The department offers Master's and Ph.D. degrees at the graduate level.
The graduate students of the Department come from various backgrounds such as
engineering, architecture, economics, agricultural economics, geography,
sociology, social welfare, statistics, mathematics and public administration.
The Master of Urban and Regional Planning (MURP) programme has principally been designed to impart basic planning concepts among the students, with some advanced planning modules. The students are trained to specialize in such fields as urban planning, rural development planning, regional planning, transportation planning, municipal and local level planning and development, disaster management planning and housing policy. The graduates are also trained in planning tools and techniques such as research methodology, evaluation, policy formulation, project and programme formulation and analysis, and computer applications.
Two types of MURP are offered in the department.
MURP by course and thesis: At least 36 credit hours to be earned including an 18 credit research work. The applicants without a BURP background are usually required to earn 12 extra credit hours as prerequisites.
MURP by course and project: At least 36 credit hours to be earned including an 8 credit project work. The applicants without a BURP background are usually required to earn 12 extra credit hours as prerequisites.
The department offers a wide range of courses to be undertaken. Courses offered at different terms may vary depending on the availability of faculty members and other support facilities. The minimum duration of the MURP programme is 4 academic semesters. DURP has also started offering PhD degree in URP from 1996. The PhD degree requires a maximum 45 credit hours of research works, and also some prerequisite course works, if recommended by the Doctoral Committee of the department.