Department of Urban and Regional Planning

Admissions

We believe that a diverse student body enhances the educational atmosphere within the Department of Urban and Regional Planning. A classroom of students with assorted backgrounds, options, and experience can represent on a small scale the kinds of political and cultural complexities that professional planners encounter in their jobs. As a result, our department accepts applicants with a wide range of undergraduate majors and work experiences.

Admissions Standards

Admission to the Department of Urban and Regional Planning is highly competitive. Decisions of our Admissions Committee are based on the student’s statement of purpose or letter of intent, professional experiences and background, undergraduate grade point average, and Graduate Record Examination (GRE) scores. All foreign students whose native language is not English must take the TOEFL. In special circumstances the Admissions Committee may admit students with lesser credentials on a conditional basis.

Minimum Requirements

At a minimum, the following criteria are required of applicants:

  • Must have completed an undergraduate degree from an accredited institution
  • GRE score must be at least 146 for verbal and 148 for quantitative
  • Undergraduate GPA must be at least 3.0
  • Three letters of recommendations
  • Resume (optional)
  • Statement of purpose