Prospective Students

Welcome! Please explore this page and the links beyond to learn more about  UCI's Master of Urban and Regional Planning (MURP) degree program. 

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Want to know more about the field of urban planning? Take a look at our Program Director's statement "Why A Master of Urban and Regional Planning?" The American Planning Association's (APA) Choosing the Planning Profession webpage, or the Association of Collegiate Schools of Planning's (ACSP) What is Planning webpage also contain helpful information.

UCI's MURP program is accredited by the Planning Accreditation Board (PAB). The PAB website has many resources for those considering education and careers in planning, and their "Why is Accreditation Important?" includes a helpful explanation of the process and its value. 

All accredited schools must provide Public Information about the program’s performance in the areas of student achievement, student retention and graduation rates, employment rates of graduates, certification exam (AICP) pass rates, and cost of attendance. The strength and competitive advantages of our program are reflected in this data.

In addition to the MURP degree, UCI’s Department of Urban Planning and Public Policy offers PhD and Master of Public Policy (MPP) graduate degrees, and an undergraduate major and minor in Urban Studies. The department advances research and education anchored in a deep commitment to developing equitable, sustainable, and empowered communities, with a focus on an array of challenges in areas including land-use, transportation, housing, environmental resource management, conflict management, and public policy decision-making issues.

MURP faculty members as a group are in the top ten percent of urban and regional planning programs in the country in each of six leading indicators (including journal articles per faculty member, total journal articles, citations per faculty member, and total citations) of faculty productivity.(Academic Analytics, 2012)

Our curriculum balances critical thinking and skills development to empower students to understand and address complex urban challenges.The program's class sizes ensure close interaction with our actively engaged, multidisciplinary group of faculty members. Students may also choose to take advantage of the department's study abroad and concurrent degree options. Our students are drawn from diverse communities and experiences, but are united by a shared vision and commitment to improve urban conditions at local, regional, national, and global levels. 

Contact Irice Castro, Assistant Director of Graduate Student Services 
UCI School of Social Ecology
(949) 824-1874