Cal Poly Pomona

Master's of Urban and Regional Planning

The Masters Program in Urban and Regional Planning at Cal Poly was established in 1972 and is fully accredited by the American Planning Association. It is the only accredited program in Southern California offering most of its classes in the evening hours.  The program can be completed in two years if taken on a  full time basis, or in up to seven years on a part-time schedule.  The quality of the program has been recognized by national accreditation teams, in awards by professional organizations, and by employer demand for our students. In 2006, Planetizen rated the program in the top 25 nationally, 6th in the nation for zoning administration. Planetizen also rated the program as the most diverse in the nation.

Our graduates work as planners, managers, analysts, advisors, and designers, at urban, regional, state, and national levels. They work for local governments and governmental agencies, for private consulting firms, and for nonprofit and environmental groups. Students come from a wide variety of backgrounds and disciplines. Many are working part time while they move into or expand their education in the field of planning.

Planning issues are complex and interrelated.   The program draws upon a broad range of disciplines, including economics, sociology, ecology, philosophy, political science, management, and the design professions. This multidisciplinary aspect is valuable in a world where the pace of change  and interaction is intensifying. The setting in a College of Environmental Design offers opportunities for collaborations with graduate students in architecture, landscape architecture and regenerative studies.

The program consists of a 42 unit  core, a 12 unit area of specialization, 12 units of electives, and 6 units for either a Masters Thesis or a Comprehensive Exam.  Areas of specialization allow students to focus upon  transportation policy, environmental policy, housing and community development,  land use and design or a specialization of their own design. The electives, which are taken in  related areas of interest to the student, are developed with the help of the Graduate Coordinator.  The program also allows up to 13 units of electives to be taken in other graduate programs or at other graduate institutions.

The multidisciplinary core of the program emphasizes:

  • a  perspective on the history and theory of urban development and planning,

  • analysis through rigorous training in the definition, assessment and methodological study of current problems,

  • values and diversity through the study of the ethics and implications of different actions and the promotion of diversity in study and practice,

  • effective communication  through the use of writing assignments, computer technology, and presentations throughout the program.

Students may particiate in many international programs, including a planning/architecture studio in China. They may also take advantage of strong Geographic Information System programs in the department and across the campus.

Click here for a description of learning outcomes for the graduate program.


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Graduate Coordinator

Do Kim, Assistant Professor

B.S. and M.S. in Public Administration, Kyunghee University; M.A. in Urban and Regional Planning, University of Wisconsin-Madison; Ph.D. in Urban and Regional Planning, University of Florida.

Contact Information

Assistant Professor & Graduate Coordinator
Department of Urban and Regional Planning
College of Environmental Design
Cal Poly, Pomona
Building 7 Room 226
909 869-4645

Curriculum Map

The Department's learning outcomes are strategically connected to each course in the curriculum. Click here to review a curriculum "map" showing how each learning outcome is introduced, developed, or mastered each of the core courses.