Master of Urban and Regional Planning (MURP)

The MURP is a two-year degree program and is fully accredited by the Planning Accreditation Board, a joint undertaking of the American Institute of Certified Planners and the Association of Collegiate Schools of Planning. Approximately 70 new students enroll in the program each fall.

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Master’s students complete a minimum of 72 units. Students must select one or more of the following areas of concentration to focus their studies:

Ph.D. in Urban Planning

The Department of Urban Planning at UCLA is famous for producing outstanding planning scholars and teachers through its distinct mix of three program elements: top faculty in critical fields, a flexible curriculum, and superb opportunities for important and progressive research. Applicants to the Ph.D. program must have a Master’s degree in planning or a closely related field.

Requirements

CourseworkQuarter Enter With Urban Planning MastersEnter Without Urban Planning Masters
UP 207: Applied Microeconomics for UPFallX
UP 208A: Colloquium in Planning ResearchFallXX
UP 208B: Intro to Research Design **SpringXX
UP 208C: Advanced Research DesignFallXX
UP 211: Law & the Quality of Urban LifeSpringX
UP 220A: Quantitative Analysis in Planning IFallX
Up 220B: Quantitative Analysis in Planning IIWinterXX
Up 222A: Intro to Histories and Theories of PlanningFallX
UP 222B: Advanced Planning Theory IWinterXX
UP 222C: Advanced Planning Theory IISpringXX
Urbanization Requirement (choose one):

·UP 236A

·UP242

·UP M250

·UP 265A

·UP 281

VariousX
Three Advanced Research Methods courses related to your major field (selected in consultation with your faculty advisor)VariousXX
Three related courses in an area outside the major field (selected in consultation with your faculty advisor) ***VariousX

** Can be substituted for UP M204: Research Design and Methods for Social Policy (quarter varies)

*** Students who do not have a Master’s degree in Urban Planning must complete the master’s core. These courses will replace the outside field course requirement

Dissertation Examples

After successful completion of all requirements in planning theory and history, the major field, research methods, and outside coursework, students petition for appointment of  a doctoral committee.  The doctoral committee guides the student in preparing the dissertation, which is to be a monograph representing an original contribution to planning knowledge.

Visit our Student Projects page to see examples of Urban Planning dissertations

Undergraduate Minor in Urban Planning

The scale, diversity, balkanized governance, and natural environment of Southern California all contribute to making it an extraordinary natural laboratory for learning about urban and regional issues, whether the focus is on immigration, employment, the built environment, transportation, poverty, natural resources or a host of other challenges. The Minor in Urban and Regional Studies offers undergraduates a means of addressing some of these issues from an interdisciplinary perspective, offering a balanced mixture of theory, practice, and service learning courses.

The Urban and Regional Studies Minor requires the completion of seven (4 unit) classes. As shown in more detail below, the requirements for the minor consist of three parts meant to be taken in the order listed.

  1. Introductory course in urban planning (Urbn Pl 120 or 121)
  2. Five upper-division electives from Urban Planning
  3. A final capstone course (Urbn Pl 185SL, 195, 199)

Contact the adviser for undergraduate minors at: paul@luskin.ucla.edu.

Concurrent Degree Programs

Urban Planning has agreements with other departments at UCLA which allow us to offer joint degrees in less time than the sequential completion of the paired programs.  To apply to a concurrent degree program you must submit a complete application to each school separately and be admitted to both programs.

The JD program at the Law School

UCLA School of Law and UCLA’s Urban Planning Program offer concurrent study leading to a J.D. and an M.U.R.P. for those planning to specialize in the legal aspects of urban problems. Education in urban planning offers the student an overview of theories and methods that permit identification and treatment of urban problems; education in law offers insight into the institutional causes and possibilities for treatment of these problems. Approximately 1-2 students participate in this program each year.

  • A four-year program (120 weeks of residency credit).
  • Satisfactory completion of at least:
    • 71 first-year and elective Law School semester units
    • 72 Urban Planning quarter units

Concurrent Degree Requirements
Law School Contact

The MBA program at the Anderson School

The Anderson School of Management and UCLA’s Urban Planning Program offer concurrent study leading to an MBA and a MURP. By merging knowledge of the workings of the private and public sectors, the program aims to prepare students for careers in both private industry and public service. Graduates will have the skills necessary to move easily from one sector to the other. Approximately 2-3 students participate in this program each year.

