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Graduate Programs in Urban and Regional Planning

Admissions

Attention MUP + JD Applicants

  • Please apply separately to the Law School for the JD and the Department of Urban and Regional Planning for the MUP
  • Applications should specify that the student is applying to the dual MUP/JD program
  • Students may also apply to the program while enrolled in either the Law School or Department of Urban and Regional Planning, meeting all application requirements, including taking the Law School Admission Test (LSAT)

1 Deadlines

The Department of Urban and Regional Planning reviews completed applications for graduate admission on a rolling basis. For fall admission, applications received by March 1 will receive primary consideration for scholarships and admissions. Applications received thereafter are reviewed on a rolling basis, provided space remains in the incoming class.

For spring admission, applications received by October 31 will receive primary consideration for scholarships and admissions. International students are encouraged to apply by October 1. Applications received thereafter are reviewed on a rolling basis, provided space remains in the incoming class.

2 Collect your official credentials needed during application process

Complete applications must include the following, uploaded to your online application:

  • Official transcript(s) from every institution you have previously attended. Current University at Buffalo undergraduate students need not send UB transcripts.
  • 500-word essay describing your interests in planning and your aspirations for the MUP degree. Please be specific about influential courses, instructors, books, personal or professional experiences, and goals.
  • Three recommendations. Please identify in your application the names of persons who will be writing recommendations. You are strongly encouraged to arrange for at least one from a person who knows your academic work. The individuals will receive an automated email message requesting a letter of recommendation on your behalf.
  • Resume that outlines your work and educational background and experiences.

3 Apply NOW!

You can apply to our master’s programs online. Your application will be forwarded to the Department of Urban and Regional Planning when you have completed the online application. Once you submit your application online for formal review, you will be provided with a link to our online payment system, where you can pay the application fee. Please select the degree program for which you are applying: