Students from any major can benefit from minoring in urban and regional planning. Social scientists will learn public management and community organizing. Engineers will learn about urban infrastructure systems, including water supply and transportation. Humanities majors will discover that planning thought draws heavily on critical analyses of race, class, and ethnicity. Science majors will find that planners apply knowledge of statistics, engineering, and environmental systems to solve complex problems.
The field of urban studies investigates cities and urban life in their physical, environmental, social, economic, and political manifestations. It explores the causes, prevalence, and consequences of urban challenges, and considers the theory and practice of addressing such challenges. Its subjects range in scale from global social inequalities to the local and personal ramifications of neighborhood design.
Prospective graduate students from all backgrounds, including humanities, social sciences, physical sciences, natural sciences, architecture and engineering, are welcome to apply to the Planning Master's program. Minimum admission standards normally include a cumulative undergraduate G.P.A. of at least 3.0 on a 4.0 scale and a promising performance on the Graduate Record Examinations (GRE). Please note: the GRE requirement is waived for domestic applicants with an undergraduate GPA of 3.3 and above. The GRE is required of all international applicants.
The Master of Public Policy (MPP) Program at UC Irvine is a two-year professional degree program. Students are required to complete 72 credits of graduate courses. In the first year, students will attend an introductory conference, participate in a workshop, and take seven core courses and two elective courses. In the summer after the first year, students will participate in a policy-relevant internship in an appropriate government, business, or nonprofit setting. In the second year, students take three core courses and five elective courses.
The Department of Planning, Policy, and Design and the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering in The Henry Samueli School of Engineering offer a concurrent degree program that allows students to earn a Master's of Urban and Regional Planning and Civil Engineering. The concurrent degree program requires 72 units of study. In Urban and Regional Planning, the student completes a set of core courses and electives. In Engineering, the program is organized around two tracks: (1) transportation systems, and (2) environmental hydrology and water resources with core elective courses.
The Ph.D. program admits qualified students with a bachelor's or master's degree from a variety of social science, humanities, and physical science disciplines or from professional fields, including planning, policy, and design. Students who are admitted have a strong background in at least one of the academic disciplines related to urban planning, public policy, or design-behavior research, and a demonstrated fit with existing faculty research interests and expertise.