City Planning, Master | San Diego State University | San Diego, United States
12 months
9608 USD/year
9608 USD/year
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The Master of City Planning Program at San Diego State University was inaugurated in the Fall of 1968 and has since graduated over 400 students who have secured positions in planning agencies at all levels of government, in private and public institutions concerned with planning and urban affairs, and in academic and research institutions.


Key facts

The mission of the City Planning program offered by San Diego State University is to provide graduate students with the knowledge, specialized skills, and professional experience to creatively engage in problem-solving and in the practice of urban and regional planning in public policy contexts; and to equip them with the skills and techniques that will enable them to assume effective, ethical leadership roles in the field of planning. The program also emphasizes an understanding of the broader international context of planning and how regions can respond to or help shape trends into the future.

The program provides the opportunity for students to engage in a wide range of field-based education through an interdisciplinary set of courses. It fosters mutual learning through a participatory experience that emphasizes academic excellence, sound professional preparation, and ethical conduct, with an emphasis on working in the public interest. The program seeks to impart an understanding of the spatial and physical dimensions of planning and design; the challenges of sustainability, livability, environment, mobility, and social equity in shaping policy choices; and the techniques and process of community-building.

Programme Structure

Courses include:

  • Quantitative Techniques in Urban Planning 
  • Seminar in Urban Planning Implementation 
  • Seminar in Urban Planning Theory
  • City Planning and GIS Applications 
  • History of Urban Planning 
  • Seminar in Environmental Policy and Planning 
  • Seminar in Land Use Planning Principles and Technique
  • Computer Applications for Urban Design 
  • Urban Design and Land Use Planning Studio 

Key information


  • Full-time
    • 12 months

Start dates & application deadlines


30 SCH


On Campus

Academic requirements

GPA admission requirements GPA
GRE admission requirements GRE®

Other requirements

General requirements

  • Complete the Cal State Apply Application
  • Create an SDSU WebPortal Account
  • Submit Official Transcripts and Diploma/Degree Certificate
  • Submit Official Test Scores
  • Submit Program Specific Documents
  • Applicants who have earned a three-year baccalaureate degree from an international institution, may be considered for admission.

Tuition Fee

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    9608 USD/year
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Living costs for San Diego

1400 - 2455 USD /month
Living costs

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