Professor Doug Houston, Program Director, on the Master of Urban and Regional Planning program:
Urban and Regional Planning is a dynamic, cutting edge field that attracts diverse individuals and draws upon and integrates knowledge from geography, economics, design, sociology, environmental studies, political science, urban studies, and other fields. Planners use a range of skills from critical thinking to spatial analysis to environmental sustainability assessment to understand and improve our world.
The UC Irvine Master of Urban and Regional Planning program prepares students to play a significant role in creating a desirable future by confronting the complex physical and social challenges in our cities and regions. It is a professional program that is a gateway to opportunities in Planning and Planning-related practice including work in the private, public, and nonprofit sectors. Planners hold positions in all aspects of planning and development such as environmental sustainability, economic development, housing production and policy, land use and transportation planning, international development planning, and community organizing and development.
If you are curious, thoughtful, socially responsible and concerned with the present and the future, then you are a great candidate for a Master of Urban and Regional Planning degree at the University of California, Irvine.