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PSU’s Master of Urban and Regional Planning (MURP) Program Ranked #15 by Planetizen
Author: College of Urban and Public Affairs
Posted: September 10, 2019

Planetizen, an independent resource for people passionate about planning, released the 6th Edition of their Guide to Graduate Urban Planning Programs, which includes a ranking of the Overall Top 25 graduate urban planning programs from around 80 programs analyzed. Portland State’s Master of Urban and Regional Planning (MURP) program ranked #15 overall, making it the highest ranked among urban-serving universities. This is the fourth consecutive time that PSU's program has been ranked in the top 25.

Below is a comprehensive list of PSU’s rankings in Planetizen’s guide:

Overall Top 25: #15/25

Top 25 According to Educators: #13/25

By Geographic Region (West): #5/10

Top Programs Allowing Part-Time Study: #5/15

Top Big City Programs (cities in top 30 of population in the U.S.): #7/10

Top Public Programs: #10/15

Most Selective Programs: #14/15

PSU’s Master of Urban and Regional Planning program is a two-year professional degree program designed for individuals interested in working as professional planners. The curriculum focuses on the history and theory of planning as a field, plan implementation, analytical methods and the dynamics of metropolitan development. MURP students work in teams on workshop projects for community clients and complete internships in various settings, affording them hands-on experiences before they ever graduate.

About Planetizen’s Guide to Graduate Urban Planning Programs:

The Planetizen Guide to Graduate Urban Planning Programs is the only comprehensive ranking and listing of graduate urban planning programs available. The 6th Edition of the Guide required a large-scale data collection effort, relying on information provided by 80 participating programs and hundreds of educators. The rankings methodology evaluates data using a quartile system, with 29 metrics organized into four criteria. More details on the ranking methodology are available on the Planetizen website. Throughout the process, Planetizen consulted with the Association of Collegiate Schools of Planning's Institutional Data Task Force to ensure that the Guide met rigorous standards of data collection and analysis.