City + Regional Planning

Program Performance

Master of City Planning

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Name of Degree Program

Master of City Planning

Goals of the Master of City Planning Program

DCRP provides its many Master of City Planning graduates with:

  • An understanding of the history and theory of cities and urban regions
  • Expertise in various fields and subfields of city and regional planning
  • Lifelong analytical, research, and communication skills
  • The knowledge and skill sets to successfully practice planning in a variety of urban, metropolitan, and regional settings
  • Sensitivity to the human impacts of planning decisions
Tuition and Fees* in Academic Year 2017-18
  • New Student - California Resident: $25,334.50; Continuing Student - California Resident: $25,245.50
  • New Student - Nonresident: $37,579.50; Continuing Student - Nonresident: $37,490.50

*Includes one-time Document Management Fee and yearly Professional Degree Supplemental Tuition (PDST).
*For a complete breakdown of student tuition and fees, please visit the Office of the Registrar website.
*For an estimated graduate student budget, which includes tuition/fees, books/supplies, room/board, personal costs, transportation and health insurance, please visit the Berkeley Financial Aid & Scholarships website.

Retention and Graduation Rates

Number of Degrees Issued

  • Academic year 2014-15: 44
  • Academic Year 2013-14: 42
  • Academic Year 2012-13: 38

Percentage of Students Graduating in Four Years*

Student Retention Rates Percent
Percentage of degree-seeking Master's students who began studies in fall 2014 and continued into fall 2015 100%
Percentage of degree-seeking Master's students who began studies in fall 2013 and continued into fall 2014 100%
Percentage of degree-seeking Master's students who began studies in fall 2012 and continued in fall 2013 98%
Percentage of degree-seeking Master’s students who began studies in fall 2011 and continued in fall 2012 100%
Student Graduation Rates Percent
Percentage of single-degree Master's students graduating within 4 years, entering class of 2013 100%
Percentage of single-degree Master's students graduating within 4 years, entering class of 2012 98%
Percentage of single-degree Master's students graduating within 4 years, entering class of 2011 100%
Graduate Employment

P​ercentage of Graduates Employed After One Year

  • Per alumni surveyed in 2015, 80% secured employment in a planning or planning-related position within one year of graduation.
  • Alumni reported a range of organizations including:
    Consulting agency 27.3%
    Non-profit organization 21.8%
    Local government agency or department 21.8%
    Other 9.1%
    State government agency or department 3.6%
    Self-employed 3.6%
    University or college 3.6%
    Currently not employed 3.6%
    Federal government agency or department 1.8%
    Regional government agency or department 1.8%
    Other private organization 1.8%
  • Alumni reported a range of employers including: AC Transit, AECOM, American Red Cross, Arup International Development, California Department of Transportation (CalTrans) , Cambridge Systematics, Inc., City and County of San Francisco, City of Berkeley, City of San Jose, Columbia University, Dyett and Bhatia, East Bay Asian Local Development Corporation (EBALDC), Estolano LeSar Perez Advisors LLC, Housing Assistance Council , Human Impact Partners , Jones Lang LaSalle, Kilroy Realty Corporation, Kittelson & Associates, Inc., Linnean Solutions, MIG, National Associated of Transportation Officials (NACTO), Natural Resources Defense Council, Neighborhood Housing Services of New York City, Inc., Nelson\Nygaard Consulting Associates, Page & Turnbull, PolicyLink, San Francisco County Transportation Authority (SFCTA), San Francisco Municipal Transportation Agency (SFMTA), San Francisco Planning Department, Sonoma, Land Trust, Southern California Association of Nonprofit Housing (SCANPH), The Seoul Institute, Toole Design Group, U.S. Department of Transportation, United Nations Office for Project Services (UNOPS), University of New South Wales Australia

AICP Metrics

Between 2004 and 2015, 28 MCP graduates took the AICP exam within three years of graduating, with an overall pass rate of 100%.

Graduate Satisfaction

93% of alumni surveyed in 2015 were satisfied with how the program prepared graduates for their current employment.

Student Achievement

The program utilized an exit survey of graduates of the program from 2011-2015 administered by Graduate Advising services:

  • 87% responded "good", "very good", or "excellent," when asked to rate the quality of their academic experience at Berkeley.
  • 56% responded "good", "very good", or "excellent," when asked to rate the quality of professional development opportunities at Berkeley.
  • 69% responded "good", "very good", or "excellent," when asked to rate the opportunity to collaborate across disciplines.
  • 78% responded "good", "very good", or "excellent," when asked to rate the opportunity to interact with diverse groups.
  • 85% responded "good", "very good", or "excellent," when asked to rate overall program quality.