Planetizen has ranked Levin College's MUPDD program among the top 15 programs in both Economic Development and Community Development. It is also ranked 8th for the most diverse student body and 8th for non-resident tuition.
The MUPDD program is fully accredited as a planning program by the Planning Accreditation Board. We have graduated more than 350 students since the program's inception in 1990. Our MUPDD graduates are employed today by cities, townships, community development corporations, social service organizations, real estate and development organizations, and planning firms across Ohio and the United States.
Students who will find value in the MUPDD program are as follows:
The Master of Urban Planning, Design & Development (MUPDD) program prepares men and women for planning practice in a wide variety of organizational settings and professional pursuits. The curriculum combines an appreciation of planning as a profession, substantive studiesregarding urban challenges and opportunities, and a set of analytical skills useful to planning practice. Together these prepare future planners with the theory, skills, and practical experience needed to fairly and efficiently facilitate the transformation and revitalization of cities and their regions, building better places to live, work and play.
Levin College congratulates Greg Zucca for becoming the Economic Development Director for the city of Cleveland Heights.
From June 5-7, 2014, the Levin College of Urban Affairs / Cleveland State University, in partnership with the Cleveland Restoration Society, hosted "Historic Preservation in America's Legacy Cities." The interdisciplinary convening brought together more than 250 participants from 20 states to discuss and generate ideas about the future of historic preservation in legacy cities, such as Cleveland. The event was spearheaded by Stephanie Ryberg-Webster, an Assistant Professor at the Levin College.
The convening included 24 speaker sessions, with topics including federal policy, historic rehabilitation tax credits, data collection, the role of community development corporations, and preservation in African American communities, among others. The event also included five tours around Cleveland, showcasing Downtown, Detroit Shoreway, Ohio City, Slavic Village, and Glenville/University Circle/East Cleveland. On Friday, June 6, an interdisciplinary plenary panel addressed the audience, with speakers including Dr. Clement Price (/Rutgers University & the Advisory Council on Historic Preservation/), City of Cleveland Councilman Jeffrey Johnson, Lavea Brachman (/Greater Ohio Policy Center/), and Emilie Evans (/National Trust for Historic Preservation /& /Michigan Historic Preservation Network/). The convening concluded with a dynamic, roundtable workshop which resulted in a Priority Action Agenda for the future of historic preservation in legacy cities (/a report will be forthcoming later this year/).
Professor Sanda Kaufman has been elected to be the North Central region's faculty representative on the board of the Association of Collegiate Schools of Planning (ACSP) for the 2014-2016 term.
Professor Alan Weinstein organized and served as both the moderator and a speaker for the American Planning Association's 2014 Planning Law Review on June 25, 2014.
PAB Re-Accreditation Approval: The Planning Accreditation Board (PAB) has re-accredited the MUPDD Program through 2019. In its review of the MUPDD Program, the PAB stated: "The Board commends Cleveland State on a vibrant planning program that is highly engaged with issues and institutions in the region, enjoys support of active research centers, has excellent facilities, and often exerts national leadership in the areas of community and economic development".
As reported in the latest issue of the Campus District, Inc. newsletter, MUPDD alum Dr. Heather Ways is volunteering to manage a project on the Public Bathroom Initiative.
On April 10, 2014, a Levin College Forum featured a panel discussion on the Cleveland waterfront. Speakers included Tony Coyne, the chair of the Cleveland City Planning Commission, and Bob Brown, its Executive Director. This Forum was taped and the video will be available in the future. A Campbell Gallery exhibit on Cleveland's waterfront created by the CSU APA can be viewed here. On May 5, 2014, MUPDD students in the Planning Studio presented "Lake Link Trail", their research on linking the Towpath Trail in the Canal Corridor to the Cuyahoga River and the lakefront, in cooperation with the Trust for Public Land, Ohio.
Dennis Keating was inducted into the Urban Affairs Association Honor Roll at its March, 2014 annual meeting. He served two terms on its board and hosted one of its annual meetings.
MUPDD alum Richey Piparinen has been named the Director of the Center for Population Dynamics in the Levin College of Urban Affairs. He is the co-author of a recent study entitled "From Balkanized Cleveland to Globalized Cleveland" that analyzes the effects of migration to "Legacy Cities" like Cleveland.
W. Dennis Keating is the Principal Contributor of the 2013 annual report of the Cuyahoga County Land Bank entitled: "A Successful Stabilization Response for the Present, A Strategic Redevelopment Catalyst for the Future".
MUPDD alum Michael Fleming, Executive Director of the St. Clair Superior Development Corporation, has been named a German Marshall Fellow for Spring, 2015.
