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Quick Facts

  • 63 - Number of undergraduates who earned a degree 2015-16
  • 56 - Number of MPA graduates in 2015-16
  • 57 - Number of MNM graduates in 2015-16
  • 5 - Number of M.S.-URP graduates in 2015-16
  • 17 - National ranking of the MNM program by U.S. News and World Report
  • 63 - National ranking of the M.P.A. program by U.S. News and World Report
  • 13 - Number of MRA graduates in 2015-16
  • 193 - Total number of degrees awarded by SPA in 2015-16

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School of Public Administration
College of Health and Public Affairs
University of Central Florida

4364 Scorpius Street
Orlando, FL 32816-1395

Phone: 407-823-2604
Fax: 407-823-5651

Master of Science in Urban and Regional Planning

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Build Your Career

With a Master of Science in Urban and Regional Planning from UCF, you will have the opportunity to build your career in a rapidly growing field of public service.

The master's degree consists of 48 credit hours, some of which can be completed online. Evening classes are also available, to accommodate the busy schedules of working professionals. Students will have the opportunity to take the following classes, among others:

  • Urban Design
  • Land Use and Planning Law
  • Transportation Policy
  • Planning Healthy Communities
  • Managing Community and Economic Development

Students must also complete the capstone course, the M.S.URP Studio, through which students complete a service learning project that allows them to collect and analyze data and make recommendations for planning. This past academic year, students created a green infrastructure plan in conjunction with the City of Wildwood's Parks and Recreation Department.

Want more information on this program? Visit the UCF Graduate Catalog or take a look at our fact sheet for more details. If you're ready to apply, please visit the College of Graduate Studies' website to start the process.

Fast Facts

  • Cost, including tuition and fees, of the M.S.URP for a full-time students for one academic year: $8,871.60 (estimated 24 credit hours per year).
  • Average student retention rate: 76 (does not exclude student dropouts or dismissals and does not differentiate between full-time and part-time status).
  • Average graduation rate: 60% (based on student graduates through May 2016).
  • Degrees produced by year:
    • 2013: 11
    • 2014: 8
    • 2015: 10
    • 2016: 5
  • Average percent of students graduating within four years: 47%
  • M.S.-URP graduation rate based on year admitted:
    • 2010-11: 70%
    • 2011-12: 33%
    • 2012-13: 80%
    • 2013-14: Data not yet available
  • M.S.-URP students who pass the AICP exam within three years after graduation: 100%
  • Average employment rate of M.S.-URP graduates in a planning or planning-related job within one year of graduation: 79%

*The M.S.URP program defines student achievement as at least 50 percent of graduates being actively engaged in positive planned social change through employment in a planning or planning-related job in the public, private or nonprofit sector within one year of graduation.


The hallmark of our work is our strong community engagement.
— Mary Ann Feldheim,  Ph.D., Associate Professor
"The University of Central Florida was a valuable preparation for both graduate school and for the world of work within the field of public affairs."
— Ben Hagen,  B.S. in public administration, '10; Research and Communications Associate, New Economy Project
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