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Urban Planning, Master

  • Application Deadline
  • 24 months
, CA,
The Master of Urban Planning at California State University Northridge provides a broad-based education in urban planning, especially as it is practiced in the State of California, where a wide range of state laws and mandates have created a planning environment that is distinct from its practice in much of the rest of the United States. 


The Master in Urban Planning is offered by California State University Northridge.

Student Learning Outcomes

Graduates will know the basic principles, applicable theory and history of urban planning as it is practiced in the United States and more specifically in the State of California. This will include the ability to contextualize the economic, social and political factors which affect and often dictate urban planning practice at the local and regional level.

  • Explain the basic principles and techniques of urban planning research and practice from a U.S. perspective.
  • Describe principles of urban planning and their application.
  • Describe the principles and applied aspects of sustainable development.
  • Explain economic and social factors affecting urban planning.

Methods and Techniques

Graduates will understand and utilize key methods utilized in urban planning research and practice. These will include the use of quantitative data and its analysis, qualitative research techniques and the application of these techniques to a field research project in urban planning. Graduates will also learn the use of visual communication tools needed for data gathering, its analysis and its eventual presentation in graphic format.

  • Devise and carry out the fieldwork required to plan effectively.
  • Demonstrate a plan of action to engage communities in the definition of their planning interests and concerns.
  • Explain the importance of negotiation in the planning process and provide hypothetical strategies.

Professional Practice

Graduates will understand the key elements of professional planning practice, including comprehensive planning and the creation and updating of the General Plan; the function and practice of zoning; the role of specific plans, community plans and special overlay districts; the use of environmental impact analysis in planning and specifically the role of the California Environmental Quality Act; the role of politics and negotiation in the planning process; and the ethical responsibilities of planners in the exercise of their professional responsibilities. Graduates will also demonstrate the ability to conduct a field project using applicable research techniques to address a practical planning problem in a local community. Finally, all graduates will successfully complete a capstone project, which will validate their understanding and ability to produce professional planning documents and reports.

  • Explain the content of comprehensive plans and zoning.
  • Explain the content of environmental impact analysis and its role in environmental decision-making.
  • Apply the most current tools used to create, implement and monitor comprehensive plans and zoning.

Programme Structure

Courses  include:

  • Contemporary Urban Planning in the United States and California
  • Principles and Practices in Urban Planning
  • Seminar in Comprehensive Planning
  • Sustainable Development and Environmental Impact Analysis
  • Seminar in Planning for Communities and Local Economic Development
  • Policy Analysis and Implementation in Urban Planning

Detailed Programme Facts

  • Programme intensity Full-time
    • Full-time duration 24 months
  • Credits
    36 alternative credits
  • Languages
    • English
  • Delivery mode
    On Campus

English Language Requirements

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Academic Requirements

  • Hold a baccalaureate (bachelor’s) degree from an officially accredited university or college. 
  • Submit a formal application to the program at CSUN.
  • Submit official transcripts in unopened, sealed envelopes sent directly from each educational institution attended to CSUN.
  • Submit a current resume.
  • Submit two letters of recommendation, preferably one from a professional reference and the other from an academic reference.
  • Submit a Statement of Purpose.
  • Have the complete application and supporting documents reviewed and the applicant approved for admission by the Department of Urban Studies and Planning.

Tuition Fee

  • International

    8322 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 8322 USD per year and a duration of 24 months.
  • National

    8322 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 8322 USD per year and a duration of 24 months.
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  • 1520 - 2570 USD/month
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