24 months
683 USD/credit 24588 USD/year
683 USD/credit 24588 USD/year
456 USD/credit 16416 USD/year
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The Master of Urban and Regional Planning program from Portland State University educates planning professionals, able to make plans and also to become leaders in the field. 

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The students engage in practice from the moment they join us, and we use the real planning issues and processes of our region, state, and bioregion as the basis for much of our teaching and research. Experiential learning is an integral component of the program, which requires an internship and a workshop project that is client‐focused, community‐based, and culminates in a professional product to serves as a capstone to the program.

The Master of Urban and Regional Planning program from Portland State University is a two‐year, 72 credit professional degree program designed for those interested in working as professional planners. Our core curriculum focuses on the history and theory of planning as a field, plan implementation, analytical methods, and the dynamics of metropolitan development. MURP students have the opportunity to customize their education to meet particular scholastic and professional objectives. Each student also chooses a pathway that allows them to specialize in fields such as Community Development, Economic Development, Environment, Land Use, and Transportation.


  • Our employment rates one year after graduation are regularly around 90%.
  • Median salaries one year out for MURP graduates are usually $50,000 - $60,000.
  • About half of our grads go into the public sector, 40% into the private sector (e.g., planning consulting firms, developers), and 10% into the non-profit sector.
  • About two-thirds of MURP graduates stay in the Portland metro region; about three-quarters stay in the Pacific Northwest.

Programme Structure

Courses include:

  • History and Theory of Planning
  • Dynamics of Planning Practice
  • Participatory Planning
  • Geographic Information Systems (GIS) for Planners
  • Planning Methods 
  • Negotiation in the Public Sector
  • Economics: Applications in Urban Studies
  • Design Analysis in Planning
  • Legal Processes in Urban Planning

Key information


  • Full-time
    • 24 months

Start dates & application deadlines


72 SCH


On Campus

Academic requirements

GPA admission requirements GPA
GRE admission requirements GRE®

Other requirements

General requirements

  • To be considered for regular admission, applicants must have a minimum undergraduate GPA of 2.75 or the equivalent (on the U.S. 4.0 scale) from the degree granting institution(s). Applicants who have earned 9 or more letter-graded graduate credits must have a minimum graduate GPA of 3.0 or the equivalent; this graduate GPA supersedes the undergraduate GPA. 
  • Copies of official degree certificate/diploma
  • Certified translation of transcripts
  • Financial documentation demonstrating adequate financial support for at least the first year of study

Tuition Fee

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  • International

    24588 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 683 USD per credit during 24 months.
  • National

    24588 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 683 USD per credit during 24 months.
  • In-State

    16416 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 456 USD per credit during 24 months.

Living costs for Portland

1271 - 2262 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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