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.
Our graduates also fare extremely well on the American Institute of Certified Planners (AICP) licensing exam. From 2004-2012, our MURP program:
• Had a pass rate of 82%, which is 10% 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: www.planning.org/certification/passrates (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.