URBAN PLANNING & ENVIRONMENTAL POLICY
About The Department
The Barbara Jordan – Mickey Leland School of Public Affairs offers a Dual MUPEP /
Juris Doctorate (JD) Degree in coordination and partnership with the Thurgood Marshall
School of Law at Texas Southern University. The program allows students to complete
requirements for the two degrees in four (4) years instead of five years, if pursued
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The program is intended for students who want to obtain mastery of the administrative
and legal aspects of urban planning and environmental policy in the public, private
and non-profit sectors; combining advanced urban planning and environmental planning
education with legal training in order to enhance or expand their career options.
To be eligible, the student must apply to and be accepted by both programs.
It is my privilege to welcome you to the Department of Urban Planning and Environmental
Policy in the Barbara Jordan-Mickey Leland School of Public Affairs at Texas Southern
University. Our department offers instruction, research, and professional services
through two graduate degree programs, Master’s of Urban Planning and Environmental
Policy (MUPEP) and Doctoral of Philosophy (PhD) in Urban Planning and Environmental
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|Urban Planning and Environmental Policy Masters
The Master's of Urban Planning and Environmental Policy Program, Courses, and Faculty
The Master of Urban Planning and Environmental Policy program began the accreditation
process in the fall of 2005. In the fall of 2008, the program received tentative accreditation
pending final review. The program was notified in the Spring Semester of 2011 that
it was provided a 7 year status (one of the longest) expiring December 31, 2018.
The UPEP Masters Program, trains students to become policy-oriented planners and environmental
policy analysts and to assume leadership positions in planning and environmental policy-related
organizations. The program places special emphasis on issues significant to communities
and regions of the Southwest. The goal of the MUPEP is to prepare future professionals
with analytical and policy formulation skills that allow them to address - with vision
and foresight - the land use, ecological, and policy issues necessary to affect change
that addresses our current situations while keeping in mind the need to plan and prepare
for generations yet to come.
The major objectives of the MUPEP program are:
- Train students for professional careers in planning and equip them to function in
generalist and specialist roles
- Provide students with an understanding of the history and theory of cities and urban
regions and the environmental influences on city and regional planning
- Prepare students with life-long analytical, research and communication skills
- Provide students with the specific knowledge and skills needed to become successful,
practicing planners in a wide range of planning areas
- Educate students about the relationship between the developed environment and the
- Provide students with scientific and technical skills that can be applied professionally
to solve environment problems
|Urban Planning and Environmental Policy Ph.D.
For individuals wishing to pursue careers in university teaching, research or highly
specialized practice, the Doctor of Philosophy in Urban Planning and Environmental
Policy provides advanced knowledge, skills, and extensive experience working closely
with an interdisciplinary faculty in teaching and research. The program emphasizes
preparation in research methods, spatial and regional analysis, development theory,
historical processes, analytic and policy formulation skills, and the critical appraisal
of alternative causes of change, all of which are necessary for the critical examination
of the nature of urban planning and environmental policy.
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