  • A three-year program
  • Satisfactory completion of at least:
    • 72 – 96 MBA units
    • 48 – 72 MURP units

Concurrent Degree Requirements
Anderson School Contact

The MA in Latin American Studies

UCLA’s Latin American Studies and Urban Planning departments offer concurrent study leading to a MA and MURP. This concurrent degree program attracts students who intend to apply their urban planning knowledge to problem solving in Latin America.  Students in this interdisciplinary program acquire linguistic, methodological and area expertise.  Approximately 1-2 students participate in this program each year.

  • A three-year program
  • Satisfactory completion of at least:
    • 28 MA units
    • 72 MURP units

Concurrent Degree Requirements
Latin American Studies Contact

The MArch in Architecture and Urban Design

UCLA Architecture & Urban Design and UCLA’s Urban Planning Program offer concurrent study leading to an MArch and a MURP. The concurrent degree program is intended to serve the growing needs in public and private sectors for architects who are competent in dealing with social, economic, and environmental policy issues, and for urban planners who can integrate architecture and urban design into policy and planning practice. Approximately 2-3 students participate in this program each year.

  • A four-year program
  • Satisfactory completion of at least:
    • 90 MArch units
    • 72 MURP units

Concurrent Degree Requirements
AUD Contact

The MPH in Environmental Health Sciences in the Fielding School of Public Health

The Fielding School of Public Health, Department of Environmental Health Sciences and UCLA’s Urban Planning Program offer concurrent study leading to an M.P.H.. and an M.U.R.P The concurrent program is focused on the intersection between environmental toxicology (primarily air and water pollution and quality) and policy design and implementation, and community participation. Approximately 3-4 students participate in this program each year.

  • A three-year program
  • Satisfactory completion of at least:
    • 62 MPH units
    • 56 MURP units

Concurrent Degree Requirements
Environmental Health Sciences Contact

The MPH in Community Health Sciences in the Fielding School of Public Health

The Fielding School of Public Health, Department of Community Health Sciences and UCLA’s Urban Planning Program offer concurrent study leading to an MPH and an MURP. There are numerous connections between the disciplines of urban planning and community health sciences. Broadly, both examine the factors in the social and physical environment that determine community well-being, with social justice as a common theme. Common issues arising in research and coursework include access to resources (transportation, healthy food, medical facilities, and jobs); racial/ethnic health disparities; environmental justice; and international health and urbanization issues. Approximately 1-2 students participate in this program each year.

  • A three-year program
  • Satisfactory completion of at least:
    • 56 MPH units
    • 60 MURP units

Concurrent Degree Requirements
Community Health Sciences Contact

Certificate Programs

Specializations that provide graduate students with additional expertise in the following areas:  Design and Development, Food Studies, Global Public Affairs, Sustainability, Urban Humanities and Writing.

Design and Development

This certificate program is for urban planning students who would like to have a deeper specialization in city design and wish to take more courses and studios in Design and Development than those required by the area of concentration.

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Global Public Affairs @ Luskin

gpa logo2This program provides intellectual and professional preparation to future experts who plan to work within the realm of global public affairs. GPA offers four different  certificate clusters, which can be obtained in addition to any MPP, MURP, or MSW degree from the Luskin School.

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Urban Humanities Initiative

This program provides students with the opportunity to explore methodologies for both urban analysis and representational techniques. They will develop skills in digital media, spatial analysis, urban representation, film, animation, and narrative analysis.

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Food Studies Certificate

This  program will prepare students from diverse disciplines to address complex topics that span food cultures and histories, nutrition and public health, food policy and food justice, urban planning, and agrifood systems and the environment.

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Leaders in Sustainability

This program aims to provide a mechanism for graduate students at UCLA to pursue their interests in sustainability and collaborate with students from different fields.

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Writing Pedagogy

Writing Programs Logo_shadowThis program addresses the need of UCLA graduate students for more specialized training in undergraduate teaching and professional development.  The certificate provides opportunities for graduate students in all fields of study to enhance their teaching abilities, their theoretical knowledge of language and composition pedagogies, and their job market potential.

