USC Price School of Public Policy

Executive Master of Urban Planning

An accelerated online graduate program focused on the intersection between the practice of urban planning and the economics of urban development

Executive Master of Urban Planning

You know that cities are our greatest opportunity and challenge. You are committed to building cities that succeed fiscally and that improve society. Most importantly, you know that the key to that success is managing the intersection between good planning and the economics of real estate development. You work at that intersection and you want to become an expert on the interplay between planning and development.

The USC Price Executive Master of Urban Planning degree trains leaders to understand both the public and private sector and how they interact, recognizing that planning and development must seamlessly knit together to make our cities work for the common good.

Building homeless supportive housing, managing the transition to zero emission transportation, supporting social mobility — all of these and much more require a new generation of leaders.

Why this degree?


Urban development is increasingly complex. Projects and plans must navigate rising expectations, dwindling public resources, increasing regulation, and a pattern of political forces that simultaneously restrict government support and increase income inequality. These trends combine to create the need for more specialized training to pursue traditional urban planning objectives with enhanced understanding of development economics and local government constraints.

The Executive Master of Urban Planning program directly bridges the gap between urban planning goals and the objectives and constraints of effective real estate development while giving students the flexible schedule of an online program.

Students will learn:

  • urban economics and project finance
  • regulatory context, governance, outreach, and citizen participation
  • urban design and site analysis
  • Big Data analytics and visualization
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Where ideas meet impact

You might be:

  • A city manager who wants to work more effectively with planners and developers
  • A senior analyst or project manager who needs to better understand the complex public approval process
  • A middle management planner who needs to learn more about the interaction of planning with the development community
  • An architect or landscape architect who designs infill projects or master planned communities
  • A public administrator whose work is primarily in infrastructure or public works and who needs more specialized planning knowledge
  • An affordable housing professional who needs more knowledge about navigating the project approvals process and reaching out to stakeholders
  • An engineer whose work requires a view of economics, politics, and planning
  • A land use attorney looking to gain deeper understanding of the economics of development

Why USC Price?

USC Price uniquely combines excellence in urban planning, real estate, public policy, and public management. USC Price’s commitment to urban planning education dates to 1929 and USC was one of the first universities to offer graduate education in real estate development.

USC Price is ranked:

  • 4th among US Policy Schools (U.S. News & World Report 2017)
  • 9th among US Urban Planning programs (Planetizen 1st-5th editions)
  • 3rd among US policy schools in City Management and Urban Policy (U.S. News & World Report 2017)

USC Price faculty members include:

  • Four fellows of the Homer Hoyt Institute of Real Estate
  • The vice-president and president-elect of the Association of Collegiate Schools of Planning
  • Sixteen members of the National Academy of Public Administration



Students can complete the Executive Master of Urban Planning degree in 16 months while working full time. The coursework combines the best of online education with a small number of in-person meetings tailored to the needs of working professionals.


Graduates will be ready to take positions as team leaders and strategic thinkers. These include rising executive positions in public agencies, private firms, nonprofit organizations, and consulting companies.


    — Five to seven years of relevant work experience
    — Bachelor’s degree
    — No GRE exam required


September 1 priority deadline for spring 2019 enrollment; rolling admissions until November 1, 2018 as space is available.

For more information, please contact Marisol Rios, Director of Recruitment and Admission:

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