Master’s Program

“I look back at how much fun I had at DURP, and how good the program is at preparing students for the professional world.” 

– Jorge Puente, Class of 2018

The Master of Science in Planning (MSP) degree is the professional degree of most planners in the United States. The graduates of our program work in more than 40 states and about 30 foreign countries, with the largest proportion working in Florida. Click here to learn more about our program’s measures of student achievement.

MSP Program of Study

The principal aim of the MSP program is to train students for professional careers in planning, allowing them to function in both generalist and specialist roles. The MSP degree is normally obtained after two years of full-time study, involving the completion of at least 48 semester hours of course work and 400 hours of work as a planning intern. Part-time students can also be accommodated. Course work is organized into the following curriculum components:

Specialization Courses (minimum of 9 credit hours)

All students complete a 400 hour professional planning internship. The intent of the internship is to give students a unique learning opportunity, allowing them to put many of the concepts and methods learned in the classroom into practice in a realistic professional setting

Core Curriculum (24 credit hours)

Students take courses in planning statistics, growth and development of cities, planning theory and practice, plan implementation, plan making, urban and regional information systems, professional development, and planning methods. Students are also required to take two semesters of our 0-credit hour professional topics speaker series course during their course of study.

Collaborative and Participatory Methods (3 credit hours)

Students select from courses on collaborative governance, and community involvement and citizen participation.

Planning Internship (0 credit hours)

All students complete a 400 hour professional planning internship. The intent of the internship is to give students a unique learning opportunity, allowing them to put many of the concepts and methods learned in the classroom into practice in a realistic professional setting.

Capstone Studio (3-6 credit hours)

Studio Projects engage professional planning faculty and masters-level graduate students in real-world planning projects that provide capacity and innovative planning for the sustainable growth and long-term viability of our partners while providing DURP’s graduate students with a clinical, place-based learning experience.

Elective Courses (6-15 credit hours)

Students take additional elective courses to complete their minimum 48 credit hours of MSP study.

Study Abroad

We offer international study abroad opportunities through our partnerships with the University of Amsterdam in the Netherlands, Aalborg University in Denmark, and the University of Botswana that allow DURP students to study at those institutions for one semester during their time in our program.

Typical DURP Two-Year Full-Time Program

First FallFirst SpringSecond FallSecond Spring
URP 5211 Planning StatisticsURP 5125 Local Government Land Use LawURP 5101 Planning Theory and PracticeSpecialization, Participatory Methods, or Elective
URP 5847 Growth and Dev. of CitiesURP 5261 ForecastingURP 5316 Land Use (Plan Making)Specialization, Participatory Methods, or Elective
URP 5272 Urban and Regional Information SystemsURP 5939 Professional DevelopmentSpecialization, Participatory Methods, or ElectiveSpecialization or Elective
Specialization, Participatory Methods, or ElectiveSpecialization, Participatory Methods, or ElectiveSpecialization, Capstone, or ElectiveSpecialization or Elective
URP 5930 Professional TopicsURP 5930 Professional Topics