MS in Urban Land Development
Total units required for MS: 33
The purpose of this program is to bring together the private (decision making) and public (policy) aspects of real estate development and to help students develop skills related to land development in metropolitan areas. The program is interdisciplinary and covers all major aspects of the development process including design, feasibility analysis, land use regulation, market and location analysis, and negotiation. Thus, graduates from the program would bridge the gap between
- professional training in fields such as city planning and public policy and
- business administration.
The following are required for admission to the Master’s Program in Urban Land Development (including admission as a conditional ULD Master’s student):
- A BA or BS degree;
- A minimum GPA of 3.0 or above in all undergraduate courses;
- Completion of the foundation courses or their equivalents with a minimum GPA of 3.0 and no grade lower than a "B-"; and
- A minimum score of 550 (213 if computer based) on the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) for students whose preparatory education was in a language other than English, taken within three years of the date of application.
Additionally, the following information will be considered in evaluating applications:
- The candidate’s overall GPA, GPA in the last 60 units of the bachelor’s program, and GPA in foundation courses;
- The candidate’s performance on the Graduate Management Admission Test (GMAT) or the Graduate Record Examination (GRE) taken within three years of the date of application;
- The candidate’s written statement of purpose; and
- The candidate’s letters of recommendation.
The Department of Public Policy and Administration in the College of Social Sciences and Interdisciplinary Studies will be responsible for processing applications at the departmental level. The Graduate Office will process applications twice a year: once in the fall semester and once in the spring semester. Candidates for the MS in Urban Land Development will be required to submit the following information to the PPA Graduate Office:
- Any specific application form that may be developed for the program;
- GMAT or GRE scores;
- TOEFL scores (if applicable);
- A written statement of purpose addressing the applicant’s purpose in pursuing a Master’s in Urban Land Development; and
- Three letters of recommendation from individuals with knowledge of the applicant’s academic and professional potential.
Additionally, the candidate shall submit the following information to the University’s Office of Graduate Studies:
- The application for graduate school admission (in accordance with any applicable University filing deadlines);
- Two sets of official transcripts from all colleges and universities attended; and
- TOEFL scores (if applicable).
For more admissions information and application deadlines please visit http://www.csus.edu/gradstudies/.
Applicants who are approved for admission will receive a letter from the Associate Dean, Office of Graduate Studies. The Graduate Admission Recommendation (GAR) form will include any relevant information about proficiencies to be addressed and foundation courses that are required.
Students are expected to have demonstrated basic proficiency in statistics and computer usage before enrolling in the foundation courses. Such proficiencies include the following
- Statistics: equivalent to an introductory course in probability and statistics; and
- Computer usage: literacy as demonstrated by coursework or competency examination.
The program director has the discretion to determine if and how such proficiencies may be demonstrated.
Moving from Foundation to Required Courses
Students who have met the above prerequisites can be admitted as conditional ULD Master's students and enroll in the foundation courses. To advance from the foundation to the required courses students must
- earn a B- or better in all foundation courses and
- maintain an overall grade point average of 3.0 or better in such courses.
Students in the last semester of the foundation courses must file an Application for Classification with the Graduate Programs Office in the College of Social Sciences. The student’s academic status will be reviewed to assure that he or she meets the necessary criteria to be accepted as a classified graduate student. At the discretion of the ULD program director, a student may enroll in required or elective courses while concurrently completing the last of the foundation courses.
Minimum Units and Grade Requirement for the Degree
Units for the MS: 33
Minimum Cumulative GPA 3.0
Advancement to Candidacy
Before enrolling in a 500 level course a student must advance to candidacy. Initiation of advancement is the responsibility of the student. The application for Advancement to Candidacy must be filed no more than four weeks before the opening of the final semester of the program. To be eligible to advance a student must be making satisfactory progress and have completed at least 12 units in the program beyond the foundation courses. Satisfactory progress is defined in part as earning an overall GPA of 3.0, with no grade in a foundation or required course below a "B-". Students with a GPA deficiency cannot advance to candidacy. Students must also satisfy the Writing Placement for Graduate Students (WPG) or take a Graduate Writing Intensive (GWI) course in their discipline within the first two semesters of coursework at California State University, Sacramento or secured approval for a WPG waiver.
|Foundation Courses (6 Units)|
|ECON 1B||Introduction to Microeconomic Analysis 1||3|
|FIN 101||Business Finance 1||3|
Equivalent courses may be substituted with approval of the program director.
|Program Requirements (18 Units)|
|MBA 251||Real Estate Finance and Investment||3|
|MBA 253||Seminar in Real Estate Development||3|
|PPA 207||Quantitative Methods in Public Policy and Administration||3|
|PPA 220A||Applied Economic Analysis I ||3|
|PPA 270||Introduction to Collaborative Policy Making||3|
|PPA/ECON 251||Urban Problems, Economics and Public Policy||3|
|Elective Courses (12 Units)|
|Select four of the following: 1||12|
|The California Economy|
|Environmental Impact Analysis: CEQA and NEPA|
|Environment and the Law|
|Geographic Information Systems|
|Advanced Geographic Information Systems|
|California's Water Resources|
|Behavior Science Applications in Management|
|Research in Public Policy and Administration|
|Applied Economic Analysis II|
|Public Management and Administration I|
|California Land Use Policy|
|Urban Problems, Economics and Public Policy|
|Collaborative Governance Advanced Practice|
|Culminating Experience (3 Units)|
|Select one of the following:||3|
Other courses approved by the program coordinator may be used to meet the elective course requirements. However, a maximum of six (6) units of upper division undergraduate coursework may be used to meet the elective course requirements.