For Entry in Fall 2014
Our convenient online application for the program allows you to complete all portions and upload most of the other supplemental required materials directly onto the site. Please go to the UCLA Graduate Division Online Application for more information on the process and to apply.
Click here to download a PDF version of the MURP Application Checklist.
Click here to download a PDF version of the PhD Application Checklist.
1. Apply to the Graduate Division online (www.gradadmissions.ucla.edu/newapp).
UCLA Application for Graduate Admission 2014-15.
Complete the Graduate Division application, which consists of the application form and supporting documents. Go to the Graduate Division application website at www.gradadmissions.ucla.edu/newapp, and click “Apply Online”. Follow the instructions. You do not have to complete it all at one time. You can save the application and submit it when you have all the necessary information. Once you start the application you will be assigned a password for retrieval and verification.
Please be sure to use the correct major code on your application to the Graduate Division:
Current UCLA Urban Planning Master's students who are applying to the PhD program, and current UCLA Architecture or Latin American Studies master's students who are applying to join the concurrent degree program, should not submit the Graduate Division application.
$80 Application Fee ($100 for international applicants).
You can pay the application fee by credit card online. Your application will not be processed until payment is received.
2. Complete the Supplemental Urban Planning Application.
Now available as part of the UCLA Application for Graduate Admission.
3. Send official transcripts to:
UCLA Luskin School of Public Affairs
Department of Urban Planning Admissions
3250 School of Public Affairs Building —Box 951656
Los Angeles, CA 90095-1656
ALL SUPPORTING DOCUMENTS ARE UPLOADED ON THE UCLA GRADUATE ONLINE APPLICATION.
Jr/Sr GPA Worksheet
Complete the Worksheet for Calculating Jr/Sr GPA (Grade Point Average). This will lead to a link on our former web-site. Please click on it to access the Excel spreadsheet. (See SAMPLE ). UPLOAD TO THE UCLA GRADUATE ONLINE APPLICATION in the "Supporting Documents Upload" area.
Statement of Purpose (MURP applicants only)
The statement of purpose should be no longer than three double-spaced pages. It should include a concise description of past and present education and employment experiences and how these experiences have led to the choice of urban planning as a career objective, as well as the reasons for seeking admittance to UCLA's Urban Planning program.
Research Statement (PhD applicants only)
The research statement should be no longer than five double-spaced pages and should address the following: 1) preparation for doctoral studies; 2) motivation of planning at UCLA; 3) specific areas of interest in planning, including research interests, current plans for the dissertation, and the names of UCLA faculty with whom you would like to work.; 4) fit with the planning department at UCLA Luskin School.
Relevant planning-related experience is highly recommended. There is no page limit. UPLOAD TO THE UCLA GRADUATE ONLINE APPLICATION.
Three Letters of Recommendation
Letters should be from individuals familiar with the applicant’s academic, scholarly, or professional work. At least one of the references should be academic. Letters are submitted online by the recommender via the UCLA Online Application.
Unofficial transcripts from all institutions attended in the U.S. or abroad should be uploaded to the Online Application Transcript Upload section. One official transcript from your degree-granting institution(s) is required to be sent through regular mail.
Official GRE Scores
GRE scores (from the last five years) are required for all applicants. Be sure to indicate the correct GRE institution (R4837) and department (4402) codes on your GRE registration materials. Your score will arrive even if you can or did not supply the department code. Joint-degree applicants to the Law or Business schools may submit the LSAT or GMAT (respectively) in lieu of the GRE.
Work Sample (Optional for MURP applicants; required for PhD applicants)
Preferably research papers and/or a copy of the master’s thesis are required of doctoral applicants. Work samples such as reports, research papers, etc., are optional for applicants to the master's program. No more than two samples should be submitted, and work in a language other than English will not be considered. Samples should be uploaded to the Writing Sample section on the online application. Do not mail physical portfolios or CDs.
TOEFL Scores (For international applicants only)
The minimum score required is 600 paper-based/250 computer-based/100 internet-based. The TOEFL institution code for UCLA is 4837 and the department code is 97. If you have completed or are enrolled in a minimum two-year degree program in an English-speaking country, the TOEFL is not required.