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Post-Graduation Success

Where you will land after graduation is an important consideration in the MURP program. This page provides relevant information on the success rate of students leaving the program with a planning-related job secured, as well as their pass rate on the American Institute of Certified Planners (AICP) certification exam, both which are testaments to the diverse and valued skill sets and experiences students cultivate during the program. Then we profile several alumni from the CU Denver MURP program.

POST-GRADUATION SUCCESS FACTS AND FIGURES
Of students who responded to surveys between 2013-2016, 86% of MURP alums had a job offer upon completing the program.

Of student survey respondents who graduated in Spring 2016 and had a job offer upon completing the program, 78% said the job was in a planning-related field.

SAMPLE OF POSITIONS HELD BY MURP ALUMS
CU Denver MURP alums hold a variety of planning-related positions throughout the US and the world. Here’s a very small sample of the positions held by a few of our 1,300-plus alumni:

  • City Planner
  • City Manager
  • County Planning Director
  • Department of Defense Air Force Community Planner
  • Director of Center of Southwest Studies, Fort Lewis College
  • Director of Community Development
  • Director of Natural Resources
  • Editor-in- Chief of Terrain.org: A Journal of the Built & Natural Environments
  • Environmental Project Manager
  • Geographic Information System (GIS) Program Specialist
  • Growth Management Planner
  • Housing Division Director
  • Parks Planner
  • Planning Consultant
  • Public Art Director
  • Real Estate Appraiser and Market Analyst
  • Small-Town Planner
  • Transportation Planner
  • World Bank Urban Planning Consultant

AICP CERTIFICATION EXAM PASS RATES
Between 2004-2014—the most recent timeframe for which data is available from the APA— CU Denver’s MURP program has an 84% pass rate, significantly higher than the 76% average among all Planning Accreditation Board (PAB) schools. Also during that timeframe, CU Denver MURP ranks 3rd in the nation in the total number of alumni who have passed the AICP exam.

Additionally, during the two most recent officially-reported years, the MURP program had a 100% pass rate for all students that took the AICP exam.