Prospective students are required to submit application materials directly to the University of Arizona Graduate College. We are here to help you through the process.
Funding may be available for qualified students.
From the West? Get Arizona Resident Tuition Pricing for the MS Urban Planning!
If you're from one of 15 Western states, you're now eligible for Arizona resident tuition pricing for the Master of Science in Urban Planning through the Western Regional Graduate Program (WRGP).
Students applying to the program must meet University of Arizona Graduate College admissions standards.
- Applicants must hold a baccalaureate degree from an accredited United States college or university, or equivalent in a non-US institution of higher learning. The undergraduate degree can be in any field of study. A cumulative grade point average (GPA) of 3.0 in the last 90 graded quarter credit hours or last 60 graded semester credit hours is required.
- 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.
- International students must demonstrate English language proficiency and submit scores from the TOEFL exam.
The Graduate Record Examination (GRE) is not required to apply to the MS Urban Planning.
All applicants must upload the following documents using PDF format:
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 (with a minimum score of 26 required for the Speaking section) 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.
Returned Peace Corps Volunteers
The University of Arizona offers Coverdell Fellowships to many returned Peace Corps volunteers who are enrolled in a graduate program, including the MS Urban Planning. Coverdell Fellows find