Graduate Division

Master of Urban and Regional Planning

Section 1

Overview

The Master of Urban and Regional Planning (MURP) professional degree program prepares students for future success in urban and regional planning and related career fields. If you are curious, thoughtful, socially responsible, and wish to make an impact, today and in the future, join us in our mission: “developing equitable, sustainable, empowered communities.”

What Sets Us Apart?

UCI’s MURP is consistently ranked as one of the nation’s top professional planning programs, and is the only master’s program in the Orange County and San Diego areas with full accreditation from the Planning Accreditation Board (PAB).

Our courses provide a balance of critical thinking and skills development, empowering students to address complex urban challenges. Our faculty contribute to a wide breadth of research that links theory and practice across disciplines. Their expertise provides students with strong foundational knowledge, as well as guidance and opportunities for career- relevant involvement and experience beyond the classroom.

Students benefit from program relationships with a broad network of practicing planners, who contribute to a variety of career development activities, including skills-based courses and workshops, guest lectures, career fairs, job shadowing, site visits, small-group discussions, and professional association conferences.

With its broad spectrum of cities and suburban areas, this is an amazing place for students to experience urban planning in action. Orange County also offers a wealth of planning-related job opportunities and professional organizations, and is among the top paying metropolitan areas in the nation for urban and regional planners.

Quick Facts

Program Type

Professional Master's Program

Normative Time to Degree

2 years

Capstone Type

Capstone Project, Thesis, or Comprehensive Exam

Accordion Section

Admissions Requirements

Applicants to UCI's Master of Urban and Regional Planning program must have a bachelor’s degree (or equivalent) from a recognized academic institution with degree standards equivalent to those of the University of California, with a minimum undergraduate GPA of 3.0. We welcome applicants from a wide range of undergraduate disciplines, and planning experience is not required.

MURP admission decisions are based on a holistic evaluation of each candidate. No single factor outweighs the others; rather, the committee attempts to arrive at a balanced assessment of academic and professional promise, demonstrated in the application through:

  • undergraduate preparation (reflected in transcript final GPA, GPA trajectory, and rigor of courses)
  • letters of recommendation
  • GRE test scores
  • writing ability and planning interests, from required statements
  • professional history and samples of work/writing (not required for application, candidates may opt to submit)

Applications must be submitted online through the UCI Graduate Division admissions page. All UCI graduate applications require the following items. Use the detailed directions within the online application and on the Graduate Division website to submit.

Details for MURP applications:

  • GRE General test scores - Required for all applicants, except US citizens or US legal permanent residents with an undergraduate GPA of 3.3 and above. Review Grad Division GRE requirements for UCI institution code and test timing information.
  • Statement of Purpose - Required for all applicants, submitted through the online application. This essay should focus on your academic, professional, and/or research experiences and interests. The admissions and fellowship review committees will review this statement to evaluate your preparation for a professional planning degree program. This statement should include information about your academic plans and research interests, relevant experience, future career goals, and why the UCI MURP program would be a good intellectual fit for you. (1200 word maximum)
  • Personal History Statement - Required for all applicants, submitted through the online application. This essay should focus on your personal background, and can include information on your life experience and history which motivates your personal and professional goals.  We welcome information on how you have contributed to, and/or plan to contribute to, diversity, equity and inclusion within our program and the planning profession. (1200 word maximum)
  • Three letters of recommendation – Required for all applicants; Our program welcomes letters from both academics and professionals, but we strongly recommend submission of at least one academic recommendation letter. Detailed information about submission process is given in the online application, and on the Graduate Division's Letters of Recommendation web page. (note: LOR submission requirements have changed; starting Fall 2018, all letters of recommendation must be submitted electronically)
After submitting the application fee, your application will be processed and you will receive email confirmation.

International students should refer to the Graduate Division International Students pages for the specific requirements of their application, including fees, verification of academic qualifications and English language proficiency testing.

Financial Support

Resources for financial support vary in response to the size and composition of the applicant pool, legislative and campus appropriations, the state of the general economy, and other external factors. In general terms, MURP students should plan to be self-supporting (a common feature of professional Master’s degree programs), but may be eligible for some funding resources. All enrolled MURP students are eligible to compete for small travel grants and performance awards. Teaching and research assistantships are occasionally available to MURP students, but planning-related practice internships are encouraged as a more useful alternative for career building. Students will have a variety of opportunities to network with potential employers who offer practice-based internships.

UCI’s campus-wide Graduate Division also provides funding resources, timelines, and links: Funding your Graduate Education.

