Why I Chose UW

The Master of Urban Planning program attracts students from in-state, across the nation and around the world. Read below to learn why students chose the MUP program at the University of Washington for their planning education.

After getting to know Seattle and seeing just how much growth was happening in and around the city, I knew I wanted to start my urban planning career here. The MUP program is well-known and well-respected, and the fact that the Professionals Council is so committed to connecting students to the working world made my decision that much easier. In the end, UW was my first and only choice.

-Stephanie V., Tennessee

Lisa Davidson
Attending the UW gave me an opportunity to continue to live and work in a city that I love. As a veteran, the support of the MUP program, inclusive student veteran community, and UW Veterans Center made accessing educational benefits easy. The education I received at UW allowed me to continue building a career working with federal housing programs to help ensure that low-income households in our local cities and tribal areas have access to safe, healthy, and sustainable communities.

-Lisa D. (Lytton First Nation),MUP ’15

I chose the MUP program at the University of Washington because of its strong interdisciplinary focus. I was able to explore my interest in affordable housing and its tie to historic preservation and was connected to resources and ideas that were instrumental to the work that I do today. I now work as a low income housing developer and advocate, and making those connections with urban planning was crucial during my time in the program. Working on the Department’s Diversity Committee also helped contribute to a positive learning environment, and I made such great friends through the program along the way.

-Monica J., MUP ’15

Joe, Monica
I wanted a graduate program that advanced my design education toward landscape architecture licensure while giving me the tools to work alongside professionals in transportation planning and design. The concurrent Master of Urban Planning and Master of Landscape Architecture program at the University of Washington provided me an avenue to formally pursue this interdisciplinary path. While pursuing the concurrent graduate degree, I’ve been able to do research and internships related to my interest of streetscapes, greenways and non-motorized transportation.

-Justin P., California

The MUP program’s breadth of course options coupled with its focus on applied learning through studio courses provided an excellent education that I don’t think I would have received at another school.  In a single quarter I was able to take courses on real estate markets, water infrastructure, and advanced GIS analysis techniques, all while “learning by doing” through our studio project re-envisioning a state highway corridor through a small Washington town. The knowledge and experiences I gained in the MUP program serve as a sturdy foundation for the economic development work I now do in northern California communities.  I also met a group of wonderful lifelong friends in my cohort and had two years of amazing experiences in the most beautiful city in America.  Choose UW!

-Ryan M, MUP ’15

I chose University of Washington because the MUP program curriculum combines solid academics and real-world projects while providing ample opportunities for students to connect with professionals. Seattle is an exciting place to study planning because of the fast pace of development and its position on the forefront of innovative planning and design. As a student here, I secured an internship for the City of Seattle focusing on community outreach for urban tree planting, which I love. The UW MUP program was the right choice for me!”

-Lizzie M., Massachusetts


The diverse specializations and its close relationship to other departments in the College of Built Environments are the reasons why I chose the MUP program at the University of Washington. These characteristics benefit me in thinking broadly on planning issues as well as learning from other students and faculty with diverse backgrounds and interests. Also, studying planning in a big city like Seattle provides more exposure to real world practice.

–Jialing L., China