Degree Requirements

The Master of Science in Urban and Regional Policy degree requires successful completion of 42 semester hours (SH).  Full-time students can expect to complete the degree over two academic years (including summer).  Part-time students typically complete the degree in three years. The 42 semester hours (usually 14 courses) consists of 27 semester hours in nine required courses, referred to as the MURP Core, and 15 semester hours in five elective courses.  All classes are offered in the evening to accommodate working students.

Information accurate as of August 2013. Requirements and policies subject to change. For up-to-date information, contact Kathie Simmons at or view the official graduate catalogue for a full listing of graduate level courses.

School of Public Policy and Urban Affairs Guide Booklet 2014-2015

College of Social Sciences and Humanities General Regulations 2014-2015

Core Courses
The following courses are required of all MURP students:

Research Toolkits:  Students are required to take three modules of their choice.


Students can take up to 15 SH in electives drawn from a list of approved offerings covering a range of topics. Sample elective courses include:

To look up detailed descriptions of all courses in the University’s online catalogue, please click here.

Sample Schedules

Internship Requirement

The professional internship provides MURP students with a supervised work experience in the field that they would like to enter.  It is usually completed during the summer between the two academic years and can be taken for-credit or not-for-credit.  The internship advisor is available to meet with students to help identify and arrange an appropriate internship.  Examples of recent internships include:

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