Department of Urban & Regional Planning
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The URP Program

The Department of Urban and Regional Planning offers:

  • a two-year graduate program leading to the degree of Master in Urban and Regional Planning (MURP), and our faculty participates in the College of Design, Construction and Planning’s Doctor of Philosophy degree by teaching courses, advising, and serving as chair and members of student doctoral committees.
  • the option of completing concurrent degrees with graduate programs throughout UF, a joint degree with the Levin College of Law, a combined degree with undergraduate programs at the University of Florida, and various graduate certificates and interdisciplinary concentrations.
  • an undergraduate and a graduate minor in Urban and Regional Planning, for students interested in learning the basics of the planning profession.


The Department was established in 1975 in the College of Design, Construction and Planning (then called the College of Architecture). Although, the earliest courses in planning at the University of Florida were taught in the College of Agriculture’s Landscape Design program, beginning in 1927. More than 80 years later, the significant connections between landscape architecture and urban and regional planning, especially with regards to technology, sustainability, and design, would culminate in the creation of the School of Landscape Architecture and Planning.

In 1978, the Department received its first Certificate of Accreditation from the Planning Accreditation Board (PAB) of the American Institute of Certified Planners and the Association of Collegiate Schools of Planning, and was granted its sixth Certificate of Accreditation in 2012. This certificate is the highest recognition given to graduate planning programs. More recently, Planetizen ranked our program seventeenth in the nation and fourth in the Southeast in its 2012 list of the top planning schools.