option)

Non?thesis students must complete all of the 27 hour core, 21 elective credits.

Thesis - 6 hours minimum
URP 6971 Thesis (6)
Students approved to pursue this option must complete all of the 27 core credits, 15 elective credits, and a minimum of 6 credit hours of thesis. The thesis must be completed and approved for the credit to be received.

Internship - 3 hours
URP 6940 Internship in Urban and Regional Planning (3)
All MURP students are required to complete at least 180 hours of work in a planning agency to earn the 3 credit hours stipulated as part of the core requirements above. . This requirement is waived for students with at least 5 years of relevant planning experience.

College Degree Requirements

Refer to the College Section of theGraduate Catalog for College requirements and information.


USF Degree Requirements

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Registration Process

First, contact your graduate program advisor for guidance courses to register for. Obtain any electronic course permit if necessary. Register for the new student orientation online at Then go to the link to OASIS, USF's on-line registration system to register for your classes. Follow the directions given on-line.

To access online course materials, students must have a USF NetID (e-mail account). Please visit: to obtain your NetID.

New students, including those studying online, may obtain a USFCard. Please visit: to obtain your USFCard.

Tuition and fees: Fees are determined by the level of the course. Please visit Cash Accounting, Controller's Office, for information on tuition and fees.


Graduate Course Information

Use the list below to lookup graduate courses related to this program in the USF Course Inventory:

URP6100, URP6xxx, URP6xxx, URP6766, URP6xxx, URP6xxx, URP6115, ANG5488, ANG6447, ANG6448, ANG6465, ANG6766, ARC6397, AR5931, ECO6505, ECO6525, ECP6614, ECP6624, GEO5177, GEO6166, GEO6159, GEO6178, GEO6345, GEO6605, GEO6704, POS5159, PAD5333, PAD5807, PAD6336, PHC6120, SYA6475, SYA6440, ,