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Master of Urban Planning California State University Northridge




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The Master of Urban Planning provides a broad-based education in urban planning, especially as it is practiced in the State of California, where a wide range of state laws and mandates have created a planning environment that is distinct from its practice in much of the rest of the United States. The degree’s curriculum is thoroughly grounded in the academic and applied dimensions of the profession. Classroom experience emphasizes key theoretical aspects of urban planning, while practical exercises and field experiences address how planning problems are addressed at the local and regional level. The 36-credit-unit master’s degree in urban planning is designed to be completed in two calendar years. The degree program is cohort driven with new class cohorts beginning each year in the Fall semester. Once a cohort starts, no other student will be accepted into the cohort. This degree is designed especially to serve the needs of working students and professionals. Classes are scheduled for evenings and Saturdays and are scheduled sequentially over the course of the 2-year program. It is intended that the students receive as much exposure to different professional planning environments as possible through field experiences and assignments in the Los Angeles metropolitan area.

Student Learning Outcomes

Principles, Theory and History

  • Graduates will know the basic principles, applicable theory and history of urban planning as it is practiced in the United States and more specifically in the State of California. This will include the ability to contextualize the economic, social and political factors which affect and often dictate urban planning practice at the local and regional level.
  • Explain the basic principles and techniques of urban planning research and practice from a U.S. perspective.
  • Describe principles of urban planning and their application.
  • Describe the principles and applied aspects of sustainable development.
  • Explain economic and social factors affecting urban planning.

Course options

Here are the different ways in which you can study Master of Urban Planning.

Full Time (36 credit hours)

Tuition fees

$8,472.00 (6,20,871) per year

Tuition and fees: USD $4,236 for seven or more units per semester plus USD $396 per unit




College of Social and Behavioral Sciences

Sierra Hall, Room 401,

18111 Nordhoff Street,



91330, United States

Entry requirement for international students

Hold a baccalaureate (bachelor’s) degree from an officially accredited university or college. Applicants from a wide variety of academic backgrounds will be accepted, but those with bachelor’s degrees in the social sciences, engineering, design and architecture are often best prepared for graduate study in planning.

Have an overall GPA of 3.0 or greater for courses taken in the bachelor’s degree. Postgraduate coursework is included in the calculation only if it is standard academic offerings at the upper level (third year/junior level or above). Nonstandard credit offerings (professional training, CEU courses, nondegree or other professional credit) are not included in the calculation.

IELTS Academic - International English Language Test System: 6.5

PTE Academic - Pearson’s Test of English: 58

TOEFL - Test of English as a Foreign Language: Internet Based score: 79; Paper-based score: 550

iTEP Academic - International Test of English Proficiency: 4.0

DET – Duolingo English Test: 105

* Please check with your chosen school for the exact entry requirements for your programme.

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