2020-2021 Admission Requirements for the Graduate Major in Urban and Regional Planning

Admissions Requirements for the Graduate Major in Urban and Regional Planning


APPLYING

After exploring options and choosing a specific program, follow the steps on our University’s graduate application process:

Deadlines to apply

MURP: December 15, 2019

Admission Limited to

Fall

Exams & GRE Types

GRE: General

Letters of Recommendation

3

UCLA-Wide Graduate Admissions Requirements

Degree-Specific Admissions Requirements

In addition to the University's minimum requirements and those listed above, all applicants are expected to submit a statement of purpose and all supplemental materials as outlined on the Department of Urban Planning MURP Application Checklist, available on the Luskin School website.

The statement of purpose (consult the prompt on the MURP Application Checklist), letters of recommendation (at least one academic letter from a faculty member who has taught the applicant, if still relevant; other letters should be from a direct supervisor of the applicant's work), grade-point averages, GRE scores, and resume of relevant planning-related experience are all required. These items are all evaluated in the review process. Applicants must submit unofficial transcripts from each institution attended, and official transcripts from all degree-granting institutions.

Applications cannot be reviewed until all of the above items are received.

For applicants who do not meet the University's English language requirement, the department expects a score of at least 600 (paper-based test) or 100 (internet-based test) on the TOEFL, or an overall band score of at least 7.0 on the IELTS.

Undergraduate preparation in college algebra and microeconomics is recommended prior to enrolling in the MURP program. Before enrolling in the program, students must demonstrate the ability to master skills in quantitative methods. This requirement can be met by a grade of B+ or better in a college mathematics course (minimum level: College Algebra), a minimum quantitative GRE percentile rank of 56, or satisfactory completion of a three-week preparatory Math Camp offered by the Urban Planning department, prior to the beginning of the Fall Quarter.

Urban Planning, MURP/Law, J.D.

The School of Law and the Department of Urban Planning in the Luskin School of Public Affairs offer a concurrent plan of study providing an integrated curriculum for those planning to specialize in the legal aspects of urban problems. Education in planning offers an overview of theories and methods that permit identification and treatment of urban problems; education in law offers insight into the institutional causes and possibilities for treatment of these problems. Students pursue studies in both areas and receive both the J.D. and MURP degrees at the end of four years.

In order to be considered for the concurrent degree program, applicants must apply separately and be admitted to both the School of Law and the Department of Urban Planning.

Further details regarding coursework and program structure may be obtained from the graduate adviser in the Department of Urban Planning.

Management, M.B.A./Urban Planning, MURP

The M.B.A./MURP program is a three-year concurrent degree program jointly sponsored by the Anderson Graduate School of Management and the Department of Urban Planning in the Luskin School of Public Affairs. The program is designed for individuals who seek careers which draw on general and specialized skills in urban planning and management. By providing knowledge of the workings of both the private and public sectors, the program enables individuals who have acquired these skills to move easily between careers in private industry and public service.

Applicants interested in the M.B.A./MURP program should contact the M.B.A. Program Office, Anderson Graduate School of Management, regarding admission requirements and application procedures.

Further details regarding coursework and program structure may be obtained from the graduate adviser in the Department of Urban Planning.

Latin American Studies, M.A./Urban Planning, MURP

The Latin American Studies Program and the Department of Urban Planning in the Luskin School of Public Affairs offer a two and one-half to three-year concurrent degree program leading to an M.A. degree and a MURP degree. Issues related to migration and settlement, comparative urbanization, human resources development and distribution, and rural economics are all of direct concern to planners and other policymakers working in Latin America. The program provides an integrated curriculum through which students can develop professional knowledge and skills while receiving advanced area studies and language training.

Applicants who are interested in this concurrent degree program must apply separately and be admitted to both the M.A. program in Latin American Studies and the MURP program in Urban Planning. Further details regarding coursework and program structure may be obtained from the graduate adviser in the Department of Urban Planning.

Architecture, M.Arch.I/Urban Planning, MURP

The Architecture and Urban Design Department in the School of the Arts and Architecture and the Department of Urban Planning in the Luskin School of Public Affairs offer a concurrent plan of study providing an integrated curriculum for architects interested in specializing in social, economic, and environmental policy issues and for urban planners interested in integrating architecture and urban design into policy and planning practice. Education in planning offers an overview of theories and methods that permit identification and treatment of urban problems; education in architecture stresses physical, aesthetic and technical issues in the design of buildings and building complexes. In the program, a student pursues studies in both schools/departments and receives both the Master of Architecture Degree (M.Arch. I) and the Master of Urban Planning (MURP) at the end of four years.

A student who is interested in the concurrent degree program, must apply and be admitted to the M.Arch. I Program in the Department of Architecture and Urban Design, and the MURP Program in the Department of Urban Planning.

Further details regarding coursework and program structure may be obtained from the graduate adviser in the Department of Urban Planning or the graduate adviser in the Department of Architecture and Urban Design.

Public Health, M.PH (Environmental Health Sciences)/Urban Planning, MURP

The Environmental Health Sciences department in the School of Public Health and the department of Urban Planning in the School of Public Affairs offer a concurrent plan of study providing an integrated curriculum for students interested in interdisciplinary training on the public health consequences of urban planning. Students in this program study how public health intersects with urban design and land use patterns, location choices and acticity participation, economic factors, equity and social justice, governance and institutional management and planning for sustainability.

Concurrent students pursue studies in both schools/departments and following three years of full time study earn both the Master of Public Health with an emphasis in Environmental Health Sciences and the Master of Urban and Regional Planning.

Applicants must apply and be admitted to both the M.P.H and MURP programs. Further details regarding coursework and program structure may be obtained from the admissions office or graduate adviser in either the department of Environmental Health Sciences or the Department of Urban Planning.

Public Health, M.P.H. (Community Health Sciences)/Urban Planning, M.U.R.P.

The Community Health Sciences department in the Fielding School of Public Health and the Department of Urban Planning in the Luskin School of Public Affairs offer a concurrent plan of study which examines the factors in the social and physical environment that determine community well-being, with social justice a common theme. Common issues arising in research and coursework include access to resources (transportation, healthy food, medical facilities, and jobs); racial/ethnic health disparities; environmental justice; and international health and urbanization issues.

Concurrent students pursue studies in both schools/departments and following three years of full time study earn both the Master of Public Health with an emphasis in Community Health Sciences and the Master of Urban and Regional Planning.

Applicants must apply and be admitted to both the M.P.H. and M.U.R.P. programs. Further details regarding corusework and program structure may be obtained from the admissions office or graduate adviser in either the department of Community Health Sciences or the department of Urban Planning.

Program Name

Urban and Regional Planning
(Urban Planning)

Leading to the
degree of

Master of Urban and Regional Planning

Major Code

0916

Address

3250 Public Affairs Building
Box 951656
Los Angeles, CA 90095-1656

Phone

(310) 825-4025

Email

upinfo@luskin.ucla.edu

Website

luskin.ucla.edu/urban-planning