Master's Degrees

Live in Portland. Learn from Portland. Graduate students at the Toulan School engage with the city inside and outside the classroom for both research and practice.

Because of our location within PSU’s College of Urban and Public Affairs (CUPA), graduate students in the Nohad A. Toulan School of Urban Studies & Planning have the ability to draw on the college’s myriad resources to strengthen and customize their Master’s degree program. In addition to the Portland leaders who serve as adjunct faculty, graduate students may work with PSU research centers such as the Institute on Aging, Center for Urban Studies, Population Research Center, and the Institute of Portland Metropolitan Studies

Urban issues such as transportation policy, globalization, family care, aging populations, access to food and health care, affordable housing and sustainable development face communities nationwide and around the world. Planners and problem-solvers are needed everywhere. 

The Nohad A. Toulan School of Urban Studies & Planning offers three high-value, career-oriented Master's degree programs and two dual degree programs:

  • Master of Urban and Regional Planning (MURP): The Urban and Regional Planning degree is a professional degree program designed for those interested in working as professional planners.
  • Master of Urban Studies (MUS): The Urban Studies program is an inter/multidisciplinary academic program designed for students interested in careers in public and non-profit management. 
  • Master of Real Estate Development (MRED): The Master of Real Estate Development program is a joint program with the School of Business that offers a multidisciplinary approach to real estate development that aims to create sustainable, healthy communities. 
  • Dual Degree Programs: Two dual degree programs are complementary with the MURP program: Public Health and Civil and Environment Engineering (with a transportation focus). With very careful planning, students may be able to complete both degrees in three years.


Learn more about admissions requirements for our graduate programs in Urban Studies and Planning: