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Master of Urban Planning

Major: URPL
Degree Awarded: MUP
Unit: GA
Program Webpage: http://louisville.edu/upa


Program Information

Fully accredited by the Planning Accreditation Board (PAB) and ranked #23 nationally according in Planning Educators in the 2012 Planetizen guide, the Master of Urban Planning Program strives to play an important role in the University of Louisville’s urban/metropolitan mission by creating the best possible learning environment for the student whose goal is to become a planning practitioner, by advancing the state of knowledge in the planning field through faculty research, and by bringing that knowledge to bear on the challenges facing the community.

The Department of Urban and Public Affairs offers a Master of Urban Planning (MUP) degree in cooperation with the Department of Geography and Geosciences. The MUP Program prepares students to work in a wide variety of fields, including land use and environmental planning, urban design, historic preservation, transportation planning, open space planning, housing planning, economic development planning, real estate development, and the development of geographic information systems. With the continuing expansion of Louisville and the nation’s other metropolitan areas, urban planning is one of the leading professional fields in terms of demand and job satisfaction, according to surveys by Jobs Rated Almanac and the Encyclopedia of Careers and Vocational Guidance.

Students can specialize in one or two of four areas: land use and environmental planning; administration of planning organizations; housing and community development; and spatial analysis for planning. Students have the opportunity to benefit from working on real planning problems through the required internship and studio courses. Studio courses are taught at the Urban Design Studio, located in downtown Louisville and operated by the MUP Program.

The degree requires 48 credit hours (two years of full-time study or the equivalent in part-time study), although up to 12 hours of relevant graduate course work may be transferred into the program. Students may enroll on a part-time or full-time basis. Classes are held in the evenings and on weekends to meet the scheduling needs of persons holding full-time jobs.

Admission Procedures

Applicants must hold a bachelor’s degree (any major is acceptable), must have taken the Graduate Record Examination (GRE), and must submit two letters of reference (at least one from someone familiar with the applicant’s academic abilities) and a statement of purpose. Admission is competitive requires  minimum scores of 144 quantitative and 153 verbal GRE and a minimum undergraduate GPA of 3.0 (B).

An application form can be obtained at the Program website. All required application materials must first be submitted to Office of Graduate Admissions. Those materials will then be forwarded to the MUP Program for review by the Admissions Committee. The program will notify the applicant of the Committee’s decision.



Curriculum


Core Courses (24)

PLAN 601 Planning Theory and History (3)

PLAN 602 Statistics for Public Affairs(3)

PLAN 603 Urban Economics (3)

PLAN 604 Applied Research Methods (3)

PLAN 605 Land Use and Planning Law (3)

PLAN 606 Professional Practice (3)

PLAN 608 (GEOG 558) Geographic Information Systems (GIS) (3)

PLAN 636 Site Planning (3)

One Specialty Area (listed below) (9)

Other Electives (9)

PLAN 649 Planning Internship (3)

PLAN 650 Capstone (3)

Minimum Total Hours (48)

Specializations

The courses available for each specialization are as follows.  Elective and advanced course work includes 9 credits in an area of specialization (with 3 credits being one required class for the specialization,  marked with *** in bold letters below, eg PLAN 607 Land Use Planning for the Land Use and Environmental Planning Specialization) Other courses not listed below may be substituted with the permission of the Program Director.

Specialization in Land Use and Environmental Planning
Three courses (nine (9) credit hours) from the following:

PLAN 501 Urban Environmental Quality (3)

PLAN 607 Land Use and Environmental Planning (3)*** (Required for Specialization)

PLAN 608 (GEOG 558) Geographic Information Systems (3)

PLAN 612 Mediation and Dispute Resolution (3)

PLAN 620 Environmental Policy (3)

PLAN 621 Urban Infrastructure (3)

PLAN 622 Urban Design (3)

PLAN 623 Environmental Policy and Natural Hazards (3)

PLAN 624 Urban Transportation Planning (3)

PLAN 635 Comparative Urban Development (3)

PLAN 651 Urban Design Studio (3)

PLAN 652 Neighborhood Planning Studio (3)