MUPDD Alum Andrea Bruno has joined the Board of Directors of the Housing Research & Advocacy Center. She joins MUPDD Program Faculty member Brian Mikelbank on that board. Andrea is Housing Manager for the St. Clair Superior Development Corporation.
Jordan Yin and Norm Krumholz organized a panel on "Big City Plans and Social Equity: Where Are We Going?" for the 2014 American Planning Association national conference in Atlanta in April, 2014. Alan Weinstein will co-present at a session on Sign Regulation.
As a guest columnist for The Plain Dealer, Dr. Stephanie Ryberg Webster highlights the importance of historic preservation in redevelopment. Read More. »
Read about Professor Norm Krumholz's Lifetime Achievement Award for Design from clevelandartsprize.org.
An October 6, 2013 article in the Cleveland Plain Dealer describes the innovative programs of the St. Clair Superior Community Development Corporation headed by MUPDD alum Michael Fleming. These include Upcycling and the Cleveland Flea (a monthly market). In addition to Fleming, three other MUPDD alums are members of the staff. Read More. »
Professor Stephanie Ryberg-Webster presented on "Preserving Cleveland's African-American Heritage at the 2013 Society for American City and Regional History conference in Toronto in October, 2013
Professor Haifeng Qian presented on Regional Economic Development at the 2013 annual meeting of the Association of American Geographers and his article entitled "Diversity versus tolerance" was published in Urban Studies, Vol. 50: 2718-2735 (2013). He is PI on a grant on "Skills, regions, and entrepreneurship" from the Regional Studies Association
Professor Alan Weinstein co-authored the 2013 update of "Federal Land Use Law and Litigation" and presented on "Regulating Adult Entertainment Businesses" at the March, 2013 International Municipal Lawyers' national teleconference
Professor Norm Krumholz has been named as the recipient of the APA Ohio President's Award for Outstanding Planner. The award was presented on September 27, 2013 at the annual APA Ohio conference in Cleveland.
Rust Belt Chic: MUPDD alum Richie Piiparinen is the co-publisher of the collection of essays under this title published last year. He and his co-publisher Anne Trubek launched Belt on the web on August 22, 2013. Rust Belt Chic and the Belt were featured in the article "A New Magazine Takes on Old Rust Belt Stereotypes" in the August 27, 2013 online issue of The Atlantic Cities Place Matters (www.theatlanticcities.com)
New instructors: Among the part time instructors teaching MUPDD courses in the Fall, 2012 semester are Bob Brown, Cleveland's City Planning Director, and Kathleen Crowther, Director of the Cleveland Restoration Society. (and a Levin College alum). Brown is teaching "Neighborhood Development" and Crowther is teaching "Contemporary Issues in Historic Preservation".
MUPDD Faculty Mittie Davis Jones, Sanda Kaufman, Wendy Kellogg and Dennis Keating made presentations at the ACSP-AESOP Joint Congress in Dublin, Ireland (July 15-19). Ned Hill co-authored a paper presented by Kelly Kinahan. Sanda Kaufman co-chaired the Governance, Institutions, and Civic Initiative track.
AICP Exam Results: During the period 2004-2012, 17 of 27 MUPDD students who took the AICP exam passed (a pass rate of 63% compared to the mean pass rate of 72%).
MUPDD Professors Wendy Kellogg, Haifeng Qian, and Stephanie Ryberg-Webster were winners of 2013-2014 CSU Faculty Scholarship Initiatives Awards by the CSU Office of Research.
MUPDD Professor Roby Simons and a group of students are conducting a Summer 2013 study for the CSU Vice President for Business Affairs and Finance looking at the campus needs for more housing and retail and a business incubator.
The Cleveland APA provided scholarships to five members of the CSU-APA chapter to attend the April 2012 national APA conference in Chicago. In its May/June newsletter (The Ohio Planners News), Ohio APA included articles by two of the five students on their experiences: "Cleveland Section Students Reflect on National Conference"Read More. »
MUPDD alums Hannah Belsito and Justin Glanville were members of the host committee for the fourth annual Next City Vanguard conference held in Cleveland June 10-11. Forty-three young urban planners, academics, developers, economic development experts, community activists, and civic leaders participated in this event.
Hannah Belsito, an MUPDD alum, is featured in an article on " Training program bolsters front line of local tourism" in the June issue of CBC (Cleveland Business Connects) magazine. Read More. »
MUPDD students' Campus District project presentations are discussed in the June CD Observer.Read More. »
Professor Stephanie Ryberg-Webster and 2013 MUPDD graduate Greg Soltis co-authored "Putting Artists on the Map: The Geography of Artists in Cuyahoga County" which was published in the most recent issue of the Journal of Urban Affairs (Vol. 35, No. 2).
