About Applying to the Program
Frequently Asked Questions about Urban Planning

About Applying to the Program

Do I need any special undergraduate major to be admitted to the masters degree in urban planning degree program?
When should I apply?
What tests do I need to take?
How do I apply?
What do I need to be accepted to the program?
When will I find out if I am accepted?
What if I am not accepted? What should I do next?
Return to Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)

Do I need any special undergraduate major to be admitted to the masters in urban planning degree program?

No, students in the urban planning program come from every type of major-from archeology to zoology. The diversity of academic backgrounds enriches the study of urban planning by bringing different points of view to every problem that students encounter.

When should I apply?

Generally, you should try to apply sometime in the fall or early winter of the year before you intend to begin the program. The recommended filing date for applications for fall admission is January 1. Students seeking to begin the program in January should generally apply before September 1.

If you are late in applying, contact the department chair to discuss options.

What tests do I need to take?

All applicants need to take the General Test of the Graduate Record Examination (GRE). International applicants whose first language is not English must submit a minimum TOEFL score of 100 iBT or 600 PBT, or a score of 7.0 on the IELTS examination. Applicants with TOEFL scores from 79-99 iBT or 550-599 PBT, or an IELTS score of 6.5 will be considered for admission only with the stipulation that further course work in English be taken. Additional requirements for international applicants: http://www4.uwm.edu/cie/futurestudents/69/

How do I apply?

Complete the application form and submit the required documentation, which includes: required test scores; an official transcript(s) from your undergraduate degree and any graduate course work completed; three letters of recommendation; and a statement describing your reasons for seeking a masters of urban planning.

What do I need to be accepted to the program?

The admission decision is based on the total circumstances represented in the application materials. The program does not base decisions on any specific cut-off score for tests or grade point averages.

Students whose undergraduate grade point average is below 2.75 will be required to provide additional documentation as evidence off their ability to do satisfactory work at the graduate level.

When will I find out if I am accepted?

Students are notified of acceptance as soon as possible after the Admissions and Scholastic Awards Committee makes its determination and the Graduate School has acted on the committee�s recommendation. In most cases, a student will receive a decision within 4 weeks after all admission documentation has been received by the program.

What if I am not accepted? What should I do next?

In some cases, a student's uneven undergraduate performance may be insufficient to persuade the Admissions and Scholastic Awards Committee that the student is capable of performing at the high level required in the master of urban planning program. Such students may complete additional course work at the advanced undergraduate or graduate level to demonstrate their ability to perform. Contact the department chair or the graduate adviser for more information about this option.