Tuition & Fees

MURP Fees 2018-19 Fall 2018 Winter 2019 Spring 2019 Annual
Student Services Fee 376.00 376.00 376.00 1,128.00
Tuition 3,814.00 3,814.00 3,814.00 11,442.00
Professional Degree Supplemental Tuition 2,100.00 2,100.00 2,100.00 6,300.00
Assoc. Grad Students Fee 9.00 9.00 9.00 27.00
Student Center Fee 137.88 137.88 137.87 413.63
Bren Events Center Fee 23.00 23.00 23.00 69.00
Recreation Center Fee 88.00 88.00 88.00 264.00
eTech Fee * 60.00 60.00 60.00 180.00
Document Fee † 80.00 0.00 0.00 80.00
Student Health Insurance 1,348.00 1,347.00 1,347.00 4,042.00
Total California Resident $7,895.88 $7,894.88 $7,894.87 $23,685.63
Nonresident Supplemental Tuition 4,082.00 4,082.00 4,081.00 12,245.00
Total Nonresident $11,977.88 $11,976.88 $11,975.87 $35,930.63

Posted 10 August 2018 at http://reg.uci.edu/fees/2018-2019/planning.html.

The tuition, fees, and charges posted to your billing statement or account are estimates based on currently approved amounts. These figures may not be final. Actual tuition, fees, and charges are subject to change by the Regents of the University of California and could be affected by increases or reductions in State funding, or other developments. Accordingly, final approved levels (and thus your final balance due) may differ from the amounts shown.

The non-refundable eTech Fee is required of all students and is used to support the maintenance and improvement of existing education technology, and new services and capabilities. The eTech fee is listed separately as the charged amount varies based on the amount of undergraduate units the student is enrolled in and is assessed later in the term than the other fees listed. The fee is $4 per unit of undergraduate lecture course, up to a maximum amount of $60 (or 15 units) per quarter. It will be assessed after the third week of instruction. The $60 eTech Fee included on this chart reflects the maximum possible fee.

† The Document Fee provides lifetime access to official transcripts and academic verifications without a fee for in-person pickup or delivery by USPS. In addition, there is no fee for mailing the initial diploma. Effective Fall 2018, new undergraduate, professional, and graduate students are assessed the one-time document fee. Eligible students are able to use financial aid to cover the Document Fee.

Core Faculty

Maura Allaire
Assistant Professor of Urban Planning and Public Policy
Ph.D. University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
mallaire@uci.edu
218F Social Ecology I
Specializations:
Water and environmental economics; urban water systems; flood risk management; adaptation to extreme events
Faculty website:
http://faculty.sites.uci.edu/allaire/


Victoria Basolo
Professor of Urban Planning and Public Policy; Associate Dean, Division of Undergraduate Education
Ph.D., University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, AICP
basolo@uci.edu
206D SEI
Specializations:
housing policy, urbanization, urban politics, regionalism, and environmental hazards
Faculty website:
http://faculty.sites.uci.edu/vbasolo/


Scott A. Bollens
Professor of Urban Planning and Public Policy; Warmington Chair in the Social Ecology of Peace and International Cooperation
Ph.D. University of North Carolina, AICP
(949) 824-7696
bollens@uci.edu
226B SEI
Specializations:
politically divided cities, ethnic/group disparities and urban planning, urban and intergovernmental growth policy
Faculty website:
http://faculty.sites.uci.edu/bollens


Martha S. Feldman
Professor of Urban Planning and Public Policy; Management; Sociology; Political Science; Nursing Science; Johnson Chair for Civic Governance and Public Management; Director, Ph.D. Program
PhD, Stanford University
(949) 824-4252
feldmanm@uci.edu
Social Ecology I, 226G
Specializations:
Organization theory and behavior, stability and change in organizations, decision making and information processing, public management, qualitative research methods
Faculty website:
http://faculty.sites.uci.edu/mfeldman


David L. Feldman
Professor of Urban Planning and Public Policy; Political Science
Ph.D. University of Missouri
(949) 824-9146
feldmand@uci.edu
226F Social Ecology I
Specializations:
water resources management and policy, global climate change policy, ethics and environmental decisions, adaptive management and sustainable development
Faculty website:
http://faculty.sites.uci.edu/feldman


Ajay Garde
Associate Professor of Urban Planning and Public Policy, Director, Urban Studies
Ph.D. University of Southern California
(949) 824-9087
agarde@uci.edu
212D Social Ecology I
Specializations:
Urban Design, Sustainable Design and Development, Urban Built Form, Spatial and Social Inequality, Affordable Housing, Public Participation and Urban Design, Land Use Regulations, Non-behavioral Issues in Urban Design
Faculty website:
http://faculty.sites.uci.edu/agarde


Douglas Houston
Associate Professor of Urban Planning and Public Policy
Ph.D. University of California, Los Angeles
houston@uci.edu
212E Social Ecology 1
Specializations:
transportation, air pollution, urban inequality, environmental equity, spatial analysis
Faculty website:
http://faculty.sites.uci.edu/houston


