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Urban planning is being reshaped by an explosion of data. The Price Master of Urban Planning (MUP) program is committed to bridging from innovations in data, visualization, and spatial analysis to the field’s core functions at the nexus of human behavior, policy, and the built environment. USC and the Price MUP program have a unique set of strengths at the intersection of spatial and visual analysis, big data, and media.
Yet simply focusing on data and technology will not bring more just cities. Big data and smart cities are too often applied in ways that are blind to questions of distribution, and that reinforce patterns of inequities. At USC Price, we are committed to linking from data to questions of equity and social justice. We have built a core curriculum that focuses on questions of justice and inclusion, and we are committed to leadership on those questions.
USC Price is ranked second overall among public affairs schools and first in urban policy in the 2018 U.S. News & World Report.
The Price MUP offers six areas of concentration:
Students may pursue dual degrees in the areas of Architecture, Landscape Architecture, Public Health, Public Administration, Public Policy, and Real Estate Development, among others. They also may earn one of several graduate certificates in conjunction with the MUP. The program offers courses allowing students to specialize in social justice or international themes that complement their concentration studies.
Price MUP students can take advantage of nearly a dozen community-based labs or studios each year. Students work with clients and produce planning reports on real-world problems. Examples include:
USC Price School students find careers with many influential public and private companies and organizations. Recent positions and employers hiring MUP graduates include:
Associate Director of Recruitment and Admission