When is the application deadline?
For admission to the Fall Quarter 2015, the departmental deadline for international, Ph.D., and Master's in Urban and Regional Planning (M.U.R.P.) applicants who want fellowship consideration is December 15, 2014. The deadline for M.U.R.P. consideration only is January 15, 2015. Be sure to check our online application checklist.
Where do I send my application materials?
The majority of your supplemental application materials should be submitted electronically via the online UCLA Application for Graduate Admission (see application checklist). Any hard copy submission (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
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.
May I submit more than three letters
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, please note that 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. It is entirely up to you.
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
No. Students are admitted to the fall term only.
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.
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
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.
What should I do with my junior
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 qualifies as planning-related
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 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.
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.
How many students apply to the
M.U.R.P. program annually? What percentage of applicants are admitted?
The number of applicants has increased over the past several years, from an average of about 275 to now 400 people. Approximately forty percent of applicants are admitted.
How many students are currently enrolled in each of your programs (2014-2015)?
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 degree programs?
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:
Where can I obtain more information
on registration fees and tuition?
Where can I find information on
establishing California residency for tuition purposes?
Where can I obtain more information?
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.