ucla urban planning master's degree program
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DESCRIPTIONBuild Cities, or rebuild cities, that are vibrant, just, and sustainable. Empower people to transform their communities, and themselves. Immerse yourself in the living laboratory of Los Angeles: one of the most dynamic and diverse regions of the world. Opportunity and possibility? Limitless. Welcome to Urban Planning at UCLA.
ImAgIneif you could CHANGE the way cities work.
MAstErs DEGrEE iN urbAN PlANNiNG
Welcome to Urban Planning at UCLA.
oPPortuNity AND Possibility? Limitless.
builD CitiEs, or rebuild cities, that are vibrant,
just, and sustainable. | EMPoWEr PEoPlE to
transform their communities, and themselves. |
iMMErsE yoursElF in the living laboratory
of Los Angeles: one of the most dynamic and
diverse regions of the world.
Building Cities and Regions, empowering Communities
Professional planners solve problems
at many scales: in neighborhoods,
cities, and large-scale regions.
the Urban Planning PrOFessiOn addresses the delivery and finance of public services, including
employment, transportation, housing, open space, the control of pollution and environmental
degradation, and the management of resources. Although the origins of the profession are in
urban design, civil engineering, and good government, urban planning has evolved into a broad,
integrative field concerned with the social and physical organization of society, where planners
address economic and social inequities within a cultural and environmental context.
The UCLA Advantagethe Ucla DePartment OF Urban Planning is at the intersectiOn of unique academic,
regional, geographic, and professional resources that create a learning environment unlike any
other. Los Angeles, one of the most culturally diverse and exciting urban settings in the world,
serves as a unique laboratory for faculty and students to study and solve urban issues and problems.
the wOrlD-class FacUlty in the DePartmentnationally and internationally recognized schol-
ars and leaders in community development, environmental planning, housing, land development,
regional and international development, transportation, and urban designprepare masters and
doctoral degree students to address the social, economic, and spatial relationships that shape
society. Students are prepared not only with cutting-edge skills in planning, but also to understand
and address deeper questions of planningWhat qualities in society do we value most? What is
fair? Whose interests are to be served first?and to help multiple stakeholders understand what is
at issue as they forward their own proposals.
Degree Requirementsthe masters Degree in Urban Planning is a twO-year, FUll-time PrOgram that is fully
accredited by the Planning Accreditation Board, a joint undertaking of the American Institute of
Certified Planners and the Association of Collegiate Schools of Planning. Masters students must
complete a minimum of 72 units (18 courses), a minimum of 12 units in each of six quarters. All
masters degree students are expected to take core courses in the history and processes of urban-
ization, the theories and histories of planning, applied micro-economics, quantitative analysis, and
applied research design. Professional development and field work are also important components
of the masters program. In the second year, students must complete a thesis or applied planning
research capstone project (individually or as part of a group). Students also select one or more areas
of concentration from among:
Community Housing and Development Design and Development Environmental Analysis and Policy Regional and International Development Transportation Policy and Planning
Practitioners and Change Agents: Urban Planning StudentsUcla Urban Planning stUDents come from a wide variety of backgrounds, and are attracted to
the diversity and vitality of Los Angeles from across the country and around the world. They rep-
resent undergraduate education at top academic institutions such as Berkeley, Harvard, Michigan, Oxford, and Stanford Universities and many bring professional experience from diverse industries
to the program.
the masters Degree PrOgram attracts inDiviDUals with a strong interest in public service
who share a passion for changing the way cities and regions work. They come from a broad range
of undergraduate backgrounds including architecture, geography, sociology, political science, edu-
cation, and engineering. Typically, students who are accepted into the program have a minimum
of 3-5 years of work experience (for example in teaching, architectural practice, or community
development), although a select number of exceptional advanced students are accepted directly
from their undergraduate institutions.
sOcial welFare FacUlty.
The UCLA Urban Planning Department is consistently ranked as one
of the premier planning programs in the country, and its reputation is
built largely on the quality of the facultyNAtioNAlly AND iNtErNA-
tioNAlly rECoGNizED rEsEArCHErs AND PrACtitioNErs in community
development and organizing, cultural studies and planning, economic
development, environmental policy, housing, international develop-
ment, labor policy, ethnic studies, rural development, social policy,
transportation, urban design, and urban and regional theory.
eric avila, Associate Professor, Ph.D., History, University of California, Berkeley. The culture of cities; comparative U.S. urban history; 20th-century urbanism; history of
Los Angeles; racial identity and racialization; urban Latino/Chicano culture; the uses and
meanings of the urban built environment.
evelyn blumenberg, Associate Professor, Ph.D., Urban Planning, University of California, Los Angeles. Urban poverty and low-wage labor markets; social policy and planning; social and economic
inequality; gender and planning; welfare and work; transportation and economic development.
stephen commins, Lecturer, Ph.D., Urban Planning, University of California, Los Angeles. History of development planning and theory; regional economic development policies;
Non-Governmental Organizations; the World Bank; regional development banks; linkages
between globalization and local community decision making; complex humanitarian
emergencies; business policies and environmental systems.
Urban Planning FacUlty
randall crane, Professor, Ph.D., Urban Studies and Planning, Massachusetts Institute of Technology. Urban development; environmental policy; housing; governance; basic environmental
services in Africa, Asia, and Latin America; land use/travel linkages; governance reform in
decentralizing nations; environmental indicators; public policies toward sprawl; and housing
and poverty in suburbia.
Dana cuff, Professor, Ph.D., Architecture, University of California, Berkeley. Social production of the built environment; political context for design; social and cultural bases of
design; low-income housing and neighborhoods; urban design; community planning; critical
urban studies; qualitative methods; affordable housing, modernism, and the politics of place;
theory and history of property rights related to public housing and urban redevelopment.
matthew Drennan, Visiting Professor, Ph.D., Economics, New York University. Urban economics; transformation of metropolitan economies; urban public finance; analysis of
economic effects of natural (tsunami) and unnatural (9/11) shocks to regional economies.
leobardo estrada, Associate Professor, Ph.D., Sociology, Florida State University. Social planning; survey research; planning for multiple publics; demographic studies; geographic
carol goldstein, Lecturer, B.A., Environmental Design, Northwestern University. Cultural policy, planning, funding, and facility development; public art; cultural bases for coalition-
building; infrastructure and resources for artists, cultural workers, and arts organizations; equity,
access and participation issues; arts administration/management.
gilda haas, Lecturer, M.A., Urban Planning, University of California, Los Angeles.
The right to the city, urban land reform, popular economics, and strategies for building effective
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susanna hecht, Professor, Ph.D., Geography, UC Berkeley. Environmental impact of resource-based and rural development; political economy of tropical rain
forest development; women in development; international development studies; international
environmental politics; environmental history; alternative agricultural production systems;
resources and resistance movements.
marie Kennedy, Visiting Professor, M. Arch., Harvard University. Community development, planning education, participatory action research; developing racial and
cultural awareness in community planning and on participatory planning methodologies for
community empowerment; water politics and policies; Latin American social movements.
Jacqueline leavitt, Professor, Ph.D., Urban Planning, Columbia University. Rethinking housing policy; community development; public housing; multiculturalism; womens
needs; alternative planning and design for empowering grassroots groups. Special projects include
work with resident leaders in public housing; homelessness; meanings of home.
robin liggett, Professor, Ph.D., Operations Research, University of California, Los Angeles. Quantitative methods; computer graphics and computer applications in architecture, urban design,
and urban planning; de