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The Graduate School

Geography and Planning

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The Graduate School

McKelvie Hall
102 West Rosedale Avenue
West Chester, PA 19383

Fax: 610-436-2763

Hours: Monday - Friday 8:00am-4:30pm

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Geography and Planning


  • Masters in Urban and Regional Planning (MURP)


To be considered for admission, an applicant must submit the following:

  • Official application forms (Graduate Studies Application).
  • An undergraduate GPA of 2.8 (based on a 4.0 scale). Please submit official undergraduate and/or graduate transcripts from all institutions attended.
  • A written statement of professional goals.
  • Two letters of reference attesting to the applicant's potential as an urban and regional planner.

Other Important Information

The MURP at West Chester University is designed to prepare students to enter the workforce as professional planners and thereby meet the growing demand for urban and regional planners, and related professions, in the region. Professional planners help to influence the future of neighborhood, local, regional and metropolitan areas. A planner plays a major role in shaping communities, in providing guidance for sustainable development, and in addressing social, environmental, political and economic problems of communities. The urban and regional planning curriculum equips students with the professional and technical skills needed to guide the complex processes of a changing world, to utilize modern technology to create a sustainable built and natural environment, and to enrich communities through leadership, entrepreneurial creativity, social responsibility and environmentally sustainable planning and policy.

As a graduate degree, the program is focuses on a deep study of the planning and geospatial applications related to planning. The program will train students to understand the “public interest” and to balance the needs to the public with the rights and interests of the private individuals and businesses. Building on a core theme of sustainability, students will learn to balance the three “E”s – economy, environment and equity – in advising communities and clients and making decisions that impact public and private interests in sustainable development strategies. Students will understand how to make decisions based on sound knowledge and guided by the American Institute of Certified Planners (AICP) Code of Ethics. The program has been designed to align with standards of the Planning Accreditation Board of the Association of Collegiate Schools of Planning. Students will develop specific competencies for planning research and analysis, plan making, effective communication skills, working with diverse environments and communities, applying ethical principles, advocating for social justice and employing geospatial technologies for planning applications and decision-making.

The planning curriculum consists of 48 semester credit hours, including 27 semester hours of core classes, and 21 semester hours of planning electives. Major requirements within the Planning curriculum will focus on the development of core competencies in the areas of understanding broad planning frameworks for decision-making, application of geospatial technologies, communication skills, and regulatory structures. Building on existing expertise in the department and the college, concentration areas will include economic development, sustainable land use planning and GIS.

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