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Urban planning offers significant and diverse opportunities to solve the complex problems of communities and to shape their built environments. This profession is uniquely dedicated to the quality of life affected by place, to visions and policy consequences that extend beyond the near term, and to problem solving that relies on multiple disciplines.

We offer two tracks for completing your degree:

  • a standard path if you’re new to urban planning and don’t already have a
    degree in this discipline
  • an accelerated path if you already have experience in the field
Graduate studies in urban planning disciplines are a great way to weave past career or education experience into a deeper understanding of our built and natural environments. From finance to grass roots community development, the MURP program at Ball State allows graduate students to explore the complex and ever-changing world of community renewal, real estate, and human interaction with our environment.
— Julie Collier, alumna, vice president of development at Flaherty & Collins

Program Highlights

  • physical planning
  • holistic approach
  • multicultural perspective
  • field-based practicum
  • learning community

Required Courses

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Our Faculty

At Ball State, students know their professors, and their professor know them. You will work closely with nationally recognized faculty who excel not only in the classroom but in the profession.

Get to know them.

If you’re pursuing a degree in planning for the first time, this two-year, 48-credit program is for you.

The standard track is also for students already in the workforce.

For course descriptions and complete information on program requirements, please consult the Ball State University Graduate Catalog.

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Our Faculty

You will never be a number at Ball State. You will work closely with nationally recognized faculty who excel not only in the classroom but in the professional field.

Get to know them.

This one-year, 36-credit course of study is for students who’ve earned a bachelor’s degree in planning, accredited by the Planning Accreditation Board. The program leads to a second professional degree that hones your implementation skills of planning and develops further specialization.

For course descriptions and complete information on program requirements, please consult the Ball State University Graduate Catalog

Career Readiness

By completing a required internship with a professional planning or land development firm, you will learn new skills and make new connections that will help you achieve. Learn more

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What Can You Do with a Master’s Degree in Urban Planning?

With a master’s degree from Ball State’s Department of Urban Planning, you’ll get a high return on your investment. Our alumni go on to work for nonprofits, land development and professional service firms, planning and housing agencies, and community development agencies. And we offer plenty of career-related resources to get you there. Explore careers.

Paying for Your Education

Graduate Assistantships in the Department

Pay for school through meaningful, relevant work you’ll do closely with our expert faculty. Learn more.

Scholarships for Our Students

On top of the dozens of university scholarships you may apply for, the College of Architecture and Planning offers several to its own students. Search our scholarships.

Ready to Apply?

Applying to our master of urban and regional planning program is a two-part process. You’ll need to apply to Ball State’s Graduate School as well as the program itself.

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