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
planning faculty research and the number of publications in
peer-reviewed journals. Our faculty also includes a cadre of
A History of Excellence: Inexistence 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.
UCLA Graduate Division awards numerous fellowships, including the
Eugene Cota-Robles and Graduate Opportunity Fellowships, targeted toward
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.
Location: UCLA offers action-oriented study in arguably the most dynamic region in the world.
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