To apply to the graduate program in urban and regional planning, you must have a bachelor’s degree or equivalent from an accredited college or university. Once admitted, you will be placed in the appropriate track based on your academic background and experience.
If you are a student living in the United States, you must meet the admission requirements of our department and the Graduate School. Your admission is based on your individual qualifications and satisfactory performance on all required materials. The Graduate School requires an undergraduate cumulative grade point average (GPA) of at least 2.75 (on a 4.0 scale) or 3.0 for the second half of your baccalaureate education.
Students with a GPA above 3.0 do not need to separately apply to the department. When the Graduate School makes a decision about your application, it will be automatically forwarded to the department for our decision. Those with a GPA between 2.75 and 3.0 should submit at least three letters of recommendation (two minimum from instructors) and a two-page personal statement explaining why they want to pursue an Urban Planning degree and their career goals in the field. These should be submitted to the department's administrative coordinator.
Please consult the Graduate School website for information on application deadlines. The department deadlines are the same. International students must apply for admission through the Rinker Center for International Programs.
Applications for assistantships can be found here. The application for an assistantship should be turned in by the end of February to the department's administrative coordinator.
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