In-Person Intensives

In-Person Intensives
Gain Valuable Hands-on Experience

Ralph and Goldy Lewis Hall, USC Campus

The concept of community is an essential factor in the urban planning industry, and USC Price seeks to foster that. To complete your online Executive Master of Urban Planning program, you will attend two four-day intensives held at the end of the fall and spring semesters. During these intensives, which are held on the USC University Park Campus in Los Angeles, you will lead real urban planning projects, meet and collaborate with your peers and professors, and learn more about USC culture. Students have the opportunity analyze real life examples from their own hometown or city and choose those that are relevant to their specific career.

Upcoming Intensive Dates
Term/YearStart DateEnd Date
Spring 20214/23/20214/26/2021
Fall 202112/17/202112/20/2021

Sample Schedule

The intensive schedule includes mostly in-class sessions with one short field trip. During the first intensive, you will visit, assess and photograph an assigned design project site. During the second intensive, you will visit a significant development project in Los Angeles (either just completed or still under construction) to assess its design quality, livability and “community” elements. For both intensives, you will collaborate with your classmates to present your findings and interpretations.

The following is a sample schedule and is subject to change.

Friday Sample Schedule
Time SlotEvent
8:30 a.m. – 9 a.m.Breakfast
9 a.m. – 9:30 a.m.Welcome From the Chair
9 a.m. – 12 p.m.PLUS 662 Class Time
12 p.m. – 1 p.m.Lunch
1 p.m. – 6 p.m.PLUS 662 Class Time
Saturday Sample Schedule
Time SlotEvent
8:30 a.m. – 9 a.m.Breakfast
9 a.m. – 12 p.m.PLUS 662 Class Time
12 p.m. – 1:30 p.m.Lunch/Individual Advising Appointments
1:30 p.m. – 4:30 p.m.PLUS 662 Class Time & Student Presentations
5:30 p.m. – 8 p.m.Dinner
Sunday Sample Schedule
Time SlotEvent
8:30 a.m. – 9 a.m.Breakfast
9 a.m. – 12 p.m.PLUS 663 Class Time
12 p.m. – 1 p.m.Lunch
1 p.m. – 6 p.m.PLUS 663 Class Time
Monday Sample Schedule
Time SlotEvent
8:30 a.m. – 9 a.m.Breakfast
9 a.m. – 12 p.m.PLUS 663 Class Time
12 p.m. – 1 p.m.Lunch / PLUS 663 Class Time
1 p.m. – 3 p.m.Closing Reception

Frequently Asked Questions

What is the goal of the intensives?

To allow you to meet peers and faculty in person and build hands-on experience leading urban planning projects with multiple stakeholders and real clients.

Does the university provide any room/board accommodations?

We do not provide accommodations. However, before each intensive, we reserve a block of 10 rooms at The USC Hotel — the closest hotel to campus — for the price of $179 (plus tax) per night. These are available on a first-come, first-served basis.

How many students will be in the studio?

Intensive class size should match your semester class size — so, approximately 20 to 25 students per class.

Will there be group projects? Do we have to be a part of a group project, or can we do the project independently?

Both group projects and individual projects are required.

What design software programs will students use during the intensives?

InDesign, Photoshop and/or SketchUp are required for sketching out development plans. However, no prior knowledge of the programs is required. Tutorials can be found at External link .

During the trips, are students able to access the same campus amenities (for example, the library) as other USC students?


Are the projects specific to only Los Angeles or California?

No, in the first half of the first intensive students can choose examples that are most relevant to their specific careers and in fact have the opportunity to analyze real life examples from their own hometowns or cities. The design instruction part of the intensives uses Los Angeles examples while teaching skills that are portable anywhere.

Can I revise my financial aid package to accommodate the intensives?

You may contact the Financial Aid Office to discuss appealing for a budget increase for the intensive term. For more information, please see the Financial Aid Office Special Circumstances and Appeals page.

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Curriculum Focus:
Urban planning and real estate development

Price ranked #3 for urban policy ¹

Program Length: 16 months

Tuition: $2,350 per credit hour

In-person Intensives: 2

Format: Live online classes

5-7 years of work experience recommended

Test Scores:
GRE/GMAT scores not required