Department of Urban and Regional Planning UF College of Design, Construction and Planning

About

The URP Program

The Department of Urban and Regional Planning offers:

  • A fifty-two credit graduate degree program leading to the degree of Master in Urban and Regional Planning (MURP) that can be earned on campus or online.
    • The campus-based program has been accredited by the Planning Accreditation Board, students typically complete the campus-based degree program in two years.
    • The online program targets practicing professionals with its flexible scheduling and sequencing of classes
  • A concentration in Urban and Regional Planning within the College of Design, Construction and Planning’s Doctor of Philosophy degree.
  • The option of completing concurrent degrees with graduate programs throughout UF, a joint degree with the Levin College of Law, a combined degree with undergraduate programs at the University of Florida, and various graduate certificates and interdisciplinary concentrations.
  • An undergraduate and a graduate minor in Urban and Regional Planning, for students interested in learning the basics of the planning profession.

History

The Department was established in 1975 in the College of Design, Construction and Planning (then called the College of Architecture). Although, the earliest courses in planning at the University of Florida were taught in the College of Agriculture’s Landscape Design program, beginning in 1927. More than 80 years later, the significant connections between landscape architecture and urban and regional planning, especially with regards to technology, sustainability, and design, would culminate in the creation of the School of Landscape Architecture and Planning.

In 1978, the Department received its first Certificate of Accreditation from the Planning Accreditation Board (PAB) of the American Institute of Certified Planners and the Association of Collegiate Schools of Planning, and was granted its sixth Certificate of Accreditation in 2012. This certificate is the highest recognition given to graduate planning programs. In the fall semester of 2012, the Department launched its online MURP.  More recently, Planetizen ranked our program 23rd in the nation and fifth in the Southeast in its 2017 list of the top planning schools.