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.

Student Outcomes

A 2017 survey of MUP alumni graduating in 2016 found 100% were pleased or very pleased with their planning education at the GSD. For those surveyed in 2017 who had graduated 5 years previously, 92% were pleased or very pleased with their education. The MUP program surveys alumni from two time periods each year—1 year out and 5 years out.

What is the annual tuition for a full-time MUP student?

For the 2017-2018 academic year, tuition is $48,660. Health related and other required fees are $4,422. The total academic budget, including tuition, fees, living expenses and other costs is $74,574. Many MUP students receive financial aid and other support. For more information see the GSD Financial Aid page on annual costs.

What are the student retention and graduation rates?

One hundred percent of the class who entered in fall 2016 returned to the program for fall 2017. For those that entered in 2015, 100% returned the following year. The numbers for 2014 (98%), 2013 (100%), 2012 (100%), and 2011 (95%, with 2 leaves of absence) were also high.

For those who entered in 2011 and 2012, 100% of single-degree students graduated within four years. These are the latest data available for 4-year graduation rates.

Twenty-eight students graduated from the program in 2017, 39 in 2016, 33 in 2015, 39 in 2014, 41 in 2013, and 20 in 2012.

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 MUP students take advantage of the APA’s early career membership options.

How many MUP graduates pass the AICP exam?

Of people who graduated between May 2004 and May 2014, 36 took the AICP exam within five years of graduating. This included four 2014 graduates, three 2012 graduates, one 2011 graduate, eight 2010 graduates, one 2009 graduate, seven 2008 graduates, three 2007 graduates, four 2006 graduates, five 2005 graduates, and one 2004 graduate. The pass rate for 2011 was 0%, and for all other graduating years was 100%, for a total pass rate of 96%.

How are recent MUP graduates employed?

hen surveyed one year after graduation, respondents from the class of 2016 reported 100% employment in planning and related fields. When surveyed one year after graduation, the class of 2015 reported 100% employment in planning and related fields. Graduates for 2017 will be surveyed in summer 2018.

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?

For more information on what Harvard MUPs are doing, please visit the Urban Planning and Design Facebook page. And don’t forget to check out the student Q&A profiles.