Department of Urban and Regional Planning

Application Procedures

Key Dates

The Master of Urban and Regional Planning program has rolling admissions for Fall and Spring semesters.

If you are interested in receiving merit-based aid, including scholarships, graduate assistantships, and fellowships, make sure to submit your materials by the following deadlines:

For Spring Semester:          October 15th

For Fall Semester:                January 15th

How Do I Apply?

Please submit all application materials directly to the University of Florida’s Office of Admissions portal (

A complete application package includes:

  • UF Graduate Application form
    • The application fee (as determined by the Office of Admissions)
  • Unofficial transcripts (official transcripts will be required if offered admission)
    • Minimum GPA: 3.0 on a 4-point scale
  • Personal statement
    • Your personal statement should:
      • demonstrate your comprehension of the field of planning;
      • present your reasons for choosing planning for study and career; and,
      • discuss your interest in the UF Planning program, including your areas of interest and faculty with whom you would like to work
  • Résumé
  • 3 letters of recommendation
    • Recommendation letters should be signed and should be submitted by the recommender to the Office of Admissions
  • GRE scores
    • Applicants with a previous graduate or professional degree from a regionally accredited U.S. institution may be exempt from the GRE at the program’s discretion.
  • TOEFL or IELTS scores (international applicants only)
  • Financial certification (international applications only)

If you are interested in receiving merit-based aid, you may consider submitting:

  • A portfolio of previous academic or professional work samples
  • A description of community service or engagement experience
  • A description of professional work experience

Please refer to the UF Graduate School for additional admissions requirements.

How Are Students Selected?

We will consider your application holistically.  In addition to a strong academic background, we look for students who demonstrate their commitment to planning and community engagement through work, volunteer, or internship experiences.  Successful students are also able to clearly communicate their motivations for pursuing a Master of Urban and Regional Planning at the University of Florida.

What is the Process for Admissions?

The Office of Admissions forwards complete application packages to the Department of Urban and Regional Planning. A departmental admissions committee comprised of UF Planning faculty and staff reviews all applications.

The admissions committee makes a recommendation and forwards it to the Office of Admissions for final processing.  Upon final clearance from the Office of Admissions, we issue a decision letter to the applicant.