Urban Planning Admissions


Urban Planning Admissions


UCLA Luskin Urban Planning's Competitive Advantage:
Studying  planning in one of the world's great cities with leading faculty, accomplished alumni, and the very best fellow students; this is what sets UCLA apart.

  • Top Faculty: Our faculty are some of the most widely-recognized and admired scholars in their field. A 2009 Thomson Reuters study of urban studies scholarship ranked UCLA #1 in research publications in the U.S. over the five year period from 2004 to 2008.  A study from the Journal of Planning Education and Research ranked UCLA's Urban Planning department as the top program in the nation on the combined basis of two indicators: the number of citations of planning faculty research and the number of publications in peer-reviewed journals.  Our faculty also includes a cadre of action-oriented practitioners.

  • Top Students:  Our students are bright, accomplished, diverse and passionate and are constantly honored for their work.  In 2014-15, two of our students were named Howard & Irene Levine Distinguished Fellow in Housing and Social Responsibility, and another received the Bohnett Fellowship through the Mayor's Office. For a complete list of honors, click here.

  • Top Curriculum: Our courses bring both scholarly research and professional practice to bear on questions of urban planning, public policy, and social and environmental change. MURP areas of concentration include: Community Economic Development and Housing; Design and Development;  Environmental Analysis and Policy; Regional and International Development; and Transportation Policy and Planning.  We also offer Certificate Programs in Global Public Affairs @ UCLA Luskin; Urban HumanitiesDesign and Development; Food Studies.

  • A History of Excellence:   In existence for more than 40 years, the Department of Urban Planning has graduated over 2,000 students from its professionally accredited master's degree program.

  • Diverse and global:  52% females and 58% students of color.  Students have lived and worked in countries all over the world.

  • Financial Support UCLA Graduate Division awards numerous fellowships, including the Eugene Cota-Robles and Graduate Opportunity Fellowships, targeted toward supporting diversity. Luskin School-wide fellowships support our commitment to social justice. The department offers competitive merit-based fellowships to top applicants.  All eligible MURP students receive a need-based fellowship award. Ph.D. students are typically fully-funded (tuition and fees) for a minimum of four years.

  • Employability: Alumni survey data indicate that 95 percent of our graduates are employed in full time professional planning or planning related jobs within one year of graduation. Approximately six percent of our MURP graduates take the AICP exam within three years of graduation and 100 percent of those who have taken the exam have passed.

  • LocationUCLA offers action-oriented study in arguably the most dynamic region in the world.
Thank you for your interest in UCLA's Department of Urban Planning. We encourage you to join us at one of our recruitment events, or to contact us at with any questions you might have.