APPLICATION PROCESS - GENERAL
When is the application deadline?
For admission and fellowship consideration to Fall Quarter 2016, the departmental deadline for Master’s in Urban and Regional Planning (M.U.R.P) is January 4, 2015. The deadline for Ph.D. applicants is December 7, 2015. The same deadlines apply for both domestic and international students. Be sure to check our online application checklist.
Where do I send my application
The majority of your supplemental application materials should be submitted electronically via the online UCLA Application for Graduate Admission (see application checklist). Official transcripts only should be sent directly to:
UCLA Luskin School of Public Affairs
Dept of Urban Planning, Admissions
3250 Public Affairs Building, Box 951656
Los Angeles, CA 90095-1656
Do official transcripts need to arrive
by the application deadline?
Yes, official transcripts must be received by the Admissions Office on or before the application deadline. Please note that this is NOT a postmark deadline.
What should I do with my junior college
Please upload unofficial copies of all junior college transcripts to the Transcript Upload section of the Online Application, despite contradictory language in the description of that site.
What is the application fee?
We understand that applying to graduate school is an expensive process. The fee for domestic applicants is $90. The fee for international applicants is $110.
How do I apply for a fee waiver?
Waivers will only be granted to those who fall under one of the categories listed on the UCLA Graduate Division application. The university will grant need-based fee waivers for currently-enrolled students who are receiving financial aid. You must submit a letter from your financial aid officer indicating your enrollment and financial aid status and that payment would be a hardship. This should be uploaded directly to the application; select "Fee Waiver" as your method of payment. Your application will NOT be reviewed until your waiver is approved. Please follow up with the department no sooner than January, at least two weeks after you complete the application.
How can I verify that my GRE scores and
transcripts have been received?
We receive a high volume of materials and cannot verify this over the phone. If anything is missing from your application, the staff will contact you in January. At that time, you may submit your missing material(s) without penalty.
When will I hear from the Department
regarding the status of my application?
Admission notification and fellowship letters are usually sent out in March. Please do not contact the Department regarding admission decisions until after March 15.
When do I need to notify the Department
about whether or not I will be attending UCLA?
The national deadline to inform all graduate schools of your decision is April 15th.
May I defer admissions?
No, the Department of Urban Planning does not defer admissions. You will have to re-apply to the program.
Does the Department admit new students
No. Students are admitted to the fall term only.
APPLICATION PROCESS - LETTERS OF RECOMMENDATION
May I submit more than three letters of
How does the letters of recommendation system work?
May I use a third-party vendor such as
Interfolio to submit my letters of recommendation?
Such a vendor may send letters of recommendation directly to Jennifer Choy via email (email@example.com). However, this is discouraged because your application may be at a slight disadvantage as compared to other applicants who use the online submission process. By your using this third-party system, your referees are not able to complete the rating piece of the evaluation.
APPLICATION PROCESS - TEST SCORES
Is the GRE required?
Those who are applying for a concurrent degree program may submit GMAT/LSAT scores in lieu of GRE scores. However, copies of the official score report must be provided by the applicant.
The GRE institution code for UCLA is R4837 and the department code is 4402, titled "City and Regional Planning." Although, indicating a department is not necessary.
Please make sure that the name indicated on your GRE report is exactly the same as the name on your application. Mismatched names will cause a delay in the review process of your application.
I did not include the department code
in my GRE submission. Will my score still reach you?
Yes. ETS sends both electronic and paper copies to UCLA when requested.
Is there a minimum GRE requirement?
No. We evaluate applicants holistically when making admissions decisions, weighing the undergraduate record, statement of purpose, letters of recommendation, and prior planning-related work experience above all else.
Is the TOEFL required?
The TOEFL is required for international applicants only. The minimum score required is 600 paper-based, 250 computer-based, or 100 internet-based. The UCLA Graduate Division requires the following minimum passing scores for each section on the internet-based exam: Writing 25, Speaking 24, Reading 21, and Listening 17.
The TOEFL institution code for UCLA is 4837 and the department code is 97.
Is the IELTS accepted in lieu of the
Yes, the IELTS is accepted in lieu of the TOEFL. Please note that the minimum Overall Band Score for admission to the Department of Urban Planning is 8.0.
What are the English language
requirements for admission to UCLA?
