The Master of Urban and Regional Planning program educates students in contemporary methods of Planning. It is a professional program and is fully accredited by the National Planning Accreditation Board. The mission of the Planning Master's program is the transfer of knowledge to action for the betterment of neighborhoods, communities, and regions in the U.S. and abroad. In the Master's program, students gain familiarity with planning problems and practices through a series of courses on the environmental, economic, and social challenges that communities face not only in Southern California, but in the United States, as well as other national contexts. Students are provided with a rigorous intellectual foundation and analytical skills that prepare them to work in Planning and related fields in the public, private and non-profit sectors. The Planning Master's program supports a diverse set of opportunities for students including an optional international educational experience as part of their degree. Internships are strongly encouraged as part of the Planning program.