Facts and Figures

Livability Studies


1989 (as the Department of Urban & Regional Planning)

Degree Programs


SURP has eight full-time distinguished faculty that specialize in areas as diverse as transportation systems, economic development, urban and community design, disaster planning and hazard assessment, urban food systems, metropolitan growth, urban mobility, environmental planning, sea-level rise vulnerability assessment, governance, and housing and community development.

Number of Students by Degree (Fall 2016):
Students by Gender (Fall 2016):
Graduates in 2015-2016:

MURP Program and Outcomes Data

The following data are reported to satisfy Planning Accreditation Board requirements:

Tuition and Fees (2017-2018):
The following tuition and fee rates are based on the number of credit hours and include tuition plus various fees assessed by the university:
In-state residents:$8,875.68 per year ($369.82 per credit hour for 24 hours)
Out-of-state residents:$24,595.44 per year ($1,024.81 per credit hour for 24 hours)
For a breakdown of tuition rates and fees, please refer to the Controller’s web site: www.fau.edu/controller/student-information/tuition-breakdown.php. In addition, the School of Urban and Regional Planning charges lab fees ranging from $25 to $70 per credit hour for some courses. The effect of these charges on the total cost of the degree depends on which electives students choose.
AICP Exam Pass Rate:
To become a certified planner, members of the American Planning Association (APA) must meet certain education and experience requirements and pass the American Institute of Certified Planners (AICP) Exam. The pass rate is the percentage of test takers who pass the examination within five years of graduating from the master’s program.
Graduation YearNumber of Test TakersPass Rate
AICP Exam pass rates data are collected by APA. For a complete list of pass rates for all PAB-accredited institutions see www.planning.org/certification/passrates.
Student Retention and Graduation Rates and Degrees Awarded:
The retention rate is the percentage of new students enrolling in the Fall semester who returned the next academic year. The graduation rate is the percentage of students enrolling in the Fall semester who graduate within four years of enrolling. Degrees awarded are the number of degrees earned during the academic year indicated.
Enrollment YearRetention RateGraduation RateDegrees Awarded
Employment Rates:
Alumni were asked which category best described their employment status within one year of graduation.
Graduation YearSurvey DateProfessional Planning or Planning-Related EmploymentPursuing Advanced DegreeOther Employment StatusResponse Rate
2011-2012Summer 201733.3%0.0%41.7%75.0%
2012-2013Summer 201781.3%0.0%0.0%81.3%
2013-2014Spring 201650.0%16.7%33.3%100.0%
2014-2015Fall 201658.4%8.3%33.3%100.0%
Current Employment Status:
Alumni were asked about their current employment status.
Graduation YearSurvey DateProfessional Planning or Planning-Related EmploymentPursuing Advanced DegreeOther Employment StatusResponse Rate
2011-2012Summer 201766.7%0.0%8.3%75.0%
2012-2013Summer 201775.0%0.0%6.3%81.3%
2013-2014Spring 201666.7%0.0%33.3%100.0%
2014-2015Fall 201666.7%8.3%25.0%100.0%
Student Achievement:
The School of Urban and Regional Planning uses an annual student learning outcomes assessment process to help track student achievement. In recent years, for example, the process has focused in part on the Urban Revitalization Strategy (URP 6545) course. A survey of students' knowledge at the beginning of the semester is compared with a survey at the end with the objective of at least a 20 percentage point improvement. Also, students are required to complete several assignments, including a detailed analytical report on an actual urban revitalization strategy, with the objective that each student achieve a score of at least 80% on each assignment. For the most recently completed assessment, these objectives were achieved.