Facts and Figures

Livability Studies


1989 (as the Department of Urban and Regional Planning)

Degree and Certificate 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, metropolitan growth, urban mobility, environmental planning, sea-level rise vulnerability assessment, governance, and housing and community development.


Number of Students by Degree (Fall 2017):
Students by Gender (Fall 2017):
Graduates in 2016-2017 (decimal places refer to students who graduate with more than one major, resulting in partial credit for each program):

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%
2015-2016Fall 201781.8%0.0%18.2%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%
2015-2016Fall 201772.7%9.1%18.2%100.0%
Student Achievement:
The School of Urban and Regional Planning uses an annual student learning outcomes assessment process to help track student achievement. A new process was implemented in 2016 for the Master of Urban and Regional Planning program. This new process bases the desired learning outcomes on the Planning Accreditation Board's curriculum standards and requires students in capstone courses (URP 6979 Planning Project or URP 6971 Master's Thesis) to complete portfolios that document how well the outcomes have been achieved. Students are required to prepare narrative statements for each outcome as well as a quantitative assessment guided by a set of rubrics. The portfolios include examples of student work as evidence. After the end of the Spring semester, the MURP Program Committee (consisting of four faculty members) reviews each portfolio and prepares its own quantitative and qualitative assessment. This assessment is then presented to the School faculty for discussion at the annual strategic planning retreat held in the Fall semester. The quantitative target for 2017 was an average of at least 80% for each learning outcome. The MURP Program Committee determined that this objective was achieved, but that there was room for improvement in several areas, including planning theory, global dimensions of planning, leadership skills, and ethics. Suggestions were made for addressing each of these topics. In addition, the MURP Program Committee recommended increasing the target to 85% starting in 2018. These recommendations were subsequently incorporated into the School's 2017 Strategic Plan.