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 survey of MUP alumni in 2016 found 100% were pleased or very pleased with their planning education at the GSD. For those who had graduated in the previous 6 years, nearly 100% were pleased or very pleased with their education.

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

For the 2016-2017 academic year, tuition is $47,240. 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?

100% of the class who entered in fall 2015 returned to the program for fall 2016. For those who entered in 2014, 98% returned the following year. For those who entered in 2013, 100% returned the following year. For those who entered in 2012, 100% returned the following year and 100% of single-degree students graduated within three years. For those who entered in 2011, 95% returned the following year (2 students took leaves of absence), and 100% of single-degree students graduated within three years.

39 students graduated from the program in 2016. In 2015, 33 students graduated. In 2014, 39 students graduated. In 2013, 41 students graduated. In 2012, 20 students graduated.

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?

Between May 2004 and May 2016, 31 graduates of the MUP program took the AICP exam within five years of graduating. One 2011 graduate, five 2010 graduates, six 2008 graduates, one 2007 graduate, two 2006 graduates, four 2005 graduates, four 2004 graduates, and three 2003 graduates took the exam within five years. 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?

When surveyed one year after graduation, respondents from the class of 2015 reported 100% employment in planning and related fields. The class of 2014 reported 99% employment in planning and related fields. 2016 graduates will be surveyed in summer 2017.

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.