Performance Indicators

The Planning Accreditation Board requires this information be posted for the Master of Urban Planning program.

Student Achievement

The comprehensive exam, given during the summer between the first and second years, measures student learning of key concepts and skills in the first year core courses. The comp exam is composed of two comprehensive essay questions; each question includes content from each of the core courses in an integrated planning scenario. The object of the exam is to identify areas in which individual students require further instruction. The exam is not designed to fail students or prevent students from continuing in the program
Pass rates are calculated at four stages:

  • Initial exam submission: the percent who pass the exam as submitted
  • Oral follow-up: the percent who pass following the oral follow-up, a 5-30 minute meeting with faculty in which students respond to correct or elaborate on content in the first written submission. After the oral, students may pass without needing to revise their written answers.
  • Rewrite: Rewrite the exam or portions of the exam, as needed
  • Remediation: Work independently with a faculty member to review and demonstrate mastery of specific concepts and skills showing weakness on the exam.

The pass rates at each of these stages for 2013 through 2017 are:

Exam stage Cumulative percent passing after each stage
2013 2014 2015 2016 2017
Initial submission 0% 5% 8% 0% 0%
Oral follow-up 50% 40% 50% 41% 11%
Rewrite 85% 75% 100% 88% 77%
Remediation 100% 100% NA NA* 100%
*Working full-time in 2016; elected to retake exam in 2017

Applied Planning Workshop, taken at the end of the second year of the 2-year MUP, is assessed using detailed rubrics of ten separate products or performance elements, including articulation of the problem statement, scope of work, objectives and decision criteria, public input, alternatives development, final presentation (group and individual grade), analysis presented in the final report, composition of the final report (writing, format, and illustrations), and individual contribution to the quality of work produced throughout the semester.

2017-18 Tuition and Fees
In State Residents, per full-time academic year $ 11,861
Out of State Residents, per full-time academic year $ 24,898
Student Retention Rate Percent
Percentage of students who began studies in fall 2016 and continued into fall 2017 100%
Student Graduation Rate Percent
Percentage of students graduating within 4 years, entering class of 2013 94%
Number of Degrees Awarded
Number of degrees awarded for the 2016 – 2017 Academic Year 18
AICP Certification Percent
Percentage of master’s graduates taking the AICP exam within 5 years who pass, graduating class of 2012 100%
Employment Percent
Percentage of fulltime graduates obtaining professional planning, planning-related or other positions within 12 months of graduation, graduating class of 2016 (N=14) 93%
(13 of 14)