To learn more about admissions to the MURP program, visit our main site here.
Our next round of reviews will begin in late March, so please submit your application by March 15, 2019 (11:59pm PT) for consideration in this round. Notifications for the March round will be sent out in early April. Applicants applying after the priority deadline (January 15, 2019) will be considered on a space-available basis. The final application deadline is June 1, 2019 (11:59pm PT).
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 December 3rd, 2018.
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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.