Master of Science in Planning | Admissions, Costs & Financial Aid
Most MS Planning students enter in the fall semester. The early admission application deadline for the fall semester is January 1, although we do accept applications throughout the year. Applicants who apply by the January deadline are given priority consideration both for admission and financial aid.
Students applying to the program must meet University of Arizona Graduate College admissions standards.
- Applicants must have a bachelor’s degree from an accredited university with a cumulative grade point average of 3.0. The Graduate College will also calculate the last 60 units in the event that the GPA is lower than 3.0.
- Applicants who do not meet the required 3.0 GPA can apply as Graduate Non-Degree Seeking. After completion of 12 consecutive semester units of 500 level courses, and a 3.0 GPA or higher, applicants can apply as graduate degree seeking using their graduate GPA.
Prospective students are required to submit application materials directly to the University of Arizona Graduate College. Please pay careful attention to the procedures described in the online application portal. You can access the online application system as many times as necessary to prepare your application up until the time you formally submit your materials. Applications will not be reviewed until all materials have been received.
The Graduate Record Examination (GRE) is not required to apply.
All applicants must upload the following documents using PDF format:
Personal Statement: You will be required to submit a Statement of Purpose, clearly and concisely delineating your focus or interest, special aptitude or personal characteristics and any other relevant factors related to your career aspirations in the profession of landscape architecture. Additionally, discuss your reasons for applying to the College of Architecture and Landscape Architecture and the University of Arizona.
Letters of Recommendation: You will be asked to provide the names and contact information (email address) of three persons who are in a position to provide a recommendation that addresses your potential for success in a graduate program. A combination of academic and professional recommendations is preferred. As soon as you have entered this information, an automatic email message will be sent to your recommender, explaining what is required and giving him/her instructions on how to log in on our website. On the recommendations site they will be asked to complete a form, and will also be able to upload a letter or type in some text, if they wish to do so.
Transcripts: One complete set of official college transcripts for all prior undergraduate and graduate coursework (diplomas, titulos). If these original documents are not in English, an official English translation must also be included. Submit these documents directly from the issuing institution to the Graduate College Online Application system. An official document must be submitted before formal admission to the Graduate College will be granted.
International students must also provide:
Financial Guarantee: Applicants must submit a Financial Guarantee form certifying they have sufficient U.S. funds for their first year of education. If family members are to accompany the student, additional funds are required. If the student receives a fellowship or an assistantship, the amount of the award will constitute part of the financial guarantee.
Proof of English Language Proficiency: TOEFL scores are required of applicants who speak English as a second language unless they have completed at least two years of full time academic study in the United States, English-speaking Canada, the United Kingdom, Australia, New Zealand or other official English speaking countries at an accredited institution, culminating in the receipt of a bachelors or graduate degree that is awarded within two years of the term of enrollment. Students must have 48 graded semester hours of upper division, undergraduate work or 30 graded semester hours of graduate work. If the student has been residing outside the English speaking country for more than 2 years since completing studies and earning a degree, he or she will be required to submit current TOEFL or IELTS scores as part of the admissions process. TOEFL results are valid for two years only. Only scores of 79 or greater on the TOEFL and 7 or greater on the ILETS are acceptable. The Center for English as a Second Language (CESL) at The University of Arizona offers full-time English-language training for students who have not attained an acceptable score on their TOEFL.
Most students enter the program in the Fall semester, although we accept applications throughout the year and can admit students for the Spring semester.
Domestic Applicants (US Citizen, Permanent Resident of the US at time of application, or hold Refugee, Asylee, or Jay Treaty status):
- The application deadline for priority consideration for domestic applicants is January 1 but applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis after this date.
- Applicants who apply by the January 1 deadline are given priority consideration both for admission and financial aid.
- The application deadline for Spring semester admission is October 1.
International Applicants (all those who do not meet conditions of Domestic Applicant):
- The application deadline for international students is September 1.
Cost to Attend
The cost to attend the program varies depending on whether the student is an in-state, out-of-state, or foreign student, and the number of credits carried each semester. To determine the cost of attending the program, visit the Graduate College to view the estimated cost of a UA education. The required College program fee is an additional $1500 per semester. Students pursuing a dual degree are responsible for paying 75% of program fees for each degree program.
Scholarships and Financial Aid
Financial aid is available to qualified students based on the program, merit and financial need. Many of our students receive some form of financial aid excluding loans.
- Graduate Tuition Scholarships are available for eligible first-year students.
- The University of Arizona and the College of Architecture, Planning and Landscape Architecture have an array of scholarships available to qualified students. Awards are based on need, merit, program, class year, and/or other specifications. Students can apply for additional scholarships through Scholarship Universe. Admitted students will be notified of the opportunity to apply through Scholarship Universe.
- The University of Arizona is now part of the National Institute for Transportation and Communities (NITC), one of five USDOT-funded National University Transportation Centers. Students interested in studying transportation may be eligible to receive financial aid in the form of a NITC Student Scholar Award, NITC student conference travel scholarships, and/or a NITC dissertation fellowship.
- Applicants are eligible to apply for federal financial aid through Free Application Federal Student Aid (FAFSA). Please visit The Office of Scholarships and Financial Aid for more information.
- Curriculum and Degree Information
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- Strategic Plan
- School of Landscape Architecture and Planning Bylaws