My colleague, and the chair of my department, Marlon Boarnet, killed himself getting this done, so the least I can do is get the word out.
The EMUP is aimed at persons with five to seven years of work experience at the intersection of urban planning and real estate development, and for persons who see their future career at that intersection. It is an executive degree, designed for mid-career professionals. We are offering the degree in an online environment, available to working professionals anywhere in the world.
We will maintain a clear distinction between the executive degree and our on-campus Master of Planning. The MPL remains our flagship degree, and is the only degree that provides a full introduction to urban planning and that is open to students with a broad range of work experience. With the executive degree, we are expanding our education to an audience that we did not previously reach.
I will teaching urban informatics in the program along with, I really hope, Hunter Owens, one of LA’s young stars in the field. We haven’t figured out if Hunter is going to have time, but I really really hope it works out because he’s got a great handle on the challenges, he’s funny and will be engaging, and has the right values we’d like to convey about informatics to people in the program (i.e., this is a great tool, and it’s very cool, but it’s only a tool and human beings are still responsible for their analyses and how they use data, big or small.)