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What will I learn?

The Master of Urban Planning and Development (MUPD) program educates current and future urban planning and development professionals and equips them with the knowledge and skills to effect positive change for diverse and dynamic metropolitan regions and communities within a global context. We prepare students to analyze and address past, present and future urban conditions and planning and development issues and provide them the opportunity to develop technical expertise in areas of practice. Through our curriculum, engaged activities, and faculty research, we generate innovative ideas that foster livable, equitable, vibrant, and sustainable futures, particularly for legacy cities.

The Master of Urban Planning and Development program is committed to:

Educating students to be innovative, forward-thinking urban planning professionals who are at the leading edge of planning, particularly in legacy cities.
Preparing our graduates to work in and with diverse communities via an inclusive and participatory approach to planning.
Advancing social justice and equity in all aspects of urban planning and development and within the diverse communities that comprise urban places.
Ensuring that our graduates will improve the resiliency and sustainability of urban communities.
Building and maintaining a diverse faculty and student body devoted to excellence in academic and professional practice.
Engaging with the people and communities in Northeast Ohio and shaping the future of these communities through our teaching, research and service activities.
Fostering the MUPD program's vibrant and ongoing engagement with the urban planning profession, including our active partnership with local and national planning and development organizations.
Collaborating with allied professionals through an interdisciplinary approach to planning education.


Economic Development
Environmental Sustainability
Geographic Information Systems (GIS)
Historic Preservation
Housing and Neighborhood Development
Real Estate Development and Finance


The MUPD program provides advanced training for recent college graduates and mid-career professionals. Employment opportunities for planners exist in the public, private, and nonprofit sectors.

Which department am I in?

Maxine Goodman Levin College of Urban Affairs

Study options

Full Time (48 credit hours)

Tuition fees
US$20,766.00 per year
Application deadline

Expected December 2021

Start date

Expected January, August 2022


Maxine Goodman Levin College of Urban Affairs

Urban Building, Room 335,

1717 Euclid Avenue,



44115, United States

Entry requirements

For international students

A minimum undergraduate grade-point average of 3.0, on a degree posted transcript.
Graduate Record Examination (GRE) scores, with an average Verbal and Quantitative score at the 50th percentile, and an Analytical Writing score of at least 4.0. Students with a graduate degree from an accredited U.S. college or university are exempted from this requirement. Other standardized admission examinations may be substituted at the discretion of the Program Director.

Meet minimum test score requirements.

TOEFL iBT (Internet-Based) score of 78 with at least 17 in each section

TOEFL PBT (Paper-Based) score of 550

IELTS score of 6.0 and at least 5.0 in each section

PTE (Pearsons Test of English) score of 50

Application Deadlines: Fall Semester - July 21; Spring Semester - December 10

*There may be different IELTS requirements depending on your chosen course.