MURP Advanced Standing Programs

Master of Urban and Regional Planning

Students in selected FAU undergraduate programs may participate in accelerated programs that allow completion of the MURP in less time than normally would be required. Accelerated or advanced standing programs are available for Bachelor of Architecture (BArch), Bachelor of Urban Design (BUD), and Bachelor of Urban and Regional Planning (BURP) students who satisfy the admissions requirements. The following programs are expected to go into effect in the Fall 2016 semester.

BArch/MURP Advanced Standing Program

This program allows FAU Bachelor of Architecture students the opportunity to complete the MURP in less time than normally would be required after graduating with the BArch. BArch students complete up to 12 credits of MURP core courses during their senior and thesis (fourth and fifth) years; these courses count as elective toward the BArch. The remaining 36 credits required for the MURP can be completed in as little as 15 months following graduation with the BArch.

Admission Requirements and Academic Standing

Applications to the advanced standing program may be submitted by BArch students during their senior or thesis (fourth or fifth) years of study. Applicants must have no academic deficiencies at the time of application.

Applicants must have a minimum undergraduate FAU GPA of 3.25 in order to be admitted to the program. The GRE will be waived for students admitted into this program. Students will otherwise follow gradate application procedures, as well as departmental requirements, for admission to this program. Students who meet the GPA requirement, provide a positive letter of support from a full-time School of Architecture faculty member, and provide a strong letter of intent will be eligible for admission.

Students must graduate with the BArch as soon as all of the requirements for that degree have been met. Students must maintain a minimum GPA of 3.0 across all courses applied to the MURP. Both degrees require a total of 207 credits, including 159 for the undergraduate degree and 48 for the master’s degree, with a maximum of 12 graduate credits in URP courses used to satisfy requirements for both degrees.

Degree Requirements

The following course schedule gives an example of how BArch students who enroll in the advanced standing MURP program could complete the requirements for that program:

Required MURP Courses
BArch Senior Year - Fall (3 credits)
History and Theory of Planning*URP 61013
BArch Senior Year - Spring (3 credits)
Sustainable Cities*URP 64063
BArch Thesis Year - Fall (3 credits)
Planning Methods*URP 62003
BArch Thesis Year - Spring (3 credits)
Legal Aspects of Planning*URP 61313
Receive BArch Degree
Master's Year - First Summer (6 credits)
Planning InternshipURP 69453
Graduate Elective3
Master's Year - Fall (12 credits)
Urban and Regional TheoryURP 68403
Introduction to GIS in PlanningURP 62703
Urban GovernanceURP 61153
Planning WorkshopURP 69203
Master's Year - Spring (12 credits)
Site Planning**URP 68733
Statistics for Urban PlanningURP 62113
Graduate Elective3
Planning ProjectURP 69793
Master's Year - Second Summer (6 credits)
Graduate Elective3
Graduate Elective3
Receive MURP Degree

Notes:

* Graduate courses used as electives toward the bachelor’s degree.

** BArch students with a grade of “B” or better in ARC 3374 may substitute a graduate elective for URP 6873.

BUD/MURP and BURP/MURP Advanced Standing Programs

This program allows FAU Bachelor of Urban Design and Bachelor of Urban and Regional Planning students to complete the MURP in less time than normally would be required after completing the BUD or BURP. BUD and BURP students may complete up to 12 credits of MURP core courses during their senior year; these courses count as electives toward the BUD or BURP. The remaining 36 credits required for the MURP can be completed in as little as 15 months following graduation with the BUD or BURP.

Admission Requirements and Academic Standing

Applications to the advanced standing program may be submitted by BUD or BURP students during their senior year of study. Applicants must have no academic deficiencies at the time of application.

Applicants must have a minimum undergraduate FAU GPA of 3.25 in order to be admitted to the program. The GRE will be waived for students admitted to this program. Students will otherwise follow graduate application procedures, as well as departmental requirements, for admission to this program. Students who meet the GPA requirement, provide a positive letter of support from a full-time School of Urban and Regional Planning faculty member, and provide a strong letter of intent will be eligible for admission.

Students must graduate with the BUD or BURP as soon as all of the requirements for that degree have been met. Students must maintain a minimum GPA of 3.0 across all courses applied to the MURP.  Both degrees require a total of 168 credits, including 120 for the undergraduate degree and 48 for the master’s degree, with a maximum of 12 graduate credits in URP courses used to satisfy requirements for both degrees.

Degree Requirements

The following course schedule gives an example of how BUD and BURP students who enroll in the advanced standing MURP program could complete the requirements for that program:

Required MURP Courses
BUD or BURP Senior Year - Fall (6 credits)
History and Theory of Planning*URP 61013 credits
Planning Methods*URP 62003
BUD or BURP Senior Year - Spring (6 credits)
Graduate Elective*3
Legal Aspects of Planning*URP 61313
Receive BUD or BURP Degree
Master's Year - First Summer (6 credits)
Planning Internship**URP 69453
Graduate Elective3
Master's Year - Fall (12 credits)
Urban and Regional TheoryURP 68403
Introduction to GIS in PlanningURP 62703
Urban GovernanceURP 61153
Planning WorkshopURP 69203
Master's Year - Spring (12 credits)
Site Planning**URP 68733
Statistics for Urban PlanningURP 62113
Sustainable Cities**URP 64063
Planning ProjectURP 69793
Master's Year - Second Summer (6 credits)
Graduate Elective3
Graduate Elective3
Receive MURP Degree

Notes:

* Graduate courses used as electives toward the bachelor’s degree.

** BURP students who have completed URP 4945 with a grade of “S” may substitute a Graduate Elective for URP 6945.  BURP students with a grade of “B” or better in both URP 4254 and URP 4870 may substitute a Graduate Elective for URP 6873.  BUD students with a grade of “B” or better in both ARC 3374 and URP 4254 may substitute a Graduate Elective for URP 6873.  BUD and BURP students with a grade of “B” or better in URP 4403 may substitute a Graduate Elective for URP 6406.


For any questions regarding the Master of Urban and Regional Planning degree program, please contact Dr. Steven Bourassa (Program Coordinator) at sbourassa@fau.edu.

For questions about advising, please contact the College Advising Center at 561-297-2316.