MUP Overview

The Master of Urban Planning (MUP) Program at Texas A&M University has been training leaders in urban planning since 1965. This nationally top-ranked urban planning program has a tradition of equipping every student with a firm foundation of planning knowledge and competencies from technical, political, economic, and legal perspectives. Graduates from this program will become lifelong learners and forward-thinking visionaries, who are capable of working with diverse stakeholders, performing sophisticated analysis, and making planning decisions under complex situations.

Faculty members of the MUP Program are nationally and internationally recognized scholars who advance the urban planning field with impactful research. Every year, they contribute millions of dollars of funding to support students through a variety of research centers, laboratories, and institutes at the University. For example, Texas A&M Transportation Institute (TTI), the largest university-based transportation research institute in the world, provides MUP students with numerous employment opportunities.   

The program is located in the center of the Texas Urban Triangle, a megaregion encompassing Houston, Dallas-Fort Worth, Austin, and San Antonio. This is one of the fastest growing regions in the nation, offering a unique living laboratory to generate innovative planning solutions that can be translated globally.

The curriculum provides every MUP student with the opportunity to develop a specialty in one or more areas of practice such as Transportation Planning, Sustainable Urbanism, Hazards Mitigation, Land Use, Environmental Planning, Housing, Economic Development, and Health Systems. Recognizing that urban planning is a combination of both art and science, the program builds students' knowledge and competencies through applied course work and field experience, as well as the latest findings from applicable research.

The program requires 48 credit hours of course work. At least 12 credit hours of course work are associated with the student’s area of specialization. Course work culminates with either a professional paper option or a thesis option.

In addition to the superior reputation, outstanding faculty, and progressive curriculum, the following are some common reasons that the MUP program at Texas A&M University become students’ first choice:

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

Dr. Wei Li 
wli@tamu.edu  
(979) 845-2608
Room: Langford A336

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