Our everyday lives are built around the designs of urban planners—and our futures depend on the designs and adaptability of urban infrastructure. Analyzing public needs, building for environmental sustainability, even the ease with which we interact with our surroundings are all directly impacted by urban planners.

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Executive Master of Urban Planning

Urban planning is becoming increasingly complex. Industry professionals have to navigate stronger regulation, dwindling public resources and political forces that simultaneously restrict government support and heighten income inequality.

The Executive Master of Urban Planning online program is designed for seasoned professionals who are passionate about improving their communities and who are ready to take leadership positions making our cities more vibrant, sustainable, and just.

USC Price’s accelerated Executive Master of Urban Planning online program bridges the gap between urban planning goals and the objectives and constraints of effective real estate development. This degree uniquely focuses on the needs of working professionals. Our students come to the Executive Master of Urban Planning online degree from fields as diverse as affordable housing development, architectural and engineering consulting, elected office and planning commissions, design professions, environmental sustainability, transportation, and technology and media jobs.

The program is tailored so that professionals from outside the planning field can emerge with expertise that matches their peers in this space. Our coursework will equip you with hands-on skills you can use on the job, including the ability to:

  • navigate between public and private sector planning goals

  • innovate at the nexus of local public finance, private sector development and urban policy

  • analyze the economics of urban planning and development projects

  • leverage commercial and demographic data to improve decision-making

  • lead teams in the industry effectively

Learn more about the Executive Master of Urban Planning online degree program:

Format: Online

Duration: 16 Months


8 Core Courses

2 In-Person Intensives

5-7 years of work experience recommended

Next Application Deadline: 8/1/2021

Fall Classes Start Date: 9/1/2021

Students come to the Executive Master of Urban Planning degree from positions that include:

Public Sector and Government

Mayor of Los Gatos, California
Kansas City Planning Commission
Santa Clara Housing Authority
Houston Parks Board
Lake County, Florida
Town of Gilbert, Arizona
Los Angeles Metro
Houston Housing Authority

Private Sector

Rose City Partners LLC (real estate development)
Deloitte Management Consulting
Marcus and Millichap (real estate investment)
Waterman Steele Real Estate Advisors
Pacific Urbanism
Federal Home Loan Bank of Chicago
The Howard Hughes Corporation (VP of Development)
Rodgers Consulting

Non-Profit Careers

Habitat for Humanity of Greater Los Angeles
Detroit Economic Growth Corporation
Enterprise Community Fund (affordable housing)
C40 Cities (climate change policy)
East Los Angeles Community Corporation
Sustainable Homes of the Future

Why USC Price

Our Executive Master of Urban Planning online program is ranked #3 in the nation (U.S. News & World Report, 2022). Our program delivery (emphasizing the digital transformation occurring in urban planning), expert faculty, immersive, real-world utilization emphasis, and extensive alumni network all work collectively to establish you as an agent of change.

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“In my role leading L.A. Metro’s transit-oriented communities, I span urban planning and development every day. At USC Price, I was fortunate to learn from some of the best scholars and practitioners who bridge those fields, and this degree is an exciting commitment to integrating the fields of urban planning and development.”

Nick Saponara

Deputy Executive Officer, Transit-Oriented Communities of Los Angeles County Metropolitan Transportation Authority

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Call (877)-699-2013, email, or fill out our form to request more information.