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Thank you for your interest in applying to the Master of Urban Planning program at the University of Washington. The MUP program application process is done entirely online. Applicants to the MUP program must submit an application through the Graduate School’s Application for Admission web page. Once you designate the program you are applying for, you will be prompted for the required application materials. Please see tabs below for information on deadlines, further description of what’s required in the Application Checklist, and more.

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Application Deadlines

Autumn is the only entry quarter for the MUP program.

January 15 is the application deadline for U.S. applicants.

December 15 is the application deadline for international applicants.

All application materials must be received by the application deadline.

Applicants are notified regarding Autumn quarter admission in March.

If you live in the Seattle area and want to explore the option of taking classes prior to Autumn quarter, please see the Graduate Non-Matriculated information on the Non-Degree Enrollment page.

Application Review and Admissions Criteria

All applications will be reviewed and assigned a competitive ranking, and those ranked highest will be accepted within the enrollment quota. The Admissions Committee will consider the following criteria in reviewing and ranking the applications:

  • Previous academic performance and relevance of the education to urban design and planning
  • Relevance of previous non-academic experience to urban design and planning
  • Clarity of objectives and their relevance to the profession in general and the Department of Urban Design and Planning, University of Washington in particular
  • Quality of recommendations
  • GRE scores
  • GPA [a minimum grade-point-average of 3.0  (on a 4 point scale) within the last 90 quarter or 60 semester graded credits is required]
  • English proficiency, for all applicants whose native language is not English

Please see the Graduate School’s web pages for Understanding the Application Process and Frequently Asked Questions for further information.

Note to International Applicants

International applicants – please note that, if submitting TOEFL scores to demonstrate English proficiency, a minimum score of 92 is required by the Master of Urban Planning program.

Please see the Graduate School’s web pages for Understanding the Application ProcessInternational Applicant Information and Frequently Asked Questions for further information.

Note to Concurrent Degree Applicants

An applicant who is not currently a student at the University of Washington must submit a separate application to and be accepted by each degree program.  UW students who are currently enrolled in one of the programs must submit an application for the second program, indicating their intent to complete both degrees concurrently.

If applying for a concurrent degree with MPA, MLA or MPH: Please indicate “Concurrent MUP/MPA program”, “Concurrent MUP/MLA program” or “Concurrent MUP/MPH program” in the Areas of Interest section of your applications for each program, as well as on the MUP Program: Supplemental Information Form.

If applying to any other concurrent degree programs: Please indicate in your statement of purpose, as well as on the MUP Program: Supplemental Information Form, to which other degree programs you are applying.

Application Checklist

All application materials are submitted via the Graduate School’s online Application for Admission. Please see below to learn more about the required and optional materials for the MUP application.

 

MUP Program: Supplemental Information Form

The Supplemental Information Form provides an opportunity to include information not covered in other areas of the application.

Statement of Purpose

Prepare a statement outlining career objectives, reasons for choosing to undertake graduate study in urban design and planning, and expectations from the Department. The admissions committee uses this statement to understand your personal goals and desires with respect to the field of planning. This constitutes one of the major documents in the review of your application, and you are encouraged to prepare it very carefully.

Please address the following questions in the statement:

  • What are your long term career objectives?
  • Describe your most substantial professional contributions or the situation which helped you define your professional objectives.
  • Identify the central skills, knowledge and experiences you will bring to graduate studies.
  • What factors led you to decide that the program of graduate study offered by the Department of Urban Design and Planning would be most helpful to your career development?
  • Describe any special area(s) within urban design and planning in which you would like to focus, such as land use, infrastructure and transportation planning; urban design; historic preservation; real estate; environmental planning; or other.
  • What issues or problems do you wish to address in the course of your graduate studies?
  • Identify other academic units on campus with which you might work.

Although there is no specified format for the statement of purpose, a good guideline to follow is 2-3 pages with 1.5 spacing in-between lines.

Personal History Statement (optional)

U.S. applicants are invited to include a personal history statement, but one is not required. The personal history statement provides an opportunity for U.S. applicants to address educational, social, and economic experiences that have influenced and affected the development of their special interests, career plans, and future goals. Furthermore, applicants may provide information on how their individual experiences and/or academic interests will bring diversity to the scholarly perspectives and academic experiences of our graduate student community. These may include: economic and educational disadvantages, cultural awareness, overcoming personal adversity, and leadership awards and achievement.

Resume

Please include a resume of work and relevant experiences.

