Information & Statistics About the Professional M.S. Degree in Planning
Last year, the average undergraduate GPA of incoming master's students to the program was 3.36. Average GRE scores are difficult to calculate due to the differing test types, but the average percentile rank for the verbal section 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).
In general, our professional M.S. students in the Department of Urban and Regional Planning are active and successful in maintaining a 3.0 overall grade point average (GPA) in the courses that make up our professionally accredited curriculum. During the 2012/2013 academic year, there were no students on academic probation. Many (roughly 50 percent) attain GPAs above 3.5. Further, our 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.
Cost (Tuition and Fees)
Tuition and fees for a full-time student for one academic year vary year by year. 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. The Department maintains its own computer lab and to pay for software, hardware, printing and maintenance cost, all planning students (M.S. and Ph.D.) pay a department-wide Computer Lab Fee of $50 per academic year ($25 per semester).
Student Retention & Graduate Rates
URPL awarded 23 master's degrees in the 2012-2013 school year. For more information about past graduation rates, please see the Graduate School Program Profile for Urban & Regional Planning. To date, we have roughly 1,172 total alumni since our inception in 1962.
The vast majority (above 90 percent) of our professional M.S. students graduate within 2 years.
Recent information from the American Institute of Certified Planners (AICP) has identified the following pass rate for UW-Madison URPL graduates:
2004-2012: 97.9 percent pass rate
See the most recent rankings here. Note that UW-Madison is ranked #1 in the 2nd Quartile (based on number of exam takers) above our competition that includes Cornell, University of California - Berkeley. UCLA, and Harvard. Further, note that our pass rate (98%) is higher than ALL of Quartile 1 and 3 as well.
Employment Rate of Fulltime Graduates
The employment rate of fulltime graduates in professional planning or planning-related job within one year of graduation is a difficult statistic to identify and changes year-to-year. We have an ongoing effort to survey our graduates at the 2 year and 5 year post graduation period. At this point, our best estimate is that roughly 80 percent of our graduates are successful in attaining fulltime professional planning or planning-related employment within 6 months of graduating.