Master of Urban Planning and Development

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Student Achievement:

Andrew R. Thomas
Executive-in-Residence, Energy Policy Center, Cleveland State University
Client, 2018 MUPD Capstone Studio

"The Energy Policy Center collaborated with graduate planning students to develop a strategy for deploying a microgrid in downtown Cleveland, Ohio. Microgrids use local generation, storage and smart control devices to island the system off of the main grid during weather and other disturbances, thereby ensuring electricity delivery reliability. The capstone project supported a feasibility study commissioned by the Cleveland Foundation and undertaken by experts from Cleveland State University, Case Western Reserve University, Cuyahoga County and the City of Cleveland. The students used a wide range of skills to develop system deployment models, including identification of land use strategies, business structures, cost and finance models, regulatory policy and potential customers (including surveys). Importantly, the students provided valuable economic development and fiscal analysis to the project. The research was presented to the Cleveland Foundation, Cuyahoga County, the City of Cleveland and other stake holders, and ultimately incorporated into a series of reports. The capstone research has been very useful for understanding the opportunity for the County and the City to position the region for leadership in the future data-based economy and in environmental sustainability."

Jeff Markley
Bainbridge Township Board of Trustees
Partner, 2017 MUPD Capstone Studio

“On behalf of the Bainbridge Township Board of Trustees, thank you for a very informative and enlightening research project on the Geauga Lake property. The students’ presentations were well-done and nicely rehearsed, allowing for an efficient and educational experience for all who were in attendance. The Board very much appreciated the hard work, dedication, interest, and passion your students demonstrated and it truly shows in the final work product. It is our sincere hope that the future owner(s) of that property will be as interested in the research findings as we are and utilize your students’ information for the good of the property and the two communities of Bainbridge and Aurora!”

Deanna Bremer Fisher
Executive Director, FutureHeights and Publisher, Heights Observer
Client, 2016 MUPD Capstone Studio
"FutureHeights was delighted to work with Viking Planners on a Revitalization Plan for the Cedar Lee Business District. The students conducted thorough research and worked with a variety of stakeholders to give us several potential new initiatives that will help us revitalize the district. Cedar Lee is currently going through a $3.3 million streetscape project that will include new crosswalks, lighting and bicycle amenities. Cleveland Heights High School, which is located at the intersection of Cedar and Lee Roads, is also going through a comprehensive renovation. The work that the students completed will enable us to work with our partners to seek funding for branding, marketing and other streetscape amenities, as well as attract private investment for several potential development sites. The study has enabled us and our partners to view the district in a new light. This is what urban planning looks like!"

MUPD Exit Survey Results
Exit surveys of graduating MUPD classes consistently show significant improvements for the students between entering the program and upon graduation in all of the Planning Accreditation Board’s knowledge, skills, and values requirements for accredited urban planning programs. According to recent MUPD graduates, the best aspects of the MUPD program are connections to Northeast Ohio’s professional planning community, engaged learning opportunities, knowledgeable and engaged faculty, affordability and location in downtown Cleveland.

Tuition and Fees

2018-2019 Academic Year

Tuition per Credit Hour


Total for Full-Time MUPD Students/Semester
(12 credit hours)

Total for Full-Time MUPD Students/Year
(24 credit hours)





$ 13,090.80

Out-of-State (Domestic)




$ 22,375.20

Out-of-State (International)





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Student Retention

% of MUPD students who began in Fall 2017 and continued in Fall 2018


% of MUPD students who began in Fall 2016 and continued in Fall 2017


% of MUPD students who began in Fall 2015 and continued in Fall 2016


% of MUPD students who began in Fall 2014 and continued in Fall 2015


% of MUPD students who began in Fall 2013 and continued in Fall 2014


Graduation Rates

% of single-degree MUPD students graduating within 4 years, entering class of 2014


% of single-degree MUPD students graduating within 4 years, entering class of 2013


% of single-degree MUPD students graduating within 4 years, entering class of 2012


% of single-degree MUPD students graduating within 4 years, entering class of 2011


% of single-degree MUPD students graduating within 4 years, entering class of 2010


Number of degrees awarded, 2017-2018 academic year = 9
Number of degrees awarded, 2016-2017 academic year = 22
Number of degrees awarded, 2015-2016 academic year = 18
Number of degrees awarded, 2014-2015 academic year = 15
Number of degrees awarded, 2013-2014 academic year = 15

Overall pass rate of graduates taking the AICP Exam between 2005-May 2017: 74% (39 MUPD graduates took the exam, 29 passed)

Professional Certification by Graduating Class
(% of MUPD graduates taking the exam within five years who pass)


Pass Rate

# of Graduates Who 
Took the AICP Exam

# of Graduates Who
Passed the AICP Exam

2015 Graduates




2014 Graduates




2013 Graduates




2012 Graduates




2011 Graduates




*AICP Exam pass rate data are collected by the APA. For a complete list of pass rates for all PAB-accredited institutions see:

One Year Post-Graduation Employment Rates by Graduating Class


AY 2013-2014 Graduates

AY 2014-2015 Graduates*

AY 2015-2016 Graduates

AY 2016-2017 Graduates






Response Rate





Employed in Planning Job





Employed in Planning-Related Job





Pursuing Advanced Degree





Total Employed in Planning or Planning-Related Job





*Although 15 students earned the MUPD degree in 2014-2015, only 14 were surveyed due to the passing of one alum.

Additional Graduate Employment Data:
Almost half of the 50 MUPD graduates from AY 2009-2010 and 2010-2011 responded to an employment survey. Of those respondents, 23 were employed, 22 in planning or planning-related jobs. 15 graduates from AY 2011-2012 and 2012-2013 responded to a five-year post-graduation employment survey. Of those respondents, 10 (75%) were employed in planning or planning-related jobs and one was pursuing an advanced degree in planning.

Alumni Satisfaction with Job Preparation
2013: Of 21 alumni surveyed, 8 responded: 5 were satisfied, 3 were dissatisfied.
2012: Of 15 alumni surveyed, 10 responded: 6 were satisfied, 4 were dissatisfied.

Employer Satisfaction with Graduates
In 2014, ten Cleveland-area employers of various types were surveyed about their satisfaction with MUPD graduates whom they have hired. Of the half that responded, four were "Very Satisfied" and one was "Satisfied" with the preparation/training of the MUPD graduates. All were "Very Satisfied" with the job performance of the MUPD graduates.