Letters of Recommendation

Applicants are required to submit three letters of recommendation: at least two from college instructors and, if appropriate, one from an employer. Additional letters are welcomed but not required. Applicants who have been out of school for several years may submit letters from employers or other persons in a position to evaluate their professional abilities and academic potential in place of letters from college instructors. We do strongly encourage that at least one academic recommender be used.

All letters should be submitted online, and recommenders must be designated on the online application. Only in exceptional circumstances may the letters of recommendation be submitted in hard copy. In this instance, letters should be sent directly to the Department of Urban Design and Planning with the MUP Program Letter of Recommendation Form in envelopes sealed by the recommenders, to:

MUP Program
Department of Urban Design and Planning
University of Washington
410 Gould Hall, Box 355740
Seattle, WA 98195-5740

Complete Set of Transcripts

Applicants must list and upload unofficial transcripts for all collegiate institutions attended to their online application. Hard copies of transcripts are not required at the time of application.

If a non-U.S. college was attended, an international program transcript should be uploaded with an official English translation.

International applicants must upload one complete set of transcripts and degree statements, including the date and title of the academic degree, at the time of application. All coursework with grades issued for each year completed must be submitted for proper evaluation. All international records must be submitted in the original language accompanied by an official English translation. Translations must be literal, complete versions of original records, and the documents must be translated by a university, a government official, or an official translation service. You cannot do your own translation.

Applicants offered admission will be required to submit to the University of Washington Graduate School and the Master of Urban Planning program a complete set of hard copy official transcripts for all collegiate institutions attended. If a non-U.S. college was attended, one official set of each international program transcript and degree statement, including the date and title of the academic degree, must also be sent at the time of admission. All coursework with grades issued for each year completed must be submitted. All international records are considered official if they have been certified or attested and must be submitted in the original language accompanied by an official English translation. Translations must be literal, complete versions of original records, and the documents must be translated by a university, a government official, or an official translation service. Applicants cannot do their own translation.

Official transcripts must arrive unopened, in envelopes sealed by the sending school and should be mailed to both:

MUP Program
Department of Urban Design and Planning
University of Washington
410 Gould Hall, Box 355740
Seattle, WA 98195-5740

AND

the University of Washington Graduate School [they will contact you separately regarding the transcript(s) they require and to which address they can be mailed)]

Official GRE Scores

The official results of the Graduate Record Examination must be submitted by all applicants. GRE tests in the United States are administered many times each year; please check with your testing center. The tests are given at various locations throughout the world as well. Although recent scores are preferred, tests taken within the past five years are acceptable. Applicants should request their GRE scores be sent by ETS so they are received by the University of Washington by the appropriate deadline: December 15 (Autumn quarter admission, international applicants), January 15 (Autumn quarter admission, U.S. applicants), or September 15 (Winter quarter admission). For further information about GRE examinations, go to http://www.ets.org/gre/.

Our institution code is 4854; we do not use a department code.

Official TOEFL Scores (if applicable)

Proficiency in English is required for graduate study at the University of Washington. Therefore, every applicant whose native language is not English must demonstrate English language proficiency. Proficiency can be demonstrated in a number of ways; please visit the Graduate School’s Memoranda web page to learn more at http://www.grad.washington.edu/policies/memoranda/memo08.shtml.

For applicants submitting TOEFL scores to demonstrate English proficiency, please note: a minimum score of 92 is required by the Master of Urban Planning program.

Applicants should request their official TOEFL scores be sent by ETS so they are received by the University of Washington by the appropriate deadline: December 15 (Autumn quarter admission, international applicants), January 15 (Autumn quarter admission, U.S. applicants), or September 15 (Winter quarter admission). For further information about TOEFL examinations, please visit the ETS TOEFL web site at http://www.ets.org/toefl.

Our institution code is 4854; we do not use a department code.

The University of Washington is phasing out usage of IELTS. IELTS results with a test session date after November 1, 2016 will not be accepted.

Portfolio/Work Sample (optional)

Applicants are invited to submit an electronic portfolio or work sample with their application, though one is not required. The portfolio or work sample should illustrate their interests and abilities in areas related to urban design and planning. This can be an essay, a paper, a publication, a report, or a project for which the person applying to the program has had major responsibility.

When submitting a work sample, please keep the following in mind:

  • The work sample must be submitted as a PDF file to the online application (due to security issues and size restrictions, work samples cannot be submitted via email).
  • The work sample must be no larger than 30 MB and no more than 20 pages in length.
  • Please add your name, the program to which you are applying and the year and quarter at the top of the document.