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 coursework 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)

Concentrations

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

Concentration 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 Concentration)

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

Concentration 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 Concentration)

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)

Concentration 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 Concentration)

PLAN 621 Urban Infrastructure (3)

PLAN 624 Urban Transportation Planning (3)

PLAN 628 Economic Conditions and Forecasting (3)

Concentration 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 Concentration)

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.

Faculty

Tony Arnold

Professor of School of Law

Carrie G. Donald

Professor

John I. Gilderbloom

Professor

Frank Goetzke

Associate Professor

Lauren Heberle

Associate Professor

Janet Kelly

Professor

Steven G. Koven

Professor

Aaron Rollins

Assistant Professor

Matthew Ruther

Assistant Professor

H.V. Savitch

Brown and Williamson Distinguished Professor Emeritus

David M. Simpson
Professor
Department Chair

MUP Director

Sumei Zhang

Associate Professor