Department of Urban Studies & Planning

Welcome to the Department of Urban Studies & Planning

The Department of Urban Studies and Planning prepares students, at both the undergraduate and graduate level, for professional careers in urban studies and planning. The department faculty supports the mission through teaching, research and publication, community outreach and University service.

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Major in Urban Studies and Planning

Urban Studies and Planning is an interdisciplinary program providing an undergraduate course of study that focuses on solutions to the major problems stemming from the complexities of contemporary urban life.

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Minor in Urban Studies and Planning

The minor in Urban Studies and Planning introduces urban areas and their diversity. The urban planning profession and policies to increase the sustainability and resilience of cities are explored. The electives allow students to learn more in depth about topics cities and urban planners face.

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Master of Urban Planning

The Master of Urban Planning provides a broad-based education in urban planning, especially as it is practiced in the State of California, where a wide range of state laws and mandates have created a planning environment that is distinct from its practice in much of the rest of the United States.

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January 20, 2023

Urban Studies & Planning Alumni: Locally Engaged, Globally Prepared

Urban Studies & Planning alumna, Vanessa Faul (BA 2017), has been appointed as the Investment Planning Ma...

September 1, 2022

2022-23 Academic Affairs Research Fellow for the College of Social and Behavioral Science

Dr. Mintesnot Woldeamanuel has been awarded the Academic Affairs Research Fellow for the College of Social an...

June 1, 2022

URBS Students, Ali Day and Rebecca Swint, selected as 2022 Merritt Scholars.

We are proud to announce that Ali Day and Rebecca Swint were selected as 2022 Merritt Scholars. The Merritt S...


Lab Hours

Mondays & Wednesdays: 8:00AM to 5:00PM
Tuesdays & Thursdays: 8:00AM to 9:30AM and 10:45AM to 5:00PM
Fridays: 8:00AM to 11:00AM and 3:15PM to 5:00PM

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Undergraduate Advisement

Stop by the office or contact the department to schedule an appointment at 818-677-2904 or email

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Master of Urban Planning Deadlines

Final: Friday, May 31, 2024

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Department Office

Department of Urban Studies & Planning

Sierra Hall, Room 220
18111 Nordhoff Street

Northridge, CA 91330-8259

  • Phone: (818) 677-2904
  • Fax: (818) 677-5850

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Business Hours: Monday to Friday, 8:00AM to 5:00PM

Department Chair

Dr. Zeynep Toker

Office location:
Sierra Hall 220A

  • Phone: Phone: (818) 677-2872

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