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Graduate Programs in Urban and Regional Planning

Admissions

Attention International Students

Please visit International Admissions for additional information

Attention PhD Applicants

Please apply here for our PhD program in urban and regional planning

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:

For the following combined degree programs, you will need to submit separate applications to be admitted to the respective programs. 

MUP + JD Applicants

How to Apply to the MUP+JD

Apply to the MUP portion of the program

Apply to the UB Law School for the JD portion of the program

Applications should specify that you are applying to the dual MUP+JD program

Students may also apply to the combined program while enrolled in either the Law School or Department of Urban and Regional Planning (all application requirements must be met, including taking the Law School Admission Test (LSAT))

MUP + MPH Applicants

How to Apply to the MUP+MPH

Apply to the MUP portion of the program

Apply to the MPH portion of the program

On each application, in your personal statement, indicate that you are applying to the other and that you intend to pursue the combined degree program. Administrators of the two programs coordinate their reviews of the application and make every effort to respond to the applicant at the same time regarding the decision of their application.