School of Urban & Regional Planning

Florida Atlantic University

5-Year Accelerated Program

The accelerated Master in Urban & Regional Planning allows students to earn both the undergraduate and graduate degrees in only 5 years. To be eligible, students should apply by the end of their junior year, have an undergraduate FAU GPA of 3.25 or better, and a letter of support from a full-time faculty member of SURP. Students meeting these criteria will NOT be required to take the GRE for admittance.

Accelerated Bachelor of Urban and Regional Planning (B.U.R.P) / Master of Urban and Regional Planning (M.U.R.P) Curriculum

This combined degree program leads to both bachelor’s and master’s degrees in Urban and Regional Planning. The program is to offer motivated exceptional students the opportunity to achieve their career goals in a more efficient "fast-track" program at Florida Atlantic University, completing B.U.R.P and the professional M.U.R.P in 5 years compared to the traditional 6 years. These students are provided opportunities to coordinate both required B.U.R.P and M.U.R.P core courses and emphasis area electives with graduate course equivalents to shorten the number of credit hours required for completing the two degrees without compromising the quality or scope.

Prerequisite Coursework for Transfer Students

Students transferring to Florida Atlantic University must complete both lower-division requirements (including the requirements of the Intellectual Foundations Program) and requirements for the college and major. Lower-division requirements may be completed through the A.A. degree from any Florida public college, university or community college or through equivalent coursework at another regionally accredited institution. Before transferring and to ensure timely progress toward the baccalaureate degree, students must also complete the prerequisite courses for their major as outlined in the Transfer Student Manual (see

All courses not approved by the Florida Statewide Course Numbering System that will be used to satisfy requirements will be evaluated individually on the basis of content and will require a catalog course description and a copy of the syllabus for assessment.

Admission Requirements and Academic Standing

Applications should be submitted to the Graduate College by July 1 of the student's junior year after earning 75 undergraduate credits. Admission decisions will be made prior to start of the applicant’s senior year.

Applicants must have a minimum undergraduate FAU GPA of 3.25 or above in order to be admitted to the Program. Once admitted, students must maintain a minimum GPA of 3.0.

The GRE will be waived for students admitted into this Program. Students will follow graduate application procedures as well as Departmental requirements for an admission into this Program. Applying students that have a minimum of 3.25 GPA, have earned at least a “B” in all B.U.R.P courses, provide a positive letter of support from a full-time SURP faculty member, and provide a strong letter of intent for graduate-level study will be eligible for admission.

Students must finish the entire 156 credits to obtain both Bachelor's and Master's degrees. These students will be conferred with two degrees once they complete the fifth year of this Program. Students will follow the requirements, policies and procedural guidelines of both B.U.R.P and M.U.R.P outlined in the University Catalog.

Students not accepted or not allowed to continue with this Program will complete the 120-credit B.U.R.P under the standard 4-year curriculum. These students may apply to any graduate program(s) for a more traditional time frame for entry following successful completion of their undergraduate degree.


Once admitted into the Program students shall follow the suggested course sequence, completing 108 undergraduate credits, 12 graduate credits as undergraduate electives, and additional 36 graduate credits in the M.U.R.P curriculum. In total the students will earn 156 credit hours to obtain both degrees. The design of the curriculum satisfies the 120 credit hour requirements for a bachelor’s degree and 48 graduate credit hours for M.U.R.P, with 12 graduate credit hours serving the requirements of both degrees.

Junior Year
URP 3000 Planning and Growth Management Fall 1 3
URP 4011 Planning Methods Fall 1 3
URP 4055 City Structure and Change Fall 1 3
  Undergraduate Elective Fall 1 3
  Undergraduate Elective Fall 1 3
    CREDITS 15
URP 4730 Capital Facilities Spring 1 3
URP 4343 Plan Making and Design Spring 1 3
URP 4254 Intro. To Visual Planning Technologies Spring 1 3
  Undergraduate Elective Spring 1 3
  Undergraduate Elective Spring 1 3
    CREDITS 15
Summer 1
  Undergraduate Elective Summer 1 3
  Undergraduate Elective Summer 1 3
URP 6873* Site Planning Summer 1 3
Senior Year
URP 4920 Planning Design Studio Fall 2 3
PAD 4223 Public Budgeting Fall 2 3
URP 6101 History and Theory of Planning Fall 2 3
URP 6270 Introduction to GIS in Planning Fall 2 3
    CREDITS 12
URP 4120 Planning Implementation Strategies Spring 2 3
URP 6603* Sustainable Cities Spring 2 3
URP 6XXX URP Specialization Spring 2 3
URP 6XXX URP Specialization Spring 2 3
    CREDITS 12
Summer 2
URP 6945* Planning Practicum Summer 2 3
  Undergraduate Elective Summer 2 3
  Graduate Elective Summer 2 3
Master Year 1
URP 6200 Planning Methods Fall 3 3
URP 6115 Urban Governance Fall 3 3
URP 6920 Planning Workshop I Fall 3 3
URP 6840 Urban and Regional Theory Fall 3 3
    CREDITS 12
URP 6881 Urban Design Spring 3 3
URP 6131 Legal Aspects of Planning Spring 3 3
URP 6310 Seminar in Urban Planning Spring 3 3
URP 6979* Planning Project Spring 3 3
    CREDITS 12
    TOTAL 96

* Graduate courses substituting undergraduate credits.

For questions pertaining to your application and admissions please contact Todd Hedrick ( or Fabio Rojas(

For specific questions about the BURP/MURP program and its curriculum please contact Dr. Dumbaugh, the MURP faculty coordinator, at