MUP Overview

The Master of Urban Planning (MUP) Program at Texas A&M University is the oldest planning program in Texas, having been authorized in 1965 and accredited in 1969. It is now one of three accredited programs available in the state. In 1991, after many years of growth, the Department of Urban & Regional Planning was merged with the Department of Landscape Architecture to form the Department of Landscape Architecture and Urban Planning.

As a Research I University, the professors in the MUP Program conduct millions of dollars of research through a variety of research centers, laboratories, and institutes at the University. The College of Architecture is the administrative home of several research centers and laboratories. Students may find employment through these centers or through the Texas Transportation Institute.

The nationally accredited program unites the historically important skills and challenges of planning with the emerging areas of specialization where our faculty and university offer exceptional resources. The program has a tradition of exposing every professional degree candidate to a firm foundation in the core skills of the community planner, including land use and urban planning from technical, political, economic, and legal perspectives.

The curriculum provides every MUP student with the opportunity to develop a specialty in one or more areas of practice: Health and Human Services, Housing and Economic Development, Land Use and Environmental Planning, or Transportation Planning and Design. There is also a Self Selected option which allows the student to work closely with an advisor to develop expertise in a subject not covered by the four topical emphasis areas (for example, Historic Preservation or Urban Design). Recognizing that our field is a combination of both art and science, we build our students' professional skills through applied course work and field experience, as well as the latest findings from applicable research.

The MUP degree program requires 48 hours of course work. At least 12 hours of course work are associated with the student’s area of specialization. Course work culminates with either a professional paper (Professional Practice Curriculum Option) or a thesis (Research Curriculum Option).

There are several reasons to consider the Master of Urban Planning degree program at Texas A&M.

  • A superior reputation
  • An outstanding faculty
  • State-of-the-art facilities
  • Accredited by the Planning Accreditation Board
  • A progressive curriculum
  • Studio courses that allow students "hands-on" experience
  • An extensive alumni network to assist students both during their graduate work and after they leave Texas A&M
  • A supportive environment

Program-Related Outcomes

Urban Planning Courses

Urban Planning Courses
Graduate Catalog
Academic Calendar

Urban Planning Faculty

Wei Li, Program Coordinator


Kent Anderson Ming Han Li George Rogers *
Elise Bright * Michael Lindell * Jesse Saginor
Geoffrey Booth Tim Lomax * Donald Sweeney*
Sherry Bame * June Martin * Katherine Turnbull *
Samuel Brody * Michael Murphy Shannon Van Zandt *
Bruce Dvorak Forster Ndubisi * James Varni
Pliny Fisk Walter Peacock * Nancy Volkman
Cecilia Giusti * Dennis Perkinson * Zhifang Wang
Chang-Shan Huang Carla Prater * Doug Wunneburger *
Kenneth Joh * David Pugh Yu Xiao *
Chanam Lee Jon Rodiek  

* These are the faculty who are primarily associated with the MUP Program

Master of Urban Planning Student Information


"I thought a MUP degree would “broaden” me and complement my BED {Bachelor of Environmental Design] degree."

“…the city planner I spoke to describe[d] the A&M program as one of the most practical programs and [added] that the graduates were considered to be some of the best prepared planners entering the workforce.”

“[I wanted] to receive a good education from a responsive faculty.”

“ My advisor actually told me ‘If you want to get a job in Texas – you need to go to A&M.’”

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Admission to the Master of Urban Planning Program

Applications for admission to Texas A&M University can be downloaded from the Office of Admissions and Records Web site.

To apply, applicants must mail a completed application, official transcripts from all universities and/or colleges attended, Graduate Record Exam (GRE) scores, Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) score and application fee -- $50 for domestic applicants and $75 for international applicants -- to the following address.

Graduate Admissions 
Texas A&M University
P.O Box 40001
College Station, Texas 77842-4001

Mail three letters of recommendation and a statement of purpose to the following address.

Master of Urban Planning
Texas A&M University 
Department of Landscape Architecture and Urban Planning
MS 3137
College Station, TX 77843-3137

Important considerations:

Please include an e-mail address with each item submitted to Texas A&M University.

All requested information -- GRE, TOEFL, transcripts, fees, etc. -- must be received before applications will be reviewed. The application fee cannot be waived or paid by the department.

GRE scores will not be waived, but GMAT scores may be substituted in exceptional cases.

Applicants may check their application status online at the Office of Admissions and Records Web site

Application deadlines

Fall semester - March 1

International students who seek financial assistance and fellowships should submit all application materials to the Admissions Office by January 1 for fall entry.

All students who seek financial assistance and fellowships should submit all application materials to the Admissions Office by January 1 for fall entry.

