I'll be applying for a Masters in Urban and Regional Planning in SoCal by the end of this year (for Fall 2011 admission). The 5 ACCREDITED programs include the following: UCLA, UCI, USC, Cal Poly Pomona, and Cal Poly SLO. I know that I will be applying to UCLA, USC, and Pomona, but I am unsure as to whether I want to apply to UCI andSLO. I know SLO is a great school, but I do want to stay in the LA area (as I think I'll have to commute AND I want to hold internships while I go to school). Now, my question is really with UCI. From other posts I've read both here and on other pages, it seems UCI is very heavy on the theory and de-emphasizes the applied component of planning (since its MURP program is under to school of Social Ecology....which sounds incredibly fuzzy). Have any of you heard of this being so? I'd really like to walk away with a very well-rounded knowledge base, especially in the applied sense. If anybody can provide any feedback regarding UCI or any of the schools I mentioned, I'd greatly appreciate!!!!