A candidate will be recommended for the MUP degree upon satisfactory completion of 80 units, normally completed as 20 units of required and elective courses each term. Lecture and seminar courses are usually four units, studios are usually eight units. Over the two years, students must take 28 units of core studio and required lecture courses, 12 units satisfying three Methods Requirements (Analytic Methods, Economic Methods, and Implementation Methods), 12 units satisfying one of the Areas of Concentration, and 8 units of project-based learning (a studio, an independent thesis, or two 4-unit pre-approved project-based courses). Students complete the remainder of the program with elective courses and, if they choose, additional studio or project-based options.

Current students should refer to the current MUP Degree Requirements based on their date of matriculation.

At the beginning of each year, students are assigned a faculty advisor with whom they discuss curricular schedules and other academic matters. Concurrent and joint degree students must consult the rules governing such programs for additional information on curricular requirements.

First Term

  • 8 units GSD 1121 First Term Core Urban Planning Studio
  • 4 units GSD 2129 Spatial Analysis and the Built Environment
  • 4 units GSD 4115 History and Theory of Urban Interventions
  • 4 units Courses satisfying Methods Requirements, Area of Concentration Requirement, Project-Based Learning Requirement, and/or electives

Second Term

    • 8 units GSD 1122 Second Term Core Urban Planning Studio
    • 4 units GSD 5103 Public and Private Development
    • 8 units Courses satisfying Methods Requirements, Area of Concentration Requirement, Project-Based Learning Requirement, and/or electives

Third Term

      • 8 units Option Studio or elective courses
      • 12 units Courses satisfying Methods Requirements, Area of Concentration Requirement, Project-Based Learning Requirement, Thesis Preparation, and/or electives

Fourth Term

        • 8 units Studio option or Independent Thesis or elective courses
        • 12 units Courses satisfying Methods Requirements, Area of Concentration Requirement, Project-Based Learning Requirement, and/or electives

Residence

Four terms of full-time study in residence are normally required for award of the degree. Under special circumstances, students may receive permission to reduce their course loads and extend their studies over a longer period of time. Concurrent and joint degree candidates must consult the rules governing concurrent and joint degrees for information on residency requirements.