International applicants whose first language is not English must certify their proficiency in English when applying to UCLA, and, if admitted, upon arrival.
APPLICATION PROCESS - ADMISSIONS PROFILES
How many students apply to the M.U.R.P.
program annually? What percentage of applicants are admitted?
Approximately forty percent of applicants are admitted.
How can I strengthen my application for M.U.R.P?
Your application can be strengthened by a clear, focused statement of purpose, impressive resume reflecting relevant planning experience, supportive letters of recommendation, and solid undergraduate grade-point average (GPA). The average admitted-student GPA is 3.50, which we calculate based on your last two years of undergraduate work, major and non-major. The average GRE scores are 78th percentile for verbal and 63rd percentile for quantitative, and 68th percentile for writing, though this is not weighted as heavily as the statement of purpose, GPA, letters of recommendation, and resume. Most of our students have worked in the planning profession in some capacity, though some enter directly following the completion of their undergraduate career, with internship and research experience.
What qualifies as planning-related work
Any work you have done in the planning field, whether that be full/part-time employment, research, volunteer/organizing, etc, should be highlighted in your resume. If it is relevant to your development as a planner, it is relevant to our admissions committee.
Is it possible to be admitted to the
M.U.R.P Program with a GPA of less than 3.0?
Applicants with below 3.0 GPAs may be given provisional admittance to the program if other aspects of their applications are strong. An outstanding record in any area may compensate for poorer performance in another. Students accepted provisionally must achieve a minimum GPA of 3.0 during their first quarter in the program.
REGARDING THE PROGRAM
Does the Department of Urban Planning
offer an undergraduate degree?
No, but we offer an array of undergraduate courses and a minor in Urban and Regional Studies.
Does the Department of Urban Planning
offer part-time degree programs?
No. We offer full-time Master's and Ph.D. degree programs. Some students are able to work part-time while taking a full course load.
What is the national ranking of the
Department of Urban Planning?
Ranks among the top schools in the country, as well as internationally.
What is the duration of the M.U.R.P.
The M.U.R.P. degree is normally a two-year program.
Is the M.U.R.P. degree accredited?
Yes, it is fully accredited by the Planning Accreditation Board, a joint undertaking of the American Institute of Certified Planners and the Association of Collegiate Schools of Planning.
Where can I find a list of course syllabi and schedules?
How many students are currently enrolled in each of your programs (2015-2016)?
Does the Department offer Concurrent
Yes, Urban Planning has agreements with five other departments at UCLA which allow us to offer joint degrees in less time than sequential completion of the programs. Joint degrees are offered with:
How do I apply to one of the concurrent
For concurrent degrees, you need to submit a complete application to each school separately. If you are admitted to both programs, the graduate advisor in each program will tell you which courses you need to take for the concurrent degree program. You should also contact:
REGARDING TUITION, FEES, AND FUNDING
Where can I obtain more information on
registration fees and tuition?
Where can I find information on
establishing California residency for tuition purposes?
What are the funding opportunities for graduate students?
Please access the following link for further information: http://luskin.ucla.edu/content/funding-your-studies-0. Please see here for information on the graduate cost of attendance at UCLA and details on available financial aid and scholarship opportunities. Detailed information on student fees and teaching assistantships can be found at the UCLA Graduate Division website.
How can I be
qualified for fellowships or financial aid?
You are automatically considered for departmental merit-based fellowships when you submit your online graduate application. There is no separate application. To be eligible for consideration for need-based financial aid, you must complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) on or before the March 2 deadline.
What are the funding
opportunities for Ph.D. applicants?
Teaching and research positions will most certainly be available to you to help with your cost of living. We hope that our PhD students would remain nearly fully-funded for the duration of their studies, by either fellowship awards (stipend) or assistantships (salary). It is encouraged that you communicate with faculty members with whom you would potentially work.
How does funding
change for international students?
Unfortunately UCLA has only a limited number of fellowships and assistantships for which non-U.S. graduate students are eligible. These are awarded to students who have demonstrated high academic achievement in their studies on this campus. International students at UCLA are not eligible for support based solely on need. Therefore, international students are strongly advised to secure funds from their own sources.
Where can I obtain more
All of our admissions materials are available on this website or by email.
For further information, email Jennifer Choy, Associate Director of Admissions & Recruitment, at firstname.lastname@example.org or call (310) 825-8957.