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 (2015, 2016, and 2017), 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)
2015-2016 3.65
2016-2017 3.84

2017-18 Tuition and Fees
Wisconsin (in-state) residents, per full-time academic year: $11,988
Minnesota (reciprocity) residents, per full-time academic year: $17,988
Out-of-State students, per full-time academic year: $25,315


Student Retention Rate Percent
Percentage of degree-seeking Master’s students who began studies in Fall 2016 and continued into Fall 2017 100%


Student Graduation Rate Percent
Percentage of single-degree Master’s students graduating within 4 years, entering class of 2013 100%


Number of Degrees Awarded
Number of degrees awarded for the 2016-2017 academic year 18


AICP Certification Percent
Percentage of master’s graduates taking the AICP exam within 5 years who pass, graduating class of 2012 100%


Employment Percent
Percentage of fulltime graduates obtaining professional planning, planning-related or other positions within 12 months of graduation, graduating class of 2016 75%


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 2020.


MS URPL Strategic Plan