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About The Department

The Barbara Jordan – Mickey Leland School of Public Affairs offers a Dual MUPEP / Juris Doctorate (JD) Degree in coordination and partnership with the Thurgood Marshall School of Law at Texas Southern University. The program allows students to complete requirements for the two degrees in four (4) years instead of five years, if pursued separately.

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Chair's Welcome

It is my privilege to welcome you to the Department of Urban Planning and Environmental Policy in the Barbara Jordan-Mickey Leland School of Public Affairs at Texas Southern University. Our department offers instruction, research, and professional services through two graduate degree programs, Master’s of Urban Planning and Environmental Policy (MUPEP) and Doctoral of Philosophy (PhD) in Urban Planning and Environmental Policy.


Degree Programs

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Urban Planning and Environmental Policy Masters

The Master's of Urban Planning and Environmental Policy Program, Courses, and Faculty

The Master of Urban Planning and Environmental Policy program began the accreditation process in the fall of 2005. In the fall of 2008, the program received tentative accreditation pending final review. The program was notified in the Spring Semester of 2011 that it was provided a 7 year status (one of the longest) expiring December 31, 2018.

The UPEP Masters Program, trains students to become policy-oriented planners and environmental policy analysts and to assume leadership positions in planning and environmental policy-related organizations. The program places special emphasis on issues significant to communities and regions of the Southwest. The goal of the MUPEP is to prepare future professionals with analytical and policy formulation skills that allow them to address - with vision and foresight - the land use, ecological, and policy issues necessary to affect change that addresses our current situations while keeping in mind the need to plan and prepare for generations yet to come.

The major objectives of the MUPEP program are:

  1. Train students for professional careers in planning and equip them to function in generalist and specialist roles
  2. Provide students with an understanding of the history and theory of cities and urban regions and the environmental influences on city and regional planning
  3. Prepare students with life-long analytical, research and communication skills
  4. Provide students with the specific knowledge and skills needed to become successful, practicing planners in a wide range of planning areas
  5. Educate students about the relationship between the developed environment and the natural environment
  6. Provide students with scientific and technical skills that can be applied professionally to solve environment problems


Urban Planning and Environmental Policy Ph.D.

Program Overview

For individuals wishing to pursue careers in university teaching, research or highly specialized practice, the Doctor of Philosophy in Urban Planning and Environmental Policy provides advanced knowledge, skills, and extensive experience working closely with an interdisciplinary faculty in teaching and research. The program emphasizes preparation in research methods, spatial and regional analysis, development theory, historical processes, analytic and policy formulation skills, and the critical appraisal of alternative causes of change, all of which are necessary for the critical examination of the nature of urban planning and environmental policy.


Current Events
The Robert Wood Johnson Foundation Center for Health Policy at Meharry Medical College (hereafter referred to as the Center) is pleased to share with you 2013 Health Policy Fellows Program brochure for Wide dissemination to your high achieving students interested in pursuing graduate studies in sociology, economics and political science and the faculty members who guide their studies at your institution. Please note that applications are now being accepted for fall 2013 admission and must be received no later than January 15, 2013. Applicants may apply online for admission at https://oraduateaoplications.vanderbiit.edu/. (Nov.29,2012)
Call for Papers: URBAN Special Issue of Critical Sociology: A Critical Assessment of Community-Based Research. Special Issue Editors: Dave Overfelt, Rochester Institute of Technology, Patricia Molina Costa, MIT Community Innovators LabAuthors are invited to propose articles by January 7, 2013. Please visit the website for more detail. (Nov.29, 2012)
Call for Applications for the 2013 Gerhardt Internship, . This summer intern program is open to students across the United States and Canada majoring in land use planning or related fields. Please note the deadline on applications is February 19th, 2013. For more information regarding 1000 Friends of Oregon you may visit our website at www.friends.org.  Or to view the internship description and how to apply go to https://www.friends.org/about/jobs_internships. (Nov.29, 2012)
The annual Research Week Program at Texas Southern University (TSU) will take place on April 2-5, 2013. All interested Research faculty, staff and students should submit the   registration form and personal photo to Larkins_ts@tsu.edu on or before Thursday, January 31, 2013.  Abstract acceptance notices and further instructions will be sent by February 28, 2012.  (Nov.22, 2012)
Zhonghua Jin (Tony), A Ph.D Student of UPEP is selected as an Executive Fellow in the 2013 IRF Road Scholar Program for international students. He will participate in the 10-day program at Washington DC in January, sponsored by the IRF. (Nov.16, 2012)
Dr. Magdy El-Sibaie, Associate Administrator who from U.S Department of Transportation will have lecture in TSU BJML at 5:00-6:00 p.m, Wednesday, November 7, 2012. (Nov. 6, 2012)

TSU Launch New Online Application Website. (Nov. 6, 2012)
The Senate Hispanic Research Council published a new deadline (November9, 2012) for students to apply internship and fellows program for the 83rd Texas legislative session. (Nov. 6, 2012)
Open House for Houston-Galveston Regional Plan for Sustainable Development; Thursday, November 8, 2012 3:00 p.m. – 6:30 p.m.( Come any time between then). (Nov. 6, 2012)
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Call for register for APA Internation Division- World Town Planning Day Online Conference,  November 6 & 7 (Oct 25, 2012Call for 2012 Houston Area GIS Day, November 9, 2012. (Oct, 10,2012)

Sunny Side/South Park Super Neighborhood Quarterly Town Hall will held on September 24, 2012 at Sunny Side Multipurpose Center, 4001 Wilmington- Wilmington @ Cullen, 6:00PM. (Sep 19,2012)

Community Partnership Exchange Breakfast will held on September 27, 2012 at 7427 Ardmore, Houston, TX, 77054, 9:00AM. (Sep 19,2012)

2012 UPEP-China-US Joint Planning and Design which successful hold by Texas Southern University and  Huazhong University of Science and Technology  at Wu Han, China in July 10-17. (Aug 21 2012)

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