24 months
1293 USD/credit 34911 USD/year
1293 USD/credit 34911 USD/year
474 USD/credit 12798 USD/year
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The Master of Urban and Regional Planning Program at the University of Colorado Denver has evolved to become one of the strongest planning programs in the United States. We offer a hands-on, real-world oriented program that uses Colorado as our classroom and engages students with top planning/design professionals and the community.


We believe that successful city-building requires expertise, breadth, interdisciplinary understanding, and creativity. As part of the Urban and Regional Planning Department, University of Colorado Denver's program looks beyond traditional professional silos and instead centers on issues at the forefront of planning practice. Our three program Pillars—Healthy Communities, Equitable Urbanism, and Regional Sustainability—form the basis of our research, instruction, and community outreach.


We encourage all students to follow their passion and develop expertise in the areas that matter most to them. Thus, we offer a unique, self-directed curriculum that allows students to understand the breadth of the planning field while gaining the technical expertise demanded by the profession.


Our world-class faculty includes some of the most respected researchers in the planning field, and our award-winning planning practitioners bring a wealth of experience to the classroom. All of our faculty make teaching a top priority.

Our presence in a College of Architecture and Planning ensures that our approach to planning education has a strong connection to design, and our location in the heart of downtown Denver presents our students with endless opportunities to learn what it takes to create amazing cities.

Program requirements

The total number of credit hours required to earn the Master of Urban and Regional Planning (MURP) degree is 54. To reach the 54 credit hour total, students must earn 36 credits by completing and passing the required core courses. Students must then earn an additional 18 credits by completing elective courses of their choice, with three (3) of those 18 consisting of an advanced skills/methods elective.

Programme Structure

Courses include:
  • Planning History and Theory
  • Planning Methods
  • Planning Law and Institutions
  • Urban Sustainability
  • Urban Development
  • Planning Workshop

Key information


  • Full-time
    • 24 months

Start dates & application deadlines

More details

For Fall 2022, late applications will be accepted until May 1, 2022, and will be reviewed on a space-available basis


54 SCH


On Campus

Academic requirements

GPA admission requirements GPA
GRE admission requirements GRE®

Other requirements

General requirements

  • Online application
  • Application fee ($50 for domestic applicants, $75 for international applicants)
  • A 2-3 page (double-spaced) statement of interest 
  • A resume that documents your educational and professional background
  • A sample of your academic writing, approximately 3-5 pages (double-spaced) long.
  • Three letters of recommendation. At least one of these should be from an academic reference
  • One official copy of your transcript from each institution you have attended EXCEPT study abroad institutions
  • Students admitted into this program must have completed an undergraduate degree before they will be able to begin this program.
  • Graduate Record Exam (GRE) scores are NOT required for the Urban and Regional Planning program unless your GPA is below 3.0, in which case you must submit GRE scores.

Tuition Fee

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  • International

    34911 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 1293 USD per credit during 24 months.
  • National

    34911 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 1293 USD per credit during 24 months.
  • In-State

    12798 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 474 USD per credit during 24 months.

Living costs for Denver

1310 - 2220 USD /month
Living costs

The living costs include the total expenses per month, covering accommodation, public transportation, utilities (electricity, internet), books and groceries.


Studyportals Tip: Students can search online for independent or external scholarships that can help fund their studies. Check the scholarships to see whether you are eligible to apply. Many scholarships are either merit-based or needs-based.

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