For program information, please contact the graduate program coordinator for the Master of Urban Planning:

Dr. Wei Li 
(979) 845-2608
Room: Langford A336

Financing Education

Your education is an investment of your time and money. At this time in your life it is probably the largest investment you will make. The University’s Department of Student Financial Aid offers information regarding applying for financial aid, finding a job on or off campus, managing your finances, and other resources designed to help you achieve your goal of attaining a graduate degree.

Urban Planning scholarships and fellowships

Scholarships and fellowships are available at the university, college, department, and program level. Please see the University’s Department of Student Financial Aid for information regarding university-level scholarships. Information about other scholarships and fellowships can be found below.

Program Scholarships

Texas Chapter of the American Planning Association Scholarships - Established by the Education Foundation of the Texas Chapter of the American Planning Association; awarded to students pursuing a master of urban planning degree.

Katherine F. Turnbull Transportation Scholarship – Established by Katherine F. Turnbull, Ph.D., ’93, of the Texas Transportation Institute; awarded to a student pursuing a master of urban planning degree with transportation as their declared emphasis area or intending to concentrate their studies in transportation. $1,000 per year

The David Pugh Planning and Land Use Law Scholarship - Established by McDonald Associates of Dallas, Texas, in honor of Dr. David Pugh - associate professor of urban planning, former MUP program coordinator and associate professor; awarded to a Texas resident entering the Master of Urban Planning program who has demonstrated scholarship, an interest in public service and an interest in planning and land use law. Two years/$1,000 per year.

College Scholarships

College-Wide Scholarships: Rotates to every department in the College of Architecture.

Undergraduate or Graduate student - R. Joseph Reeves Endowed Memorial Scholarship - Endowed by the Roy T. Reeves Family Trust; awarded to a graduate or undergraduate student in the College of Architecture in good academic standing.

Colonel James E. Ray '63 Endowed Scholarship - Established by alumni, colleagues and friends to recognize the accomplishments of Colonel James E. Ray '63; awarded on a rotating basis to a full-time student in one of the three College of Architecture departments. The award is based on academic achievement, extracurricular activities and financial need.

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Urban Planning Career Information

Planners work in the public, private, and non-profit sectors. Planners in the public sector work for cities, states, regional governments, and federal offices. In smaller organizations one planner may be involved in transportation, housing, land use, design, and economic development planning. In larger organizations planners may specialize in one or two areas.

Planners in the private sector work for consulting firms, real estate developers, architecture and engineering firms, utility companies and law firms. Their work may be specialized, such as negotiating easements for utilities, or more general, such as preparing comprehensive plans for cities.

Planners also work for non-profits. Organizations that assist with low-income housing, issues related to senior citizens, and that write grants for small cities all need planners.

Planners may work for a variety of organizations throughout their careers. Planning jobs are available in large and small towns, in dense urban areas and in rural areas for groups such as the Native American tribal offices. For information about careers in planning see related links below.

Urban Planning Student Organizations

The Association of Student Planners

This student organization is open to all MUP students. The Association plans student events to learn about planning, and just to have fun! The Association of Student Planners is a student organization run by the students. Membership in the student organization entitles you to receive a monthly journal and they provide guest speakers for the university community and coordinate travel to state and national conferences.

The Texas A&M Institute of Transportation Engineers Student Chapter

Despite the name this organization is open to all people interested in transportation. Membership in the student organization entitles you to receive ITE Journal, the monthly journal of the Institute of Transportation Engineers. The Texas A&M Student Chapter promotes the discussion of transportation problems and solutions. They provide guest speakers for the university community and coordinate travel to state and national transportation conferences. [br/] [More]

Urban Planning program-related achievement

Graduates of the Texas A&M Master of Urban Planning (MUP) program have gone on to careers all over the country and at all levels of government and the private sector. Approximately one-half of MUP graduates work as local government planners. They work as Planning Directors (Emil Moncivais class of 1971) city managers (Joseph Dunn class of 1994) as well as general planners.

About one-quarter of MUP graduates work as planners in state and federal agencies. Our most notable graduate in this area is former Secretary of Housing and Urban Development Henry Cisneros, class of 1970. Others pursue political careers; San Antonio Mayor Ed Garza is one example.

Another one-quarter of MUP graduates go on to work in the private sector. They may work for developers, such as Katie Blanchard class of 2004 who is working on redevelopment of the old Astrodome site in Houston; architecture engineering and/or planning consultants, such as Gary Mitchell, (FAICP, class of 1988); or a wide variety of other private employment including retail siting, cellular antenna approvals, and real estate appraisal.

MUP graduates have also gone on to distinguish themselves in the planning profession itself. Emil Moncivais (class of 1971) and Gary Mitchell (class of 1988) are fellows in the American Institute of Certified Planners. This is the highest honor awarded by the professional planning organization.