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Master of Urban and Regional Planning


The Urban Planning programs offer both undergraduate and graduate degrees in urban and regional planning. Both degree programs are professionally accredited by the Planning Accreditation Board.

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    accredited by the Planning Accreditation BoardThe MURP Program is a two-year professional curriculum. The program is one of only four in the Pacific Northwest that is professionally accredited by the Planning Accreditation Board.

    The purposes of the graduate planning program are as follows:

    To provide communities and agencies with competent professionals in the field of urban and regional planning.

    To prepare professionals who can develop and administer planning policies for the economic vitality, resource efficiency, and environmental quality of communities and regions.

    To fulfill the need for planning-related research with particular emphasis given to research benefiting the region and state.

    To provide community services in the form of continuing education for public officials, practicing professionals and citizens; technical assistance for area agencies and communities; information and technology exchange with appropriate local, state and federal authorities.

    The major distinction between Eastern's and other planning programs is that our combined teaching and practice focuses on problem solving at regional and community scales.

    Students who complete the Master's in Urban and Regional Planning will:

    Graduation requirements include completion of a minimum of 72 credit hours, including at least 54 hours at the 500 level or above. Graduate students are encouraged to use selected upper division undergraduate courses as electives and in support and pursuit of an area of specialization.

    Master of Urban and Regional Planning program brochure (PDF file)

    Dual Degree MURP and MPA (PDF File)

    What will I study?

    The Master's of Urban and Regional Planning degree requires the completion of 72 total credits.

    Required MURP Core Courses (46 credits)


    PLAN 501 Foundations of Planning (5) 

    PLAN 502 Advanced Community Development (5) 

    PLAN 508 Reflective Planning Theory (3) 


    PLAN 500 Planning Practice (2)

    PLAN 505 Planning Implementation and Law (5) 


    PLAN 503 Planning Methods I (5)

    PLAN 504 Planning Methods II (5)

    PLAN 506 Planning Methods III (5)

    Applied Synthesis

    PLAN 507 Advanced Planning Studio (5)

    PLAN 591 Research Project Preparation (1)

    PLAN 601 Research Project (5)

    Specialization or Generalist Electives (26 credits)

    Every student must either take courses in one of the specialty areas listed below or take PLAN 540, Land Use Planning and at least two of the following courses:

    PLAN 510 Community Facilities Planning (5)

    PLAN 570 Environmental Planning (5)

    PLAN 551 Transportation Planning (5)

    PLAN 460 Urban Design (3)


    Students selecting a specialization must complete the core of a specialization, under advisement from their committee select the majority of their remaining electives from courses that support their area of specialization and do their research paper in the specialty area. The following list indicates the core of each specialty area.

    Tribal Planning

    PLAN 570 Environmental Planning (5)

    PLAN 540 Land Use Planning (5)

    PLAN 523 American Indian Planning (3)

    PLAN 530 Contemporary American Indian Planning (3)

    PLAN 531 Census Data and Tribal Planning (2)

    PLAN 532 American Indian Economic Development (3)

    PLAN 533 American Indian Law

    PLAN 560 American Indian Planning Studio

    Environmental Planning

    PLAN 570 Environmental Planning (5)

    PLAN 571 Environmental Impact Statements (3)

    PLAN 540 Land Use Planning (5)

    PLAN 542 Sustainable Communities (3)

    Small Town Planning

    PLAN 510 Community Facilities Planning (5)

    PLAN 540 Land Use Planning (5)

    PLAN 448 Main Street Programs (2)

    PLAN 572 Rural and Small Town Planning (3)

    PLAN 473 Planning in the Western U.S. (3)

    PLAN 514 Local Economic Development Planning (3)

    Contact Information

    Urban and Regional Planning, Graduate Program
    668 N. Riverpoint Blvd, Suite A
    Spokane, WA 99202

    phone: 509.828.1230
    fax: 509.828.1275

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