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    the Wisconsin Student Planning Association WSPA by purchasing URPL apparel Orders are due by the end of January 2016 Mixed transportation on University Avenue Madison WI Music Hall home of the Department of Urban Regional Planning Previous Pause Next Home Group About Us For over 50 years we in the Department of Urban and Regional Planning have been active in the core missions of teaching research and outreach Since inception in the 1960s we have granted roughly 1200 graduate degrees and forwarded a progressive and interdisciplinary approach to the theory and practice of planning As a department of both the College of Letters and Science and the College of Agricultural and Life Sciences our faculty affiliates and students provide links between the array of academic disciplines and knowledge bases necessary to address key planning problems found in the real world Overall the program has evolved through six phases each with its own administrative and curricular structure To learn about how the past shaped the mission and goals of URPL today read The History of the Department of Urban and Regional Planning News Prof Harvey M Jacobs was featured in the October 27th edition of Inside UW Madison Assoc Prof Alfonso

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  • Why URPL at UW-Madison? | Urban & Regional Planning
    S News and World Report ranked planning as one of the Best Careers in both 2009 and 2010 The U S Department of Labor s Bureau of Labor Statistics projects in the 2010 2011 Occupational Outlook Handbook that employment in urban and regional planning will grow faster than average when compared to other occupations To learn more about the planning profession and what role planners assume in the community upon graduation see the What is Planning piece composed by the American Planning Association a professional member based organization for planners The Association of Collegiate Schools of Planning ACSP also produces an annual publication Choosing a Career in Urban and Regional Planning which is a career guide to help prospective students start a career in planning by listing the accredited planning schools describing a planner s daily responsibilities and more The Curriculum In our master s degree program students complete a set of foundational courses that build competence in the following knowledge areas for a successful career in the government nonprofit or private sector Structure and function of cities and regions History and theory of planning processes and practice Administrative legal and political aspects of plan making Public involvement and dispute resolution techniques Research design and data analysis techniques Written oral and graphic communication skills Ethics of professional practice Collaborative approaches to problem solving Students individualize their programs of study developing expertise in an area of specialization that reflect specific professional aspirations and intellectual interests In the elective coursework that cultivates an area of specialization students work with URPL faculty and faculty in other departments programs and centers This cross college collaboration further strengthens the already robust relationships of the various departments with the knowledge their colleagues share many of the same passions and drive of the Wisconsin Idea Real World Experience Each fall a planning workshop course offers graduate students training in planning practice As a class students work as consultants on a specific project chosen by the faculty for clients in the community This is an opportunity for students to address applied planning problems and develop working relationships with professional planners in the field Also students are required to complete an internship which is typically taken between the first and second year The purpose of the internship is to give the student a sense of the operation of planning related organizations and to give students one or more experience s in analyzing and preparing recommendations on planning issues within the constraints imposed by working for a government private nonprofit or planning related agency The Master of Science Degree in Urban and Regional Planning is primarily intended to be a professional degree and most students ultimately pursue careers as practicing planners Therefore students are required to write a Thesis or undertake a Professional Project and develop a Professional Project report to graduate This report is presented and defended before a faculty examination committee composed of the student s advisor and one additional faculty member and the public at large The

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  • How to Apply | Urban & Regional Planning
    have an interest in a particular concentration you should discuss that if you have planning or planning related experience this should also be discussed The statement of purpose should be attached to the electronic application to the Graduate School Three 3 Letters of Recommendation Three letters of reference from people who know your academic or professional work Letters are submitted through your electronic application to the Graduate School When you put in the names and email addresses of your recommenders they will receive an email instructing them how to submit their letter You can send reminder emails through the electronic application portal to your recommenders if for some reason they misplace this email Official Transcripts Send official transcripts or academic records from each institution attended International academic records must be in the original language accompanied by an official English translation Documents must be issued by the school with the official seal stamp and official signatures Documents issued to the student are not considered official Transcripts should be sent to the Department of Urban and Regional Planning NOT to the Graduate School The Department of Urban and Regional Planning at UW Madison only requires you send one official copy of your transcripts Please have each academic institution send official transcripts to Emily Reynolds 110 Music Hall 925 Bascom Mall Department of Urban Regional Planning University of Wisconsin Madison Madison WI 53706 GRE Scores Submission of results from the Graduate Record Exam GRE is required GRE scores can take six weeks to transfer from ETS to the department so take the test well in advance of the application deadline The department only accepts electronic GRE scores sent directly from ETS Use ETS institution code 1846 There is no department code For information on the GRE go to http www gre org ttindex

