Public Information: Masters in Urban and Regional Planning - 2021

The Urban & Regional Planning Program at Michigan State University was established in 1946 and offers a Bachelor of Science in Urban and Regional Planning and a Master of Urban and Regional Planning.

The Program provides a broad education at the undergraduate and graduate levels, with particular expertise in community development, environment and sustainability, real estate and housing, economic development, and transportation. Faculty members have strong academic and professional backgrounds, offering a diverse range of perspectives on the practice of planning. The Program adopts a global focus and provides several international opportunities for students to study abroad, and to work with international students and faculty visiting the Program.

Student Achievement

The program measures student learning and achievement through direct (tests, capstone projects, rubrics, employer ratings, scores and pass rates on licensure exams) and indirect (course grades, surveys, student self- ratings, alumni satisfaction with learning) assessment methods. Our expectation is that upon graduation, students demonstrate mastery in knowledge, skills and values of the planning profession preparing them for an entry-level position.

The first measure is an objective evaluation by faculty members through the rubric systems, assessing the Program's Culminating Experience with emphasis on knowledgeskills, attitudes, competencies, and habits of mind. This evaluation tool has four levels, with LEVEL I being a beginner in learning about the planning profession and LEVEL IV mastering knowledgeskills, attitudes, competencies, and habits of mind of the planning profession.

Graduate Progress to Mastery Level upon Graduation (2020)

 Mastery Type

LEVEL I

LEVEL II

LEVEL III

LEVEL IV

Ethically-driven team leader

0%

13%

20%

67%

Innovative thinker

0%

14%

24%

62%

Skillful professional

0%

0%

50%

50%

Knowledgeable planning practitioner

0%

0%

40%

60%

Policy-oriented learner

0%

0%

9%

91%

Note: N=5 

The second measure is feedback from our capstone clients, who are qualified external sources that provide specific information about our program learning outcomes. Planning practicum is the capstone project in our curriculum and the final milestone in our student's development. As our students apply their knowledge, skills and values to real world examples, they are evaluated by external stakeholders.

Evaluation of Mastery of the Planning Profession through Capstone Client (2020)

Capstone Course

Weak

Acceptable

Semi professional

Professional

Quality of research

0%

0%

10%

90%

Visual presentation

0%

0%

20%

80%

Public speaking and professionalism

0%

0%

24%

76%

Note: N=19; the capstone is taught jointly with undergraduate and graduate students

2020-2021 Tuition and Fees

Resident Type

Tuition/Fees Total

In State Residents, per full-time academic year

$14,187

Out of State Residents, per full-time academic year

$27,835

Student Retention Rate

Type

Percentage

Percentage of students who began studies in fall 2019 and continued into fall 2020

100%

Student Graduation Rate

Type

Percentage

Percentage of students graduating within 4 years, entering class of 2016

80%

Number of Degrees Awarded

Type

Number

Number of degrees awarded for 2019-2020 Academic Year

6

AICP Certification

Type

Percentage

Percentage of master’s graduates taking the AICP exam within 5 years who pass, graduating class of 2015

75%

Employment

Type

Percentage

Percentage of full-time graduates obtaining professional planning, planning-related, or other positions within 12 months of graduation, graduating class of 2019

100%