2013 Student Awards: Greg Soltis has received the AICP Outstanding Student Award (see his profile in MUPDD Alumni Profiles) and Greg and Andrew McMillan shared the Wallace G. Teare Prize
First year MUPDD student Steve Kanner has been named a Summer 2013 intern by the Cleveland Foundation.
Student Achievement: The team that competed in the 2013 ULI Hines Student Urban Design competition which included MUPDD students received honorable mention.
Michelle Johnson, an MUPDD alum who crafted the West 65th multimillion-dollar makeover proposal is mentioned in the
May 2, 2013 issue of the The Plain Dealer. Read More. »
MUPDD alum planner and writer Justin Glanville wrote an article entitled "Take the Sting Out of Gentrification" in the April 2013 issue of Planning magazine.
Cleveland's St. Clair-Superior Development Corporation, headed by MUPDD grad Micheal Fleming, has been awarded a $375,000 grant by Art Place America to support its "UrbanUpcycle" project to attract artists.Crain's Cleveland Business (www.crainscleveland.com) May 20-26, 2013. Read More. »
Levin College helps design Cleveland's urban future. Read More. »
Congratulations to Jordan Yin (College Associate Lecturer/Director of Undergrad Programs) for his book Planning for Dummies being selected as a top 10 book choice of Planetizen. Read More. »
Michelle Johnson - Senior Planner and Project Manager with Environmental Design Group
Gregory Soltis - Recent MUPDD Graduate
Ann Klavora, AICP - Principal Planner for the City of Shaker Heights
Hasani Wheat - Cuyahoga County Board of Elections
Jason Russell - Planner, City of Lakewood Planning and Development Department
Christine Dersi - Planner with APA Ohio
Director, Ohio Office
The Trust for Public Land
Celebrating 40 years of creating parks and conserving land for people.
"The CAPSTONE 2014 Urban Planning Design and Development class delivered a creative and compelling vision for "Connecting Cleveland" trail network and bridge connector from the Flats to Wendy Park at Whisky Island. Their research of existing conditions, the surveys of local residents and businesses, and their site visits established a solid foundation upon which they built solutions and creative land use recommendations. The caliber of students was extraordinary and their final presentation was polished and impressive. The guidance from professors and the speakers that contributed to the students' understanding of the baseline were outstanding. We plan to use the final report as a tool to inform our phasing of design and construction and look forward to its useful application over the coming months. "
Campus District, Inc.
"The CSU Levin College's Masters in Urban Planning Design and Development capstone class did a great job doing a housing market analysis and creating a master plan for the Campus District. They interviewed over 40 key neighborhood stakeholders and surveyed over 900 CSU students to get input into the plan. Their highest and best use analysis of several historic buildings in the district were totally on target and we are using many of their concepts in our current redevelopment work."
Employed MUPDD Alum Satisfaction with Job Preparation:
2013: Of 21 alums surveyed, 8 responded: 5 were satisfied, 3 were dissatisfied
2012: Of 15 surveyed, 10 responded: 6 were satisfied, 4 were dissatisfied.
Employers of MUPDD Graduates:
In 2014, 10 Cleveland area employers of varoius types were surveyed about their satisfaction with MUPDD graduates whom they have hired. Half responded. 4 were "Very Satisfied" and 1 was "Satisfied" with the preparation/training of the MUPDD graduates. All were "Very Satisfied" with the job performance of the MUPDD graduates.
The exit survey of the May, 2013 graduating MUPDD class showed significant improvements for the students between their entering the program and upon their graduation in all PAB 21 categories in the Knowledge, Skills, and Values requirements for accreditated urban planning programs. In citing the best aspects of the program, they overwhelmingly cited practical skills, interaction with planning professionals, and real world class assignments.
Tuition and Fees
|2014-15 Academic Year||Tuition||Fees||Total for Year|
|In-State:||$531.40/credit hour||-||$ 12,753.60|
|Out-of-State:||$998.90/credit hour||-||$ 23,997.60|
See http://www.csuohio.edu/treasury-services/tuition-and-fees for more information.
