M.R.P. Key Metrics

Tuition and Fees

Tuition and fees for Cornell's M.R.P. program for 2017–18 are calculated for one full academic year (fall and spring semesters) and include tuition rates plus fees.

  • In-state residents: $34,529
  • Out-of-state students: $34,529

For more information please visit the Cornell Graduate School website.

Student Retention and Graduation Rates

The retention rate for a master's program is the percentage of first-year students who return the next academic year. The retention rate for a bachelor's program is the percentage of declared majors enrolled one year later, excluding those who graduated.

The graduation rate for a master's program is the percentage of students who graduate within four years of enrolling. The graduation rate for a bachelor's program is the percentage of students who graduate within six years of enrolling.

Academic year Number admitted Retention rate Graduated within four years Graduation rate
2011–12 49 84% 39 80%
2012–13 51 82% 38 75%
2013–14 47 91% 37 79%*
2014-15 39 90% 22 56%**
2015–16 39 92% -- --
2016-17 40 100% -- --

* three year graduation rate
** two year graduation rate

  • Number of degrees awarded, 2015–16 academic year = 40
  • Number of degrees awarded, 2014–15 academic year = 43
  • Number of degrees awarded, 2013–14 academic year = 37

AICP Exam Pass Rate

Professional Certification Percent
Percentage of master's graduates taking the AICP exam within three years who pass: Graduating class of 2012 100%
Percentage of master's graduates taking the AICP exam within three years who pass: Graduating class of 2013 100%
Percentage of master's graduates taking the AICP exam within three years who pass: Graduating class of 2014 n/a
Percentage of master's graduates taking the AICP exam within three years who pass: Graduating class of 2015 n/a

AICP exam pass-rate data are collected by the APA. For more information on the APA or AICP Certification, visit the APA website.

Employment Rate

The employment rate measures the percentage of M.R.P. graduates who obtain planning and planning-related positions or elect to pursue an advanced degree within one year of graduation.

Graduating class of 2014 81%
Graduating class of 2015 77%

Note: Limited to graduates whose employment information is known.

Graduates find full-time employment in a variety of sectors including with the government, private consulting firms, and nonprofit organizations. Planning or planning-related jobs include planning and municipal consultant, city planner, urban planner, land use planner, program manager, research associate, sustainability associate, transportation planner, transit planner, development associate, and planner/spatial analyst.

Student Achievement

Cornell's M.R.P. program is designed to allow students to tailor their curriculum to their individual academic interests. The department measures student achievement by graduates' satisfaction with the program's flexibility and support for their individual academic interests in planning, their preparation for employment in the planning field, and by actual employment metrics.

  • 93 percent of students who graduated between 2011–14 reported they were satisfied/very satisfied with CRP's flexibility and support for their individual academic interests in planning.

  • 82 percent of students who graduated between 2011–14 reported being satisfied/very satisfied with their preparation for employment through the M.R.P program.

Updated June 2017