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Visitor Programs

Los Angeles and UCLA are enormously rich intellectual environments, and the Department of Urban Planning encourages faculty and students from other universities to take advantage of these resources with a visiting appointment at UCLA.

In encouraging visitors to our program we seek to foster a diverse intellectual environment of interaction among students and scholars of cities and planning from a wide variety of disciplinary and geographic backgrounds.

As UCLA operates on the academic quarter system, visitors may be in residence in the Department of Urban Planning for a minimum of one, but no more than four quarters. Most teaching and student activity occurs during the fall, winter, and spring quarters; the summers are quieter and devoted mostly to research.

There are four types of visitors:

Visiting Scholars

Visiting scholars are senior scholars and distinguished visitors who (1) hold a doctoral degree or the foreign equivalent and (2) an appointment comparable to that of a UCLA faculty member, and (3) are in most cases on temporary leave from their universities or research centers.

Visiting scholars are in residence for relatively short periods of time, usually no longer than a year. Visiting scholars usually conduct research conceived and funded prior to coming to UCLA. While in some cases they collaborate on research projects and publications with UCLA faculty members, these collaborations are in all cases established prior to their arrival at UCLA. Ordinarily, visiting scholars are self-supported, or have adequate support funds from sources outside the University and are considered peers of the faculty, unlike postdoctoral scholars who enroll with the Graduate Division for an approved postdoctoral research and training objective under faculty supervision. Visiting Scholars are largely independent and autonomous. They interact with faculty sponsors, students, and other faculty, but they receive no formal mentoring or guidance.

Fees: A Visiting Scholar fee of $3,000 per quarter or $9,000 per year is charged. This fee covers costs currently charged by the university to process visa applications and Bruin Card applications as well as faculty and staff time in facilitating and advising visiting scholars with their research/study program while at UCLA, administration of the departmental Visiting Scholar program and overhead charges on facilities and equipment.

Applying & Privileges (PDF)

Visiting Affiliates

A scholar who is currently enrolled in a degree program at his/her home institution and wishes to visit UCLA to pursue independent research, usually in preparation of the doctoral dissertation, may request Departmental sponsorship as a Visiting Affiliate. While this title grants visiting privileges at UCLA, it does not grant academic credit. Visiting Affiliates interact with faculty sponsors, students and other faculty, but they receive no formal mentoring or guidance. Visiting affiliates may enroll in Public Policy courses through UCLA Extension with permission of the instructor for an additional fee.

Fees: A Visiting Affiliate fee of $3,000 per quarter or $9,000 per year is charged. This fee covers costs currently charged by the university to process visa applications and Bruin Card applications as well as faculty and staff time in facilitating and advising visiting scholars with their research/study program while at UCLA, administration of the departmental Visiting Scholar program and overhead charges on facilities and equipment. This is not tuition.

Applying & Privileges (PDF)

Non Degree Objective (NDO) Students

The Dean of the Graduate Division or his or her designated representative may grant admission on rare occasions to applicants who meet the entrance requirements imposed by the Graduate Council, and who seek to undertake coursework acceptable in graduate standing without a graduate degree objective (e.g., students making up subject deficiencies for entrance into medical school; teachers with master’s degrees or higher needing a term or two of refresher study for sabbatical leave; and foreign students on a year’s exchange). Visiting students who are interested obtaining academic credit for UCLA coursework should apply for NDO status through the UCLA Graduate Admissions Office.

Fees: Those admitted to NDO status are expected to pay the same fees and tuition as regular students.

Postdoctoral Scholars

Postdoctoral scholars hold a doctoral degree or the foreign equivalent. Unlike Visiting Scholars, Postdoctoral Scholars enroll with the UCLA Graduate Division for an approved research and training program under faculty supervision. Postdoctoral scholars normally apply in response to a formal position announcement, though in some cases the postdoctoral position may be established independently with an individual faculty member.

Postdoctoral scholars are relatively rare, as they usually require funding from a research project housed at UCLA, and the funding from these projects is most often reserved for UCLA graduate students. Most postdoctoral positions at UCLA Luskin are sponsored by research centers, not by academic departments.