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College of Architecture and Planning University of Colorado Denver

College of Architecture & Planning


College of Architecture and Planning

​​As the only accredited graduate planning program in Colorado and as the preeminent program in the Rocky Mountain West, we have a proud history of graduating exceptionally qualified individuals who achieve success in a variety of positions and careers. Since our founding in 1971, we have produced over 1,200 MURP graduates that today are working throughout the United States and around the world.

A few alumni positions include:

Transportation Planner                                 Community Planner

Small-town Planner                                       World Bank Urban Planning Consultant

Solar Farm Project Planner                           Real Estate Market Analyst

Park Planner                                                 Housing Division Director 

City Planner                                                  City Manager 

Growth Management Planner                       Principal Comprehensive Planner 

Professor of City and Regional Planning      Public Art Director 

Planning Consultant                                     County Planning Director

Director of Natural Resources                      Environmental Project Manager

GIS Program Specialist                                 Director of Community Development


Our students graduate ready to work.

Job placement is very important to us, as a professional program. As of April 2013, 60% of May and August 2012 graduates report they are currently working in a full-time planning-related job. 80% of survey respondents report being satisfied or very satisfied with how well the MURP program prepared them for their current position.

We have one of the highest AICP exam pass rates in the country.

Our graduates perform extremely well on the American Institute of Certified Planners (AICP) licensing exam. From 2008-12, MURP program graduates:

  • Had an exam pass rate of 90%, which is 18% higher than the national average
  • Ranked 3rd out of 96 accredited programs in total number of alumni who have passed the exam
  • Had many students pass the exam within three years of graduation: 27% in 2006, 11% in 2007, 29% in 2008 and 12% in 2009

[Source:​ (accessed November 5, 2013)]​

We keep costs down.

In 2012-13, the total annual cost (tuition plus fees) for a full-time resident student was $9,472. 

For a full-time non-resident the cost was $24,580. Our thoughtful schedule and self-directed curriculum allow our students to work part-time in professional jobs or internships during the academic year. Additionally, non-resident students are eligible for residency after one year of living in Colorado. 

Finally, we are a member of the WICHE-WRGP program​, which allows any MURP student who is a resident of one of the 15 Western member states to qualify for Colorado resident tuition for their entire time in the MURP program. 

Our program is thriving. 

The MURP program at CU Denver has existed for 42 years and counts over 1,200 alumni working in Colorado and around the world. Each year we graduate several dozen MURP students: 38 (2009), 47 (2010), 69 (2011) and 58 (2012). 

From 2007-10, our one-year retention rate averaged 88%. Although a good portion of MURP students attend part-time, 87% of students joining the program in 2007 and 2008 graduated within four years.   

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