University of California, Irvine - Urban Planning and Public Policy Department

The Department of Urban Planning and Public Policy offers two undergraduate majors: Urban Studies and Environmental Science and Policy. The Department also offers a cutting-edge undergraduate specialization in Geographical Information Systems.  The intent of these programs is to provide students with the skills needed to work in jobs that address the most important environmental and urban problems of our times. Additionally, the Department offers two master’s degrees: Master of Urban and Regional Planning and the Master of Public Policy. These programs provide graduate students with the professional training needed create policies and plans to ensure a more sustainable and socially just future.  

The Department offers a Ph.D. Program in Urban and Environmental Planning and Policy. Our Ph.D. students study a wide variety of fascinating topics including water policy in Puerto Rico, India, and California, gentrification conflicts across the United States, the impacts of climate change on marginalized communities, and zoning and housing reforms across the United States. Our Ph.D. students have gone on to work at leading research and teaching universities including Northeastern University, University of North Carolina, the University of Wisconsin, Cal Poly Pomona, and the University of Minnesota. Many of our Ph.D. students also seek to create change through work in nonprofit organizations, government agencies, and the private sector.

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