M.R.P. Key Metrics

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.

  • 92 percent of students who graduated between 2009–12 reported they were satisfied/very satisfied with CRP's flexibility and support for their individual academic interests in planning

  • 77 percent of students who graduated from 2009–12 reported being satisfied/very satisfied with their preparation for employment through the M.R.P program

Alumni Employment Information

Time to Gain Employment After Graduation

Based on a survey of graduates from 2007 to 2012, 83 percent were employed within 12 months following graduation and 30 percent were already employed before graduation.

2014 Survey of Graduates 2007–12, N = 87 respondents

Annual Salary

The salary information below was provided by alumni who graduated anytime between two to five years earlier. This information includes entry- and higher-level salaries.

2014 Survey of Graduates 2007–12, N = 87 respondents

Positions Held Since Graduation

Alumni of Cornell's M.R.P. program are prepared for a variety of positions. The chart above shows the distribution of position types held since graduation based on a 2014 Survey of Graduates from 2007–12 (N = 87 respondents; graduates may have held jobs in more than one sector). 

More detailed information from two recent graduate surveys is provided below.

Graduates - 2012   41
Responses   30
Response rate   61%
Employment with one year of graduation: (graduates may have held jobs in more than one sector). Planning related: public sector 27%
  Planning related: private for-profit sector 27%
  Planning related: private-nonprofit sector 17%
  Not planning related 33%
Total employment within one year of graduation   86%
Graduates - 2013   44
Responses   29
Response rate   66%
Employment with one year of graduation: (graduates may have held jobs in more than one sector). Planning related: public sector 28%
  Planning related: private for-profit sector 24%
  Planning related: private-nonprofit sector 17%
  Not planning related 34%
Total employment within one year of graduation   96%

Tuition and Fees

Cornell's M.R.P. tuition for academic year 2015–16 is $32,000, and fees are $81. This is lower than most of the top planning schools in the nation. The board of trustees determines the tuition rate each winter for the following academic year. For more information, please visit the Cornell Graduate School website.

AICP Exam Pass Rate

Graduation year May 2007 May 2008 May 2009 May 2010 May 2011 May 2012 May 2013
Master's program graduates who take the exam within three years of graduation    
Percent of takers who pass the exam 100 100 100 100 100 100 NA

Note: Many of our students pursue international careers where certification is not necessary and thus do not take the AICP licensing exam.

Student Retention and Graduation Rates

Cornell's M.R.P. program is highly competitive. Each year for the past few years, 200 to 300 applications were received by the program. Of these, about a third of the applicants were admitted, and about 50 enrolled. 

Most students complete their degrees in two years. Though students typically finish course work in two years of study, some take longer to finish their exit projects because they do field research, pursue overseas internships (e.g., as part of our Peace Corps Masters International Program), or work as interns with the agencies on which their exit projects are based. Many also participate in dual-degree programs with real estate and landscape architecture, which may add one to two years to the typical time needed to graduate.

Academic year Number admitted Retention rate* Graduated within four years Graduation rate**
2007–08 24 100% 21 88%
2008–09 33 91% 29 97%
2009–10 56 95% 49 92%
2010–11 48 98% 42 89%
2011–12 49 98% 44 92%
2012–13 41 100% 36 88%
2013–14 50 98% 28 57%

* The percentage of first year students who return the next academic year is referred to as the "retention rate."

** "Graduation Rate" is calculated based on 200 percent of normal time for Master's (within four years).

Number of degrees awarded:

  • 2011 - 46
  • 2012 - 43
  • 2013 - 44
  • 2014 - 42

Updated December 2015