The Department of Urban and Public Affairs offers a Master of Urban Planning (MUP) degree in cooperation with the Department of Geography and Geosciences. The MUP Program prepares students to work in a wide variety of fields, including land use and environmental planning, housing and community development, real estate development, parks and recreation planning, economic development, urban design, historic preservation, transportation planning, regional planning, and in the development of geographic information systems. With the continuing expansion of Louisville and the nation's other metropolitan areas, urban planning is one of the leading professional fields in terms of demand and job satisfaction, according to surveys by Jobs Rated Almanac and Encyclopedia of Careers and Vocational Guidance. The MUP program is fully accredited by the Planning Accreditation Board.
Students can specialize in one or two of four areas: land use and environmental planning; administration of planning organizations; spatial analysis for planning; and housing and community development. Students have the opportunity to benefit from working on real planning problems through the required internship and studio courses. Studio courses are taught at the Urban Design Studio (UDS), located in downtown Louisville and operated by the MUP Program. The UDS serves as a classroom, meeting point, resource base, and exhibition space. Professors and practitioners cultivate various research endeavors throughout the year and periodically join forces on special issues. The UDS frequently holds planning and design charrettes and discussion forums that help increase the level of public involvement. It is a wonderful asset and resource of the Department of Urban and Public Affairs.
The MUP degree requires 48 hours (two years of full-time study or the equivalent in part-time study), although up to 12 hours of relevant graduate course work may be transferred into the program. Students may enroll on a part-time or full-time basis. A Master of Public Administration/Master of Urban Planning joint-degree, Master of Urban Planning/Juris Doctor joint-degree, and Master of Urban Planning/Master of Public Health joint-degree programs are available.
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