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Master of Planning (MPL)


Planning Accreditation Board of the American Institute of Certified Planners and the
Association of Collegiate Schools of Planning


Félix I. Aponte Ortiz, MPl, University of Puerto Rico, 1978, Instructor.
Environmental regulations, environmental impact of urban development.

Carmen M. Concepción, PhD, University of California, 1990, Professor.
Environmental justice.

Rafael Corrada, PhD, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, 1979, Professor.
Urban congestion, housing, and development.

Elías R. Gutiérrez, PhD, Cornell University, 1973, Professor.
Climate change and information systems for spatial planning.

Rafael L. Irizarry, Ed.D, Harvard University, 1981, Professor.
Higher education planning, school dropouts.

Gerardo Navas, PhD, University of California, 1972, Professor.
Growth management.

Criseida Navarro, PhD, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, 2005.Assistant Professor.
Regional development, technology and social displacement.  

Norma Peña, PhD, University of Illinois-Chicago, 2005. Assistant Professor
Transportation and livable cities.

Luis E. Santiago, PhD, Cornell University, 1999, Professor.
Urban sprawl, analysis methods, environmental economics

Aníbal Sepúlveda, PhD, Cornell University, 1986, Professor.
Urban history, urban train


Maritza Barreto, PhD, University of Puerto Rico, Mayagüez, 1996
Remote sensing, natural disaster management, coastal management

Aurelio Castro, MA, Universidad del Sagrado Corazón, 2006.
Computers and information systems.

Gabriel Moreno, PhD, State University of New York, 1990
Urbanism and transportation

Salvador M. Padilla, PhD, Cornell University, 1958, Emeritus Professor.
School Founder. History of human settlement.


Admission Requirements

In addition to the general requirements for admission to graduate studies at the Río Piedras Campus, applicants must:

  1. Possess a bachelor’s or licentiate degree from an accredited university and a minimum grade point average of 3.00 or its equivalent.  
  2. Have obtained a minimum score of 500 on the Examen de Admisión a Estudios Postgraduados (EXADEP) administered by Educational Testing Services. GRE results will also be accepted (only in the case of students who do not speak Spanish).
  3. Have passed undergraduate introductory courses in math, statistics, sociology, and economics with a grade of “A” or “B.”, During the summer session, the Graduate School of Planning offers the course PLAN 5005 (4 credits), which covers the areas of math, statistics, and economics.
  4. Submit a one-page, double-spaced statement of purpose.
  5. Have command of both Spanish and English.
  6. Have a working knowledge of computer software and information systems.
  7. Two letters of recommendation using the form provided in the "Apply Yourself" section of the website. The entire application process will be performed via Internet, including the payment of the admissions fee.
  8. If necessary, appear before the Admissions Committee for an interview.

Graduation Requirements

In addition to the general requirements established by the Río Piedras Campus, candidates must:

  1. Complete the program of study of 48 credits in an area of specialization with a minimum grade point average of 3.00. Courses passed with a grade of “C” will be accredited as long as the GPA remains above the minimum of 3.00.  
  2. Fulfill the comprehensive exam requirement by writing and defending a research paper on the theoretic and methodological framework that serves as a basis for the Planning Project. The research paper must follow the guidelines adopted by the school.
  3. Pass the Planning Project.
  4. Meet all degree requirements within a maximum period of six year. In deserving cases, students who have not meet all the requirements within the stipulated period may apply to the Office of the Dean of Graduate Studies and Research for an extension through the Graduate School of Planning.

Study Program

Program Requirements


Core Courses


PLAN 6076 Planning Theory


PLAN 6077 Institutional Frameworks and Implementation Processes


PLAN 6551 Analysis Methods for Planning I


PLAN 6552  Analysis Methods for Planning II


PLAN 6610 Planning of the Public Sector


Theory Courses in an area of Planning (Select two from the following three credit courses)
Plan 6089 Urban and Territory Planning
Plan 6096 Social Analysis and Policies for Planning
Plan 6097 Economic Analysis and Policies for Planning
Plan 6135 Society, Environment, and Planning


Technical Analysis Courses for Planning (Select one of the following three-credit courses)
Plan 6115 Scenario Construction and Long-term Planning
Plan 6118 Needs Assessment and Client Analysis
Plan 6510 Workshop on Methods for Diagnosis, Prognosis, and Programming
Plan 6584 Evaluation of Plan, Program, and Projects


Specialty Courses (Nine credits in the area of specialization: Urban and Territory Planning; Natural Resource and Environmental Planning; Economic Systems Planning; or Social Policy and Planning)


Elective courses


PLAN 6900 Comprehensive Exam


Planning Project


PLAN 6513 Seminar: Proposal for Planning Project
(Equivalent to Comprehensive Exam)


PLAN 6614 Planning Project


PLAN 6896 Planning Project Continued


Total Credits


Description of Courses (PDF)


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