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.
The Price MUP program is accredited by the Planning Accreditation Board of the American Planning Association.
“Half of humanity not lives in urban areas. As challenges of sustainability, economic development, human health, and democratic governance play out in cities and mega-cities across the globe, urban planners will have an increasingly critical role to play.”Professor Marlon Boarnet
Chair, Master of Planning Program
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.
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.
Master of Urban Planning Concentrations
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.
The Department of Urban Planning and Spatial Analysis will host eight panel discussions for students. Each panel will be feature practice leaders who will describe their career path and introduce students to career opportunities.