24 months
1300 USD/credit 20800 USD/year
1300 USD/credit 20800 USD/year
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The Master of Science in Urban Planning and Policy at Northeastern University trains students to work as urban planners in the public, private, and nonprofit sectors.


The Master of Science in Urban Planning and Policy (MUPP) at Northeastern University trains leaders interested in building just and sustainable solutions to today’s critical urban problems.

The program combines the expertise in urban planning, policy analysis, and data analytics from the School of Public Policy and Urban Affairs with expertise in physical planning, design, and data visualization from the School of Architecture. Its curriculum provides students with a solid foundation in research design and statistics, economic analysis, legal foundations planning, and the history of urban development and urban planning.

Students also specialize in one of four concentrations: Urban Design and Physical Planning; Urban Analytics; Urban Sustainability and Resilience; and Urban Development Policy and Planning.

Unique Features

  • Graduate students may also participate in Northeastern’s signature cooperative education experience program. Cooperative education is central to both the Northeastern experience and to the College of Social Sciences and Humanities experiential liberal arts framework. Northeastern’s signature co-op ecosystem provides qualified graduate students with six-month work experiences in businesses, nonprofits, and government agencies in Boston and across the United States. Graduate students take their work from campus learning spaces, apply their knowledge outside of the classroom, and then bring knowledge and skills gained in community learning spaces back to our campus learning spaces during the co-curricular experiential integration course.
  • Students in the MUPP program have opportunities to gain experience in the application of their knowledge and skills via internships, class projects, and a capstone research report. They graduate prepared for careers in state and local government, federal agencies, community development corporations and other nonprofit organizations, research institutes, and as private-sector planning consultants.
  • Students can add a graduate certificate to their degree to demonstrate specialized training in the nonprofit sector, urban studies, urban analytics, or public policy analysis. Courses taken to complete a certificate also count as MUPP elective credits. Students with an interest in a specific field may work with their academic advisor to identify elective courses relevant to their area of interest.

Programme Structure

Courses include:

  • Law and the City
  • The 21st-Century City: Urban Opportunities and Challenges in a Global Context
  • Economic Analysis for Policy and Planning
  • Topics in Urban Environmental Design
  • Design Tactics and Operations
  • Innovative Models in Real Estate Development and Design
  • Seminar in Modern Architecture
  • Information Design Studio 1: Principle
  • Visual Communication for Information Design

Key information


  • Full-time
    • 24 months

Start dates & application deadlines

More details
  • Domestic applicants only: April 15 (Summer)
  • Special Student applicants (non-international only): August 25 (Fall) / December 15 (Spring)


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Academic requirements

We are not aware of any academic requirements for this programme.

Other requirements

General requirements

  • Application
  • Application fee: U.S. $75.00
  • Personal statement
  • Unofficial transcripts from all institutions attended
  • Three letters of recommendation 
  • Resumé
  • English proficiency for international applicants

Tuition Fee

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  • International

    20800 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 1300 USD per credit during 24 months.
  • National

    20800 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 1300 USD per credit during 24 months.

Living costs for Boston

1560 - 3239 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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