Student Retention and Graduation Rates
|Student Retention and Graduation Rates||Percent|
|Percentage of degree-seeking Master’s students who began studies in Fall 2012 and continued into Fall 2013||82%|
|Percentage of single-degree Master’s students graduating within 4 years, entering class of 2009||89%|
Number of degrees awarded, 2013-2014 Academic year = 8
Number of degrees awarded, 2012-2013 Academic year = 17
Number of degrees awarded, 2011-2012 Academic year = 18
AICP Exam Pass Rates
|Percentage of Master’s graduates taking the AICP exam within 3 years who pass, Graduating class of 2011||100%|
|Percentage of Master’s graduates taking the AICP exam within 3 years who pass, Graduating class of 2010||100%|
|Percentage of Master’s graduates taking the AICP exam within 3 years who pass, Graduating class of 2009||66.6%|
AICP Exam pass rate data are collected by the APA. For a complete list of pass rates for all PAB-accredited institutions see: http://www.planning.org/certification/passrates/?print=true
|Graduates - 2012||Percent|
|Employment Within One Year of Graduation: Professional Planning Job||50%|
|Employment Within One Year of Graduation: Professional Planning-Related Job||50%|
|Employment Within One Year of Graduation: Pursuing Advanced Degree||0%|
|Total Employed Within One Year of Graduation||100%|
|Graduates - 2013||Percent|
|Employment Within One Year of Graduation: Professional Planning Job||37.5%|
|Employment Within One Year of Graduation: Professional Planning-Related Job||50%|
|Employment Within One Year of Graduation: Pursuing Advanced Degree||12.5%|
|Total Employed Within One Year of Graduation||87.5%|
Graduates Employment data: Of the almost half of the 50 MUPDD graduates in 2010 and 2011 who responded to an employment survey, 23 were employed, 22 in planning-related jobs.
The MUPDD Program curriculum includes twelve (4 credit hour) classes for a total of 48 semester hours. A full-time student can complete the program in two academic years. The program is structured to accommodate both full-time students and working part-time students. Most of our required classes are offered in the evenings, with some courses offered during summer sessions and weekends. The planning core consists of eight classes (32 credits), leaving four classes (16 credit hours) for electives. For those students so inclined, six specialization fields are offered, which require completion of three or more classes. Internships are available for elective credit. Courses taken in a specialization area, electives, or an internship must total 16 credit hours.
Required Planning Core Courses: (32 credit hours)
The planning core courses are required, and are designed to provide students with a solid analytical, methodological and theoretical basis for work in the planning specializations or elective courses.
The planning core includes three largely quantitative courses (Applied Quantitative Reasoning I, Public Finance and Economics, and Urban Spatial Structures), and four topical courses on key planning areas: Urban Planning, Urban Design, Planning Law and Development Process/Market Analysis. Students should strive to take UST 601 and 603 in their first or second semester. These classes should be completed prior to taking UST 605 and 610. After completing the balance of their coursework in electives and/or a specialization, students generally take the UST 611. This integrative course synthesizes the tools and skills around a collective project in a studio environment.
The planning core is as follows:
|Core Courses||Typical Schedule Offered|
UST 601: Applied Quantitative Reasoning I
Fall, Spring, Summer
UST 603: Public Finance and Economics
Fall, Spring, Summer
UST 605: Urban Spatial Structures
UST 607: Introduction to Urban Planning
Fall, sometimes Summer
UST 608: Urban Design Seminar
UST 609: Planning Law
UST 610: The Development Process/Market Analysis
UST 611: Studio
Areas of Specialization:
The Master of Urban Planning, Design and Development Program offers six specializations in subfields of planning. Students generally complete a minimum of 16 credit hours in one of these optional specializations:
Graduate certificate programs in the economic development, real estate development and finance, and GIS specializations are also offered through CSU and the College of Urban Affairs. Students may also be admitted only to the Certificate seeking program and earn a certificate in Urban Economic Development, Urban Real Estate Development and Finance, and Geographic Information Systems(GIS). Students should meet with the Graduate Advisor or the MUPDD Program Director to plan their schedules.
Students who do not wish to specialize in a single area may fill out their program of study from a number of graduate classes. Four classes beyond the planning core are required. These may be in planning, public administration, or outside the College of Urban Affairs. These courses should be chosen in consultation with the Program Director.
An internship is not required; however, students without related work experience are encouraged to seek an internship placement. Paid and unpaid internships are arranged through the Office of Student Services. Interested students may receive elective credit for internship work.
Graduate level training in urban planning offers students the opportunity to pursue careers in city or regional planning, housing and neighborhood development, real estate finance and development, economic development, environmental planning, historic preservation, and geographic information systems (GIS). Courses are designed to train new planners in the latest techniques and theories and to upgrade the skills of existing planners.
Planning program graduates are employed in the public, private, and nonprofit sectors. Many graduates pursue careers in:
Faculty Program Director:
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