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Master of Urban Planning Program

The Master of Urban Planning (MUP) program is a professionally oriented degree that focuses on preparation of planners who will be employed primarily by local governments, planning consultants and community based organizations. The degree is accredited by the Planning Accreditation Board. Students have the opportunity to specialize in Housing and Community Development, Urban Economic Development, or Managing Metropolitan Growth. Through course projects and internships students are able to gain structured practical experience. Student projects conducted as "capstone" courses have been recognized for excellence by the Michigan Society of Planning. The Department's Stilgenbauer GIS Laboratory provides students with state-of-the-art microcomputer workstations with mapping and statistical analysis capabilities.

Download a brochure about Wayne State's Urban Planning Program

Admission Requirements

Baccalaureate degree in any field from an accredited university; minimum 3.0 undergraduate honor grade point average for the last two years of undergraduate course work; written statement of 1-2 pages explaining interest in the program; and two letters of recommendation.

Students in the MUP Program must complete a minimum of 48 credits in the required and elective courses as listed below and must maintain a grade point average of at least 3.0.

How to Apply

Admission to this program is contingent upon admission to the Wayne State University Graduate School. Applications can be submitted electronically via the Office of Graduate Admissions. Transcripts of your prior academic work must be provided as part of this process. If you are admitted to the Graduate School, they will forward these materials to us. We do not require applicants to take the Graduate Record Exam (GRE).

The required personal statement (1-2 pages) and two letters of recommendation should be sent directly to:

Department of Urban Studies and Planning
656 W. Kirby
3198 Faculty Administration Building
Detroit, MI 48202

The letters of recommendation should be from non-relatives and at least one should be from someone who is familiar with your academic potential and potential (unless you have been out of school for some time). The recommendation letters can be sent directly to the Department or may be placed in sealed envelopes with your personal statement.

When we have your complete file, you will be contacted to set up a time for an admissions interview. Applicants not currently living within commuting distance of the campus can complete this interview by telephone.

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Urban Studies & Planning
656 W. Kirby 3198 Faculty Admin Building
Detroit, MI 48202
Phone: (313) 577-2701
Fax: (313) 577-0022
Website: clasweb.clas.wayne.edu/dusp
Email: DUSP@wayne.edu