The UCLA Department of Urban Planning is at the intersection of unique academic, regional, geographic and professional resources that create a learning environment unlike any other. Los Angeles, one of the most culturally diverse and exciting urban settings in the world, serves as a unique laboratory for faculty and students to study and solve urban issues and problems. The world-class faculty in the department — nationally and internationally recognized scholars and leaders in community development, environmental planning, housing, land development, regional and international development, transportation, and urban design — prepare master’s and doctoral degree students to address the social, economic and spatial relationships that shape society.

For 50 years, UCLA’s Department of Urban Planning has been a leading center of innovation and action. We are consistently ranked among the nation’s top planning programs.  We study urgent and topical issues at multiple scales and using interdisciplinary approaches — from local community development in Southern California to global environmental degradation.

Who We Are

Nolan Gray


Published author

Click here to learn more about Nolan’s book against zoning practices.

Jacqueline Waggoner


President at Solutions Division, for Enterprise Community Partners, Inc.

Click here to learn more about Jacqueline’s background and career.

Ananya Roy


Founding Director of the Institute on Inequality and Democracy

Click here to learn more about the $1.5 million grant that the Institute on Inequality and Democracy secured for their social justice mission.

Academic Programs

A two-year professional-degree program focused on the role of cities and urban space located in one of the world’s truly global cities — Los Angeles.

Dual-degree programs with the following other graduate programs on the UCLA campus:  architecture, business, Latin American Studies, law and public health.

A four-year academic program in which students develop the research skills and experience to produce influential scholarship and secure jobs at leading research institutions.

The Urban School of Sciences Po (Paris) and the Urban Planning Department at UCLA (Los Angeles), two of the most highly rated programs in urbanism, policies, governance and urban planning in the world, have launched a new dual master’s degree program.

The UCLA Luskin Undergraduate Program offers a Bachelors of Arts in Public Affairs and minor programs in Public Affairs, Gerontology, and Urban and Regional Studies.

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.

The Department of Urban Planning welcomes applications to be a Visiting Scholar, a Visiting Graduate Researcher, or a Postdoctoral Scholar in the Luskin School of Public Affairs.


aerial view of downtown Chicago

Increasing Urbanization Contributes to Racial and Gender Pay Inequality, Study Shows Newly published research finds that an 'urban wage premium' in large cities primarily benefits white and male workers

Newly published research finds that an “urban wage premium” in large cities primarily benefits white and male workers.

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Department of Urban Planning
Luskin School of Public Affairs
University of California Los Angeles
3250 Public Affairs Building
Box 951656
Los Angeles, CA 90095-1656
Phone: (310) 825-4025
Fax: (310) 206-5566

Michael Manville
Department Chair
(310) 206-7150

Robin McCallum
(310) 206-7150

Sean Campbell
Assoc Dir, Admissions and Recruitment
(310) 825-8957

Amy Tinoco
Academic Program Coordinator
(310) 825-2892

Danielle Maris Lacob
Graduate Advisor
(310) 825-7331

Ervin Huang
Student Affairs Officer
(310) 825-5581

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