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  • Deadlines | Urban & Regional Planning
    Publications Student Projects Resources Lecture Series Career Job Board Employment Resources Professional Development For Employers Alumni Get Connected Meet the ARC Support the Department Connections Newsletter Admissions How to Apply Deadlines FAQ Financial Aid Visit the Department Academics People Research Outreach Career Alumni Home Admissions Deadlines Deadlines Students may apply for admission to the program beginning with either the Fall semester or the Spring semester As a general policy however most students will be admitted for the Fall semester so that they can follow the typical course of study Fall Semester The deadline for all applicants for the Fall semester both master s and Ph D is March 1 Late applications will be considered if space allows Spring Semester For admission in the Spring semester applications must be submitted by October 15 Students will be admitted for Spring semester only as space allows Fellowship Deadlines Ph D applicants interested in being eligible for nomination for a University Fellowship must apply by January 1 The deadline for the Advanced Opportunity Fellowship AOF is February 1 Students do not apply for this fellowship information submitted by applying to the program will determine if a student is eligible or not for consideration Admissions

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  • Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ) | Urban & Regional Planning
    Korea Spain Sudan Taiwan Tanzania Thailand and Venezuela The department s faculty are accustomed to working with international students and encourage such students to relate course work and assignments to the situations and problems of their own countries On group projects efforts are made to ensure that international and American students interact and learn Several seminars on planning in developing countries are offered It has been the experience of the department that the success of an international student enrolled in its program depends heavily upon possession of a good working knowledge of English While special courses are available to aid international students in improving their abilities in English and while the Department s faculty are understanding of the problems of comprehension and reading that visiting students often face a certain basic competency in English is absolutely mandatory Those prospective applicants who do not feel comfortable with working in the English language are strongly urged to consider further language study before applying for admission into the department s program As an international student will I need to submit a financial statement You do not need to provide a financial statement until you are accepted at which time the Graduate School requires a notarized financial statement as well as proof of funds for study If you are accepted they will contact you through the application asking for this and sending you the link to the document They will not send you an I 20 until they have this See more information here Can I take courses as a Special Student prior to being admitted to the program Special Students are those not admitted to the Department or to the Graduate School Sometimes students who wish to enter the program begin as Special Students Generally they take a minimum of 9 hours of graduate level courses before their case is reviewed independent study and research credits are not acceptable to fulfill this requirement Students may begin as Special Students but this will not guarantee acceptance as regular degree candidates they could be passed over for more qualified students Courses taken as a Special Student can be taken in a single semester or cumulatively They do not count toward graduate residence credit but may be counted toward degree course credit The Master s Program Committee will not accept as transfer credit more than 12 credits of work taken as a Special Student The Master s Program Committee does not necessarily guarantee that all credits up to 12 taken as a Special Student will be accepted as transfer credit All courses accepted for transfer credit must have a B or better The decision as to what will be transferred will be made by the Master s Program Committee on the recommendation of the student s advisor and must be based on information indicating that the courses for which transfer credit is given fit logically into the student s overall program Can I be admitted to the program if my undergraduate GPA is less than 3

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  • Financial Aid | Urban & Regional Planning
    year scholarship offered by the Department through a generous endowment established by the Wisconsin Chapter of the American Planning Association The award is based on demonstrated financial need scholarship and community service The scholarship is only available to Wisconsin residents who are graduates of a Wisconsin public high school Richard B Andrews Scholarship This scholarship was established in memory of Emeritus Professor Richard Andrews Professor Andrews was a nationally known urban and regional planner who retired in 1981 He held appointments in the Department of Urban Regional Planning and the Department of Real Estate and Urban Land Economics in the UW School of Business The scholarship award goes to an outstanding student in need of financial support Born Environmental Scholarship This fund established in honor of Emeritus Professor Stephen Born is used to support graduate students in Urban and Regional Planning and Environmental Studies doing work related to water and environmental planning and policy scholarly activity and participating in civic engagement with conservation organizations in Wisconsin the United States and internationally Jerome Kaufman Scholarship This fund was established by the Department in honor of Emeritus Professor Jerry Kaufman upon his retirement The fund is intended to support scholarships for graduate student study in urban and regional planning in issues related to older American cities food systems and social justice and equity Loula D Lasker Scholarship This scholarship is intended to support an outstanding student in need of financial support National Scholarships Fellowships The American Planning Association and many of the divisions within the APA offer scholarships and fellowships targeted at planning students The APA also has information about scholarships and fellowships offered by other planning related organizations Many federal and non federal agencies administer fellowship programs which cover the cost of tuition and fees and a stipend for graduate studies Additional information on these fellowships and others can be obtained from the Graduate School or from the applicant s undergraduate institution Project and Research Assistantships A limited number of research and project assistantships are available to planning students to work on grant funded research projects Recipients of assistantships must be able to perform the required duties and must have either some practical planning experience or have completed a year or more of graduate work in planning Faculty with research projects hire students to assist them for an academic year or on a semester or summer basis Assistants receive a salary based on the time they devote to the project and pay only resident fees Students whose work on a faculty research project meets the requirements for a Master s or doctoral thesis will be appointed as a research assistant The qualifications for the selection of both research and project assistants are determined by the faculty in charge of the research Students are not restricted to projects within the planning department and are encouraged to apply for assistantships offered by other academic departments and the University of Wisconsin Extension A detailed list of assistantships currently available at various departments around the

