Master of Urban Planning and Development

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Student Achievement

Hannah C. Kiraly, MNO
Program Manager of Community & Economic Development, City of Lorain
Client, 2022 MUPD Capstone Studio

As a Cleveland State University Maxine Goodman Levin College of Urban Affairs Alumna, words cannot describe how proud I am of the Spring 2022 Planning Capstone Studio Course students.

For 4 months, the City of Lorain worked with the Levin’s Graduate Planning Capstone Studio students under the direction of Professor Kastelic and Professor Hilde. The duo is highly knowledgeable and passionate about the work we seek and do as Planners. It was quite evident that through their guidance, the young professionals were able to uncover the hidden potential our city holds through real-world planning processes.

The team was known as the “Legacy City Planners” and upheld the highest degree of professionalism and integrity for our community. The “Legacy City Planners” met with an array of stakeholder groups which is vital to the planning process. They were able to harness the community’s feedback and hard data to provide a very professional and comprehensive plan. Not only did they collect resident feedback and data, but they also leveraged other Plans and design concepts to assist in their final product which will provide a comprehensive and cohesive direction in the coming years for Economic Development within the City of Lorain.

As a Planner, it is refreshing to see the passion the students have for providing quality work that has tangible goals and objectives. The students also were able to siphon their curiosity, pair it with the current land use functions, and take their recommendations to the next level.

I’m inspired by the students’ involvement, dedication, and curiosity which are all represented throughout the process and within the final product.

The City of Lorain is so very grateful to have had the opportunity to work with the “Legacy City Planners”; they’re going to excel at anything they set out to achieve.

More profiles are available on the student achievement archive page.

MUPD Exit Survey Results
Exit surveys of graduating MUPD classes consistently show significant improvements for the students between entering the program and upon graduation in all of the Planning Accreditation Board’s knowledge, skills, and values requirements for accredited urban planning programs. According to recent MUPD graduates, the best aspects of the MUPD program are connections to Northeast Ohio’s professional planning community, engaged learning opportunities, knowledgeable and engaged faculty, affordability and location in downtown Cleveland.

2021-2022 Tuition and Fees  
In State Residents, per full-time academic year $ 15,050.1
Out of State Residents, per full-time academic year $ 25,776.4

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Student Retention Rate Percent
Percentage of students who began studies in Fall 2020 and continued into fall 2021 88%
Student Graduation Rate Percent
Percentage of students graduating within 4 years, entering class of Fall 2017 52%
Percentage of students graduating within 4 years, entering Summer ’17-Spring ‘18 53%*
* This figure reflects that 16/30 students have graduated. Of the remainder, 3 transferred to other programs (2 of which were within the College) and have successfully graduated.
Number of Degrees Awarded  
Number of degrees awarded for the 2020 - 2021 Academic Year 17         
AY20-21 is defined here as Summer 2020-Spring 2021
AICP Certification Percent
Percentage of master’s graduates taking the AICP exam within 5 years who pass, graduating class of 2015 (or later) 71%
Employment Percent
Percentage of fulltime graduates obtaining professional planning, planning-related or other positions within 12 months of graduation, graduating class of 2020


​​​​​​*Based on responses from 6/16 of graduates from Summer 2019-Spring 2020.

Additional Graduate Employment Data
Almost half of the 50 MUPD graduates from AY 2009-2010 and 2010-2011 responded to an employment survey. Of those respondents, 23 were employed, 22 in planning or planning-related jobs. Seventeen graduates from AY 2011-2012, 2012-2013, and 2013-2014 responded to a five-year post-graduation employment survey. Of those respondents, 12 (71%) were employed in planning or planning-related jobs and one was pursuing an advanced degree in planning. 

Alumni Satisfaction with Job Preparation
2013: Of 21 alumni surveyed, 8 responded: 5 were satisfied, 3 were dissatisfied.
2012: Of 15 alumni surveyed, 10 responded: 6 were satisfied, 4 were dissatisfied.

Employer Satisfaction with Graduates
In 2014, ten Cleveland-area employers of various types were surveyed about their satisfaction with MUPD graduates whom they have hired. Of the half that responded, four were "Very Satisfied" and one was "Satisfied" with the preparation/training of the MUPD graduates. All were "Very Satisfied" with the job performance of the MUPD graduates.