Urban Studies & Planning

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Urban Studies & Planning

Mission Statement

The mission of the Department of Urban Studies and Planning is to prepare students, at both the undergraduate and graduate level, for professional careers in urban studies and planning. In addition, the department seeks to provide a broad based educational experience, set in the context of the social sciences, which contributes to the development of informed and thoughtful individuals prepared to contribute to the society at large. Department faculty supports the mission through teaching, research and publication, community outreach and action, and university service.

Greetings from the Department of Urban Studies and Planning at California State University, Northridge

In response to the COVID-19 pandemic, the campus is open for only essential operations. All classes for Spring to Fall 2020 have been moved to online/remote instruction and all departments are providing services and support virtually. The Department of Urban Studies and Planning is open virtually from 8 am to 5 pm, Monday through Friday.

Student advising is also being done virtually and via the telephone. Please contact the department's undergraduate adviser, Dr. Craig Olwert, to schedule an appointment at 818-677-2904 or by email at urban.studies@csun.edu. For graduate advising, contact Dr. Zeynep Toker at zeynep.toker@csun.edu. You may contact the department at 818-677-2904 or by email at urban.studies@csun.edu for assistance.



Master of Urban Planning

Fall 2021 Application Deadlines

Priority Deadline: Friday, March 5, 2021

Final Deadline: Friday, May 28, 2021 

Alumni Appointed as Planning Commissioners

Two of the department’s alumni have been appointed recently as planning commissioners. Melodie Magee (BA ’14) is a recent to the Planning Commission for the City of Klamath Falls, Oregon. While in Los Angeles, Yvette Lopez-Ledesma (BA ‘11, MPA/Urban Studies ‘13) now serves as a commissioner on the North Valley Area Planning Commission for the City of Los Angeles. 

Urban Studies and Planning Students Win Scholarships

The department’s undergraduate majors and graduate students have won a number of prestigious scholarships this summer and fall. These include four scholarship awards from the California Planning Foundation, two scholarship awards from the WTS Los Angeles – Advancing 
Women, and one scholarship from the My Matador Scholarship Fund.  Congratulations to the winners!

American Planning Association – California Planning Foundation

Whitney Heller, (Undergraduate Major)
Maribel Sandoval Contreras, (Master’s Student)
Roxan Rivas, (Master’s Student)
Nathan Romine, (Master’s Student)

WTS - Los Angeles – Advancing Women – Advancing Transportation  

Roxan Rivas, (Masters Student)
Rebecca Swint, (Undergraduate Major)

MyMatador Scholarship Fund 2021 Dario Fernandez Scholarship

Maribel Sandoval Contreras, (Master’s Student)