2023-2024 Admission Requirements for the Graduate Major in Urban Planning

Admissions Requirements for the Graduate Major in Urban Planning


After exploring options and choosing a specific program, follow the steps on our University’s graduate application process:

Deadlines to apply

Ph.D.: December 1, 2022

Admission Limited to


Exams & GRE Types

GRE: Optional

Letters of Recommendation


UCLA-Wide Graduate Admissions Requirements

Degree-Specific Admissions Requirements

In addition to the University's minimum requirements and those listed above, all applicants are expected to submit all of the supplemental application materials outlined in the Department of Urban Planning Ph.D. Application Checklist:

1) Personal/research statement : Concisely address the following in your own words: i) Your personal, education and professional background, ii) your motivation to seed a Ph.D. degree in Urban Planning and why you wish to study at UCLA, and iii) the specific research topics and questions you hope to explore in your doctoral program. Focus on your research interests in your statement, being as specific as possible about them and the UCLA faculty with whome you wish to work. The statement should run about 1,000 words; excessively long statements will not be considered in their entirety

2) Letters of recommendation,

3) Work sample,

4) Complete undergraduate and graduate academic transcripts,

5) Graduate Record Examination (GRE) scores, and

6) Curriculum vita.

The review for admission considers all of these materials. At least two Urban Planning faculty members must agree to guide and financially support an applicant for admission to be recommended; these two faculty members must also agree to guide and financially support the admitted student during his or her doctoral studies.

Applicants admitted to the UCLA Urban Planning Ph.D. program must hold a master's degree in planning or a related field prior to commencing Ph.D. study. A minimum U.S.-equivalent grade point average of 3.0 for all undergraduate coursework and 3.5 for all graduate coursework is required. Work experience in planning or a closely related field is strongly recommended.

Applicants must submit unofficial transcripts from every college attended, whether or not a degree was granted from that institution, as well as official transcripts from all institutions that granted the applicant a degree. For applicants who do not meet the University's English language requirement, the department expects a score of 600 (paper based test) or 100 (internet based test) on the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL), or an overall band score of 7.0 on the International English Language Testing System (IELTS) examination.

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