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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.

Program-Related Outcomes

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.

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