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MURP admissions for Fall 2020 is currently closed. Admissions for Fall 2021 will open later this year. The priority admissions deadline has not been established, but will likely fall in early January 2021. This is the deadline for applicants seeking scholarships or departmental support.
International Admissions: It takes longer to evaluate and process international materials. For this reason, we strongly recommend that you submit your materials to us by early December 2020. Check back for details on international admissions deadlines.
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MURP program basics
The MURP program at Portland State has a specific focus on the practice of planning. Our goal, simply stated, is to educate planning professionals, able to make plans and also to become leaders in the field. Our students engage in practice from the moment they join us, and we use the real planning issues and processes of our region, state, and bioregion as the basis for much of our teaching and research. Experiential learning is an integral component of the program, which requires an internship and a workshop project that is client‐focused, community‐based and culminates in a professional product to serves as a capstone to the program.
The MURP is a two‐year, 72 credit professional degree program designed for those interested in working as professional planners. The curriculum includes a 43‐credit core that focuses on the history and theory of planning as a field, plan implementation, analytical methods, and the dynamics of metropolitan development. MURP students have the opportunity to customize their education to meet particular scholastic and professional objectives. Each student also chooses a pathway that allows them to specialize in fields such as Community Development, Economic Development, Environment, Land Use, and Transportation.
The Nohad A. Toulan School of Urban Studies and Planning is a member of the Association of Collegiate Schools of Planning and the Urban Affairs Association.