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  • Visit the Department | Urban & Regional Planning
    the city by bus students and faculty enjoy a close proximity to the museums libraries theatres and cultural institutions Furthermore the many lakes trails bike paths parks and open spaces serve as unique places for outdoor recreation Madison s governmental and cultural institutions provide a laboratory for the study of architecture urbanism and food systems unequalled by any other location in the United States Likewise the resources of state regional and local governments and the expertise of those who work within those groups regularly complement the programs within the school The unique urbanism and architecture of Madison is only part of the advantage of the University of Wisconsin Madison s location Nearby Milwaukee and Chicago provide contrasting examples of architecture urbanism history local culture and development patterns For example Chicago is the home to Daniel Burnham s famous Plan of Chicago which influenced many other city plans since its inception in 1909 UW Madison s location in the metropolitan region provides its particular advantages Within a five hour drive one can reach the small vacation towns of Wisconsin s Door County the scenic byways of western Wisconsin following the Mississippi River the streets and skywalks of Minneapolis and the masterpieces

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  • Measures of Student Achievement in the Master of Science in URPL Degree | Urban & Regional Planning
    was 67 9 the average percentile rank for the quantitative section was 56 2 and the average percentile rank for the analytical writing section was 45 4 These percentages represent the individuals proportional placement rank placement among all test takers 100 top score Further our current students are active participants in the Wisconsin Student Planning Association WSPA and the Wisconsin Chapter of the American Planning Association APA This is in addition to the variety of extramural activities available on campus at the University of Wisconsin Madison Specific direct metrics of student achievement with planning knowledge skills and values are difficult to develop We have been actively surveying program graduates upon graduation year 0 and at years 2 5 and 10 years post graduation and response rates are improving This has been done in a replicable manner for 2013 and 2014 with the 2015 survey to be done sometime this summer Results of our annual survey from 2013 can be found here with 2014 results in the process of being compiled Cost Tuition and Fees Tuition and fees are calculated for one full regular Spring or Fall semester and are for a full time graduate student 8 credits we consider a full semester credit load to be 12 credits The rates listed below are for Spring 2015 and include segregated fees detail found on the website listed below Wisconsin Resident 5 932 20 Non resident 12 595 64 Minnesota Resident 8 297 48 note this reflects our state reciprocity agreement with Minnesota The most up to date description of tuition and fees for graduate study in the Department of Urban and Regional Planning at the University of Wisconsin Madison can be found here Student Retention Graduate Rates URPL awarded 18 master s degrees in the 2014 2015 school year For more information about past graduation rates please see the Graduate School Program Profile for Urban Regional Planning To date we have 1 113 master s program alumni since our inception in 1962 The vast majority above 90 percent of our professional M S students graduate within 2 years Students who opt to do a dual double or joint degree may take three years to graduate but the URPL program is carefully designed to be finished in exactly two years AICP Exam An important metric that reflects student achievement with partricular reference to planning knowledge skills and values is the comprehensive examination administered by the American Institute of Certified Planners AICP To become a certified planner members of the American Planning Association APA must meet certain education and experience requirements and pass the AICP Exam Recent information from the AICP has identified the following pass rate for UW Madison URPL graduates Graduation Years Ending 2007 2008 2009 2010 2013 Master s program graduates who take the exam within 3 years of graduation who take exam 2 4 1 1 1 of takers who pass the exam 100 100 100 100 100 Click here to see results for each of the past ten

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