The required core curriculum provides students with a foundational education in planning. Through the selection of electives, students may pursue a generalist planning degree or identify a specific area of planning in which to develop further expertise.

Some examples include: environmental planning, housing and community development, land use planning, transportation, and international development planning. Students develop a curriculum that fits their professional aspirations and meets program requirements in consultation with the department’s faculty members and the Graduate Coordinator. A Professional Report, Community Practicum, Thesis, or Examination will be selected as the capstone requirement, to be successfully completed in the second year of study.

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A total of 72 graduate units are required including 32 units of core courses and 32 units of elective courses, as well as successfully completing 8 capstone units. Core courses include:

Year One:

  • History of Urban Planning
  • Microeconomics
  • Planning Theory
  • Planning and Design Graphics
  • Quantitative Analysis

Year Two:

  • Law course (choose from Environmental Law or Development Law)
  • Additional Methods course (choose from: Analytical Methods, Qualitative Methods: Field Work, Regional Analysis, Demographics for Planning, GIS for Planning)
  • Urban Settlements course (choose from Housing, Land Use, Regional Development or California's Population)
  • Capstone Exit Requirement (Professional Report, Planning Practicum, Thesis, or Examination option)

The department's Schedule of Courses for current and recent years is available from the Academics pull-down in the top menu.