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MUP Graduate Degree

Our goal is to produce the next generation of urban leaders, thinkers, innovators, and practitioners. As planners, we tackle the most important challenges facing us today, such as climate change; sustainability and resilience; social equity, empowerment, and justice; housing, transportation, infrastructure, and food security; cultural and community development; and public health and wellness. From the local to the global level, we believe that in an increasingly urban, diverse, and interconnected world our mission is to be at the forefront of positive change, shaping not only how we live today but also who we become tomorrow.

Top 4 Reasons to Choose the MUP Program at UW:

The Curriculum

Our fully accredited MUP curriculum covers planning history and theory, technical skills and knowledge, and in our popular studio courses, the practical hands-on experience needed to be a successful practicing planner or designer. Students can also study abroad in China, South Korea, India, or Europe; participate in concurrent degree programs with Landscape Architecture, Public Policy, and Public Health; and draw on the resources of the entire University of Washington, one of the top U.S. research universities. The proof of our success is our alumni—in a recent survey, 92% of our alumni respondents reported securing a planning-related job within one year of graduation.

Our Community

We are particularly proud of our strong and inclusive student community. We have an active student council, a large diversity committee, and a Young Planners Group affiliated with the American Planning Association (APA). As a top planning school, we draw on students from all over the U.S. and the world who bring perspectives and experiences that enrich our classroom discussions and collaborative work. Not only will you learn from your peers here, you will also make lifelong friends and professional connections.

Connection to Professionals

As a planner, you will need to build a professional network. Our Professionals Council will help with that. Recognized as a national model, the Professionals Council is a group of regional practitioners who volunteer their time to mentor our students. From office tours to resume-writing clinics, to social events and networking opportunities, the Professionals Council is a unique resource that will help you bridge the gap from graduate school to your first professional position.

Our Location

One of our greatest educational assets is the city of Seattle itself. Seattle is a city defined by innovation and extraordinary natural beauty. It is also one of the fastest-growing urban hubs in the U.S. and a national planning leader. We have a rich neighborhood culture, a rapidly growing multi-modal transportation system, and some of the most advanced sustainability practices in the country. It is hard to imagine a better urban environment for studying planning – or a more promising one for your future career.

Please visit “Why I Chose UW” to discover why students just like you chose the UW for their planning education.