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Program-Related Outcomes

Student Achievement

The MUP program's mission is to educate and train professional planners and researchers dedicated to becoming leaders in identifying community values, providing choices, and creating ethical solutions for a sustainable future. A student who graduates from Texas A&M with an MUP degree will be able to:

How is that demonstrated?

Students demonstrate competence through the completion of a professional master’s project/paper, thesis, and portfolio that shows how each of the above learning outcomes are demonstrated.  These are evaluated by the student’s graduate committee using a rubric that rates the student’s level of achievement.  Students are evaluated along each outcome by their graduate committee, using a scale from 1 to 5, where 1 is “work quality unacceptable” and 5 is “mastery demonstrated with excellence, commensurate with a mid-career or senior professional”.  We have set targets that at least 90% of our graduates should graduate with a score of 2.5 or better, while 50% should graduate with a score of 4.0 or better. The table below shows the actual percentages at each level:

Student Learning Outcomes:

Leadership Inquiry
Target: 90% score 2.5+ 100% 100% 100% 100% 100% 100%
Target: 50% score 4+ 80% 87% 87% 93% 80%


Source: MUP Assessment Rubrics 2016-2017

2019-2020 Tuition Rates
In state Residents, per full-time academic year $12,796.80*
Out of State Residents, per full-time academic year $24,819.60*
*This estimate does NOT include variable fees such as course-related educational enhancement, equipment access, lab, or field trip fees; housing, meal plans, or parking fees; property deposit fees; international student fees, orientation fees; or distance education differential tuition and fees.


Student Retention Rates Percent
Percentage of students who began studies in fall 2017 and continued into fall 2018 87.50%


Student Graduation Rates Percent
Percentage of students graduating within 4 years, entering class of 2014 88.89%


Number of Degrees Awarded
Number of degrees awarded for 2017-2018 Academic Year 20


AICP Certification Percent
Percentage of master's graduates taking the AICP exam within 5 years who pass, graduating class of 2013 60%


Employment Percent
Percentage of full-time graduates obtaining professional planning, planning-related or other positions within 12 months of graduation, graduating class of 2017 69%