PLAN 680 Urban Environment and Sustainability

Specialization in Administration of Planning Organizations
Three courses (nine (9) credit hours) from the following:

PADM 608 e-Government (3)

PADM 612 Non-profit Grantsmanship (3)

PLAN 609 Public Budgeting and Finance (3)*** (Required for Specialization)

PLAN 610 Strategic Management and Planning (3)

PLAN 611 Human Resources Management (3)

PLAN 612 Mediation and Dispute Resolution (3)

PLAN 613 Public Administration and Organizational Theory (3)

Specialization in Spatial Analysis for Planning
Three courses (nine (9) credit hours) from the following:

PLAN 614 Retail Site Analysis (3)

PLAN 615 Spatial Statistics (3)

PLAN 616 Analytical Urban Geography (3)

PLAN 618 Urban Demography (3)

PLAN 619 Urban Geographic Information Systems Applications (3)*** (Required for Specialization)

PLAN 621 Urban Infrastructure (3)

PLAN 624 Urban Transportation Planning (3)

PLAN 628 Economic Conditions and Forecasting (3)

Specialization in Housing and Community Development
Three courses (nine (9) credit hours) from the following:

PLAN 614 Retail Site Analysis (3)

PLAN 617 Housing and Community Development (3)*** (Required for Specialization)

PLAN 621 Urban Infrastructure (3)

PLAN 622 Urban Design (3)

PLAN 625 Historic Preservation (3)

PLAN 626 Economic Development (3)

PLAN 631 Real Estate Principles (3)

PLAN 633 Real Estate Development (3)

PLAN 635 Comparative Urban Development (3)

PLAN 637 Netherlands: Planning and Policy (3)

PLAN 651 Urban Design Studio (3)

PLAN 652 Neighborhood Planning Studio (3)

Juris Doctor/Master of Urban Planning Dual Degree Program

The Brandeis School of Law will allow students in the dual degree program to apply nine (9) credit hours of approved courses in urban planning as electives toward the JD degree. The Brandeis School of Law will accept each of these urban planning courses on a pass/fail basis, provided that the student earn at least a “B” (3.0) in the course. The following MUP courses are approved to be counted as electives toward the JD degree:

PLAN 601 Planning Theory and History

PLAN 501 Urban Environmental Quality

PLAN 607 Land Use Planning

PLAN 612 Mediation and Dispute Resolution

PLAN 620 Environmental Policy

PLAN 609 Public Budgeting and Finance

PLAN 611 Human Resources Management

PLAN 613 Public Administration & Organizational Behavior

PLAN 608 Geographic Information Systems

PLAN 621 Urban Infrastructure

PLAN 624 Urban Transportation Planning

PLAN 617 Housing & Community Development

PLAN 625 Historic Preservation

PLAN 631 Real Estate Principles

PLAN 633 Real Estate Development

Any other MUP course approved by the Associate Dean of Student Life at the Brandeis School of Law, upon individual petition by a dual-degree student.

The urban planning program will allow students in the dual degree program to apply nine (9) credit hours of approved courses in law as electives toward the MUP degree. The urban planning program will accept each of these law courses on a pass/fail basis, provided that the student earn at least a “C” (2.0) in the course. The following JD courses are approved to be counted as electives toward the MUP degree:

• Administrative Law
• Energy Law
• Environmental Law
• Constitutional Law II
• Property II
• Real Estate Transactions
• Water Resources Law & Policy
• Any other JD course approved by the Director of the MUP Program in the School of Urban & Public Affairs, upon individual petition by a dual degree student.

In addition to the above cross-application of urban planning credits toward the JD degree and of law credits toward the MUP degree, students in the dual degree program shall be required to take “Land Use and Planning Law,” a 3-credit interdisciplinary course cross-listed in both law and urban planning. Land Use and Planning Law shall count as a three-credit graded elective toward the JD degree, and likewise shall count as a three-credit graded elective toward the MUP degree. To receive MUP credit, the student must earn at least a “B” (3.0) in the course.

