Executive Master of Urban Planning
The University of Southern California’s Sol Price School of Public Policy is ranked No. 1 for urban policy by U.S. News & World Report for 2019.
If you’re an experienced, mid-career professional in urban planning or real estate development who believes cities are our greatest challenge and opportunity, the online Executive Master of Urban Planning program from the USC Sol Price School of Public Policy is designed for you.
This accelerated online urban planning degree program bridges the gap between urban planning goals and the objectives and constraints of effective real estate development.
The Executive Master of Urban Planning is designed for mid-career working professionals. We seek students who have several years of experience in urban planning, real estate development, or related fields, and who are ready for an accelerated executive degree.
If you are early in your career, with less than three years of work experience in urban planning or real estate development, the on-campus Master of Urban Planning degree is designed for you. Our on-campus degree is an introduction to the field, while the Executive Master of Urban Planning degree advances the careers or professionals who are already established. Learn more about our on-campus master of urban planning.
Executive Master of Urban Planning At A Glance
You can earn your executive master of urban planning degree online from USC Price in as few as 16 months.
units of course work
As a graduate from our executive master of urban planning program, you will emerge with advanced knowledge in four main areas:
- Project and land economics
- Political, legal, and regulatory process and stakeholder outreach
- Data analysis, visualization and communication
- Urban design and the built environment
Executive Master’s in Urban Planning Program Requirements
The executive master of urban planning online program from USC Price is designed for working professionals. It is a good fit for professional planners who would like to build the expertise to advance and become leaders in the public, non-profit, or private sectors.
The degree goes beyond that of a typical master’s program and equips graduates with an expert skill level in this field. To apply, you must meet the following requirements:
- A bachelor’s degree from an accredited college or university
- A preferred 5–7 years of professional work experience related to urban planning, real estate development, or the intersection of those fields
You should reside in a state where this program is authorized to operate, exempt, or not subject to approval in these states.
No GRE/GMAT Required
Executive Master of Urban Planning Curriculum
Your online courses will equip you with important hands-on skills you can use on the job, in urban planning, real estate development, or at the intersection of those two fields. That will include the ability to:
- Navigate between public and private sector planning goals and innovate at the nexus of local public finance, private sector development and urban policy
- Understand and analyze the economics of urban planning and development projects
- Leverage available commercial and demographic data to improve decision-making
- Lead a team in the industry effectively
The 24-unit curriculum was designed with significant input from the practice community and includes myriad outreach opportunities throughout.
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On-campus intensives take place over two four-day periods in Los Angeles. They are incorporated into the Executive Master of Urban Planning curriculum to allow students to build hands-on skills and network with peers and faculty in person.
Our program allows you to advance your education and career — with the same rigor and expert faculty as USC Price’s on-campus programming — without leaving your community. The online student experience includes live classes, robust hands-on intensive, continuous student support and an on-campus graduation ceremony.
Discover the USC Price difference.
Careers in Urban Planning
The USC Price Executive Master of Urban Planning program is set apart from other master’s programs in urban planning because it is focused on the intersection of urban planning and real estate development.
Understanding what drives real estate and urban development decisions in your city — and being able to work fluidly between the public and private sectors — is a crucial knowledge base that can be applied to a variety of urban planning career paths.
Public Sector and Government Careers
Throughout the program, you will cultivate a deeper understanding of urban development policy, the economics of real estate and urban development, and the political motivators behind community and advocacy organizations. You will also develop effective tactics for engaging with community residents and stakeholders.
These skills can apply to positions in sustainable urban development; city, town and regional planning and management; urban policy; and affordable housing. Public sector professionals who can benefit from this degree include:
- City managers
- Council members
- Public affairs managers
- Affordable housing professionals
- Public policy workers
- Nonprofit program managers
- Economic development professionals
Private Sector Careers
Throughout the program, you will study basic concepts of urban and land economics and, in programs like USC Price’s, you will build a background in the economic and financial aspects of real estate development.
These skills can apply to positions in law, consulting, real estate development and investing, engineering, civil planning, and architecture. Private sector professionals who can benefit from this degree include:
- Real estate developers, financiers and investors
- Civil engineers
- Land use attorneys
- Smart city technologists
- Transportation managers
- Project managers
Other Jobs in Urban Planning
You will study the economic and financial aspects of real estate development, cross-sectoral collaboration, negotiation and team-building, and stakeholder engagement.
These skills can open you up to a variety of job opportunities in planning, such as:
- City planning professionals
- Urban designers
- Urban planning technicians
- Environmental planning professionals
- Landscape architects
- Principal planners