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.
Achievements of Our Graduates
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.