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Admission Requirements


For full consideration, your completed application should be received by February 15 (for the Fall semester) or October 15 (for the Spring semester).

Masters of Urban and Regional Planning
International Students

Masters of Urban and Regional Planning


Masters of Urban and Regional Planning applicants must provide general admission requirements and program-specific requirements.

General admission criteria include GRE scores, performance as an undergraduate student, practical/work experience and letters of recommendation. These are submitted as a part of the general application.

Submission requirements include:

  • Undergraduate transcripts confirming a bachelor’s degree was earned from a regionally accredited university. All undergraduate fields are welcomed to apply. The core curriculum is designed to give everyone an understanding of basic planning issues, irrespective of academic preparation.
  • GPA and GRE Scores. Students must have a minimum grade point average (GPA) of 3.0 (on a 4-point scale) over the last 60 (upper division) credit hours of undergraduate work. The GRE is required, and scores, including the analytical writing component, will be evaluated in the context of the other application components. Applicants with a GPA above 3.25 are exempt from submitting GRE scores, but may want to consider taking the GRE to be competitive for funding opportunities.
  • Letter of intent, clearly describing the applicant's academic and (if relevant) professional background, as well as articulate his/her interest in the field of planning. Applicants should express the specific academic goals they would like to pursue within the planning program. The letter of intent would generally be 1- 3 pages long.
  • Two letters of recommendation, one of which must be from a faculty member familiar with the applicant's academic performance and potential. Refereees should write, sign and mail all letters of recommendation directly to the MURP director. Letters of reference that are not signed or are sent by the applicant shall be rejected. 

Dr. Mark Hafen, Director of Urban and Regional Planning
University of South Florida
School of Public Affairs
4202 E. Fowler Ave., SOC 107
Tampa, FL 33620
Phone: (813) 974-0477
Email: mhafen@usf.edu


International Student Requirements


  • English Proficiency: TOEFL/IELTSM
    International applicants from non-English speaking countries must provide a minimum IELTS score of 6.5 taken within 2 years of the desired term of entry or a minimum TOEFL score of 79 (internet-based test) or 550 (written test). More Information
  • Foreign Transcripts
    See USF Office of Admissions