MS URPL Public Information


The Planning Accreditation Board requires this information be posted for the MS Urban and Regional Planning program.

Student Achievement

As a demonstration of planning knowledge, students are required to complete a written professional project or thesis and orally present the results of their work prior to graduation. Students also present a poster version of their project at an annual MS Project Forum. Over the last three-year period (2018, 2019, and 2020), students have had a 100% pass rate of their competency requirement (the thesis or professional project). Students also participate in an applied workshop learning experience and produce professional planning reports. The average GPA of the graduating student body for a given academic year can be found in the table below:

Average GPA of URPL Class GPA (on a 4-pt scale)
2017–2018 3.77
2018–2019 3.81
2019–2020 3.78

2020–2021 Tuition and Fees
Wisconsin (in-state) residents, per full-time academic year: $12,200
Minnesota (reciprocity) residents, per full-time academic year: $19,052
Out-of-State students, per full-time academic year: $25,526


Student Retention Rate Percent
Percentage of degree-seeking Master’s students who began studies in Fall 2019 and continued into Fall 2020 100%


Student Graduation Rate Percent
Percentage of single-degree Master’s students graduating within 4 years, entering class of 2016 100%


Number of Degrees Awarded
Number of degrees awarded for the 2019–2020 academic year 14


AICP Certification Percent
Percentage of master’s graduates taking the AICP exam within 5 years who pass, graduating class of 2015 100%


Employment Percent
Percentage of fulltime graduates obtaining professional planning, planning-related or other positions within 12 months of graduation, graduating class of 2019 100%


The Master of Science in Urban and Regional Planning was first established at the University of Wisconsin–Madison in 1944. Since 1955, this program has been recognized by the American Planning Association. We are fully accredited by the Planning Accreditation Board through 2022.


MS URPL Strategic Plan