Master of Urban Planning (MUP)/ Master of Public Health (MPH) MUP/MPH

The Dual Master of Urban Planning-Master of Public Health Program (MUP-MPH program) is designed to graduate students with core competencies in both urban planning and public health. Graduates of the program receive two degrees: Master of Urban Planning and Master of Public Health.

Graduates of the MUP-MPH program are prepared for positions relating to public health and the built environment, including urban form/design and health, urban public health planning and development, and urban “green” sustainability and health planning and policy.

The MUP-MPH program is a collaboration of the MUP program in the Department of Urban and admission to the MUP-MPH program requires separate admissions to each of the MUP program and the MPH program. This includes two separate graduate education applications.

Coursework Required for Dual Degree

72 total credit-hours:

62 credit-hours of required coursework

24 credit hours of MPH core coursework

24 credit hours of MUP core coursework

(6 credit hours of combined public health and urban planning core coursework)

6 credit hours of combined MPH practicum and MUP internship experience

9 credit hours of MPH specialization coursework

9 credit-hours of elective coursework in public health and urban planning

Core Courses in Public Health

Intro to Public Health Practice and Administration

Intro to Biostatics

Intro to Epidemiology

Issues in Public Health

Into to Environmental Health Services

Intro to Health Behavior

Critical Thinking and Program Evaluation

Electives in Public Health

Global Issues in Environmental Health

Managing Healthy Communities

Public Health and the Built Environment

Graduate Certificate in Real Estate Development (GCRED) Program

The Department of Urban and Public Affairs offers a Graduate Certificate in Real Estate Development designed to equip graduates with the skills needed to make better real estate decisions with respect to investment considerations and site analysis and planning. The program will be particularly attractive to planning students desiring to work in the private sector; however, the program will also be appealing to students enrolled in other graduate programs at the university or who wish to complete the GCRED on a stand alone basis. The program may be completed in conjunction with the Master of Urban Planning program without the need to take any additional course work beyond what is required for the MUP program. For MUP students, the GCRED courses satisfy the requirements for the specialization in Housing and Community development. The program requires 18 credit hours, and may be completed in one year as a full-time student or up to four years as a part-time student.

Admission

Applicants must have a bachelor’s degree (any major is acceptable), and provide a completed application form, a transcript of all undergraduate work, and two letters of recommendation. Admission is competitive and generally requires a minimum undergraduate GPA of 3.00. Those applicants whose native language is not English and who do not hold a degree from a university where the language of instruction is English must complete the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) with a score of at least 78 on the internet-based test.

Required Courses

The program requires six courses, or 18 credits. Courses may be waived by the Program Coordinator based on previous study; however, substitute course work will be required.

PLAN 605 Land Use and Planning Law

PLAN 614 Real Estate Market Analysis

PLAN 631 Real Estate Principles

PLAN 633 Real Estate Development

PLAN 634 Real Estate Finance and Investment

PLAN 636 Site Planning

Generally, PLAN 631 should be completed prior to PLAN 634 and PLAN 633, and PLAN 633, which serves as a capstone course for the program, should be taken in the final semester or year of study. Although the program does not require an internship, GCRED students who are also in the MUP program may wish to complete the required planning internship by working in a real estate development firm.



Departmental Faculty


David M. Simpson, PhD, AICP
Professor and Department Chair
MUP Director

Tony Arnold, J.D
Professor, School of Law

Carrie G. Donald, J.D.
Professor

John I. Gilderbloom, Ph.D.
Professor

Frank Goetzke, Ph.D.
Associate Professor

Lauren Heberle, Ph.D.
Associate Professor, Department of Sociology

Janet Kelly, Ph.D.
Professor

Steven G. Koven, Ph.D.
Professor

H.V. Savitch, Ph.D.
Brown and Williamson Distinguished Professor Emeritus

Aaron Rollins, Ph.D.

Assistant Professor

Matthew Ruther, Ph.D.
Assistant Professor

Sumei Zhang, Ph.D.
Associate Professor



Contact Information

Urban Planning - MUP

David M. Simpson, Ph.D., AICP, Program Director
Yani Vozos, Student Advisor
Phone: (502) 852-8002
Fax: (502) 852-4558
Email: upa@louisville.edu
 

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