Jae Hong Kim
Associate Professor of Urban Planning and Public Policy; Director, Master of Urban and Regional Planning
Ph.D., University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
(949) 824-0449
jaehk6@uci.edu
206E SEI
Specializations:
regional economic development, land use, economic–physical development nexus, location choice, urban system modeling
Faculty website:
http://faculty.sites.uci.edu/jaehongkim


Nicholas J. Marantz
Assistant Professor of Urban Planning and Public Policy; School of Law
Ph.D. Massachusetts Institute of Technology; J.D. Harvard Law School
nmarantz@uci.edu
Specializations:
Land-use law, public-private programs, community development, local government, political participation
Faculty website:
http://faculty.sites.uci.edu/marantz


Richard Matthew
Professor of Urban Planning and Public Policy; Political Science; Director, Center for Unconventional SecurityAffairs and Blum Center for Global Engagement; Associate Dean of International Programs
Ph.D. Princeton University
(949) 824-9670
rmatthew@uci.edu
212C SEI
Specializations:
Environment, conflict and peacebuilding; transnational threat networks; international ethics
Faculty website:
http://faculty.sites.uci.edu/rmatthew


Sanjoy Mazumdar
Professor of Urban Planning and Public Policy, Asian American Studies; Religious Studies
Ph.D. Massachusetts Institute of Technology
(949) 824-5046
mazumdar@uci.edu
218H SEI
Specializations:
environmental design and planning; sacred and spiritual spaces; culture, design, and sustainability; organizational analysis, management and planning; and social and behavioral aspects of architecture
Faculty website:
http://socialecology.uci.edu/faculty/mazumdar


Walter Nicholls
Associate Professor of Urban Planning and Public Policy; Sociology; Vice Chair
PhD Urban Planning, University of California, Los Angeles
(949) 824-6323
wnicholl@uci.edu
218C Social Ecology 1
Specializations:
urban sociology, politics and policy; social movements; immigration; comparative urbanism; theory; planning conflicts
Faculty website:
http://faculty.sites.uci.edu/nicholls


Virginia Parks
Department Chair and Professor of Urban Planning and Public Policy
Ph.D University of California, Los Angeles.
(949) 824-4384
vparks@uci.edu
300G Social Ecology I
Specializations:
Urban Inequality, Urban Labor Markets, Labor, Community Organizing and Development, Racial Inequality, Immigration


Seth Pipkin
Assistant Professor of Urban Planning and Public Policy
Ph.D., Massachusetts Institute of Technology
(949) 824-7695
spipkin@uci.edu
218E Social Ecology 1
Specializations:
economic development, Latin America, U.S.-Mexico border, political economy, economic sociology, group learning, labor
Faculty website:
http://faculty.sites.uci.edu/spipkin


Maria G. Rendon
Assistant Professor of Urban Planning and Public Policy; Sociology
Ph.D. Harvard University
(949) 824-5880
mgrendon@uci.edu
212B Social Ecology 1
Specializations:
urban inequality, immigration, race/ethnicity, youth violence, sociology of education and social policy
Faculty website:
http://faculty.sites.uci.edu/rendon


Daniel Stokols
Recall-Faculty and Chancellor's Professor Emeritus of Psychology and Social Behavior; Urban Planning and Public Policy; Program in Public Health
Ph.D. University of North Carolina - Chapel Hill
(949) 824-5294
dstokols@uci.edu
4101 Social and Behavioral Sciences Gateway
Specializations:
Environmental Psychology, Science of Team Science, Transdisciplinary Public Health
Faculty website:
http://faculty.sites.uci.edu/dstokols


Rodolfo D. Torres
Professor of Urban Planning and Public Policy; Political Science; Culture and Theory
Ph.D. Claremont Graduate School
(949) 824-7680
rodolfo@uci.edu
218D Building Social Ecology 1
Specializations:
Radical urbanism, Mexican American politics and labor, economic democracy, and Marxist inspired political economy
Faculty website:
http://faculty.sites.uci.edu/rodolfo


Nicola Ulibarri
Assistant Professor of Urban Planning and Public Policy
Ph.D. Environment and Resources, Stanford University
(949) 824-6484
ulibarri@uci.edu
SE1 206B
Specializations:
environmental planning & policy, water resources management, collaborative governance
Faculty website:
http://faculty.sites.uci.edu/ulibarri


Karna Wong
Assistant Professor of Teaching
Ph.D. University of California, Los Angeles
(949) 824- 9337
karna.wong@uci.edu
203 Social Ecology I
Specializations:
Affordable housing, community development, government policy, nonprofit management, and social and environmental justice.
Faculty website:
http://faculty.sites.uci.edu/karnawong/

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