Department of Urban and Regional Planning

Application Procedures

Application Deadlines

The Master of Urban and Regional Planning program accepts applications throughout the year for Fall and Spring admissions.   For each admissions cycle, there are three deadlines: 1) for priority consideration for assistantships; 2) for international applicants; and 3) the final deadline for domestic students.   Applications must be complete by the applicable deadline in order to be considered for admission.

Deadlines for Spring 2020

Priority for Funding:            October 15th

International Applicants:    October 15th

Final Deadline (domestic):  November 15th

Deadlines for Fall 2020

Priority for Funding:              January 15th

International Applicants:      May 15th

Final Deadline (domestic):   June 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
    • International Applicants: International transcripts have additional requirements that must be followed for each international institution. International applicants must submit to the Office of Admissions an official copy in the native language of each transcript, mark sheet and diploma/degree certificate from each university or college attended, along with certified, literal (exact) English translations for documents not originally issued in English.
  • 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.