While the MUP program at the GSD is by no means defined by its numbers, metrics can help illustrate the strengths of the program. We expect to add to the information on this page, so check back if you don’t see your question answered here.
A survey of MUP alumni in 2012 found that 99 percent were pleased or very pleased with their planning education at the GSD. Of those who had graduated in the previous 5 years 100 percent were pleased or very pleased with their education.
What is the annual tuition for a full-time MUP student?
For the 2012-2013 academic year, tuition and fees totaled $43,678. Many MUP students receive financial aid and other support.
What are the student retention and graduation rates?
For the class of 2012, 95% of the entering class graduated within three years, with a total of 20 graduates. For 2011, 94% graduated in three years, a total of 31. For 2010, 96% graduated in three years, a total of 26, and in 2009, 100% graduated in three years, for a total of 20 graduates.
How many MUP faculty and students are members of the APA?
All MUP tenured and tenure-track level faculty are members of the APA. A majority of MUPs take advantage of the APA’s student membership options.
How many MUP graduates pass the AICP exam?
For those graduates who have taken the exam in the past four years, the pass rate is 86.5%.
How are recent MUP graduates employed?
For the class of 2011, 81% reported being employed as professional planners or in planning-related professions when surveyed 18 months after graduation.
When surveyed six months after graduation, the class of 2012 reported 78% employment in planning and related fields.
What kinds of awards and recognitions have students in the MUP program received? What else are Harvard MUPs accomplishing at the GSD and in their communities?
Read about some of the work and accomplishments of current students and recent graduates:
- A GSD team won the Massachusetts chapter of the American Planning Association’s 2012 Student Project Award
- Alphonse Lembo (MUP ’10) and other GSD alums won a major bid for innovative micro-housing in New York City
- A MUP alumni team took third prize in the Pruitt Igoe Now competition
- Several MUPs won GSD community service fellowships
- MUPs held Park(ing) Day, taking over a street parking space as a mini park for a day
- Molly Turner (MUP ’11) helped match housing hosts to those left homeless by Hurricane Sandy
- HUPO and MUP students in a design studio held a public community art event in December 2012
- MUPs attended the Southern New England American Planning Association conference in Hartford, Connecticut
- Bikenapped!, a MUP design studio project, brought attention and a possible solution to the issue of bike theft
- MUPS represented the GSD in design studio field trips across the globe, from New York City to Israel to Burkina Faso