Master of Urban Planning

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USC Price is making a significant investment into expanding the visualization of public policy and urban planning with the launch of the Spatial Analysis Lab (SLAB), aiming to experiment with multimedia sights and sounds to bring attention to overlooked urban spaces and people. These visual tools enhance Price’s commitment to social justice and equity. Learn more »
Renowned Faculty: Price faculty members are distinguished scholars who share a deep and abiding commitment and teaching. Our adjunct faculty members are drawn from the vast pool of professional urban planning talent available in the region and beyond. Read about our faculty scholarship and teaching, in their own words, in our Faculty Voice Series »
The Graduate Certificate in Social Justice explores the factors that contribute to a broad range of disparities (or inequities) and the challenges that exist when managing, planning and policy making among diverse populations. Learn more »
The Graduate Certificate in Real Estate Development provides an overview of the development process and specific training on the financial modeling and market analysis skills used to evaluate the success of a real estate project. Learn more »
The Atlantic published an op-ed by USC Price Associate Professor Annette Kim, director of the Spatial Analysis Lab (SLAB), titled “Satellite images can harm the poorest citizens.” Read more »

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The Master of Urban Planning

US News Best Grad Schools, Public Affairs in Urban Policy 2021

The Master of Urban Planning (MUP) program at the USC Price School of Public Policy is one of the most distinguished academic programs of its kind. USC Price is ranked 2nd overall among public affairs schools – and No. 1 in the Urban Policy category – according to U.S. News & World Report; and Planetizen considers the MUP program one of Top 10 Graduate Urban Planning Programs.

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The Price MUP program is accredited by the Planning Accreditation Board of the American Planning Association.

Our Mission: The mission of the Master of Urban Planning program is to educate students to become leaders in the planning issues and comprehensive urban development processes of the 21st Century. We achieve that mission through a master of planning education that links theory and practice, emphasizing analytical and communication skills, critical thinking, creative design, community engagement, collaborative decision-making, and democratic governance in a globalizing world.

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What makes the USC Price School MUP program so unique?

Urban planning is being reshaped by an explosion of data. USC Price is committed to bridging from innovations in data, visualization, and spatial analysis to the field’s core functions at the nexus of human behavior, policy, and the built environment. USC and Price have a unique set of strengths at the intersection of spatial and visual analysis, big data, and media.

Yet simply focusing on data and technology will not bring more just cities. Big data and smart cities are too often applied in ways that are blind to questions of distribution, and that reinforce patterns of inequities. At USC Price, we are committed to linking from data to questions of equity and social justice. We have built a core curriculum that focuses on questions of justice and inclusion, and we are committed to leadership on those questions.

Develop Expertise: Master of Urban Planning Concentrations

  • Arts and Culture
  • Design of the Built Environment
  • Economic Development
  • Environmental Planning and Analysis
  • Housing and Real Estate Development
  • Mobility and Transportation Planning

Dual Degree Options: 11 different dual degree options are available for students interested in mastering two disciplines, often over an accelerated period of time.

Online Master’s Degree Option: The Online Executive Master of Urban Planning graduate program is tailored for experienced professionals who know that cities are our greatest challenge and opportunity and seek to leverage this opportunity by building careers at the intersection of urban planning and the economics of real estate development.

Los Angeles: The Price School’s location in the heart Southern California provides MUP graduates perspective that can be translated globally. In addition, L.A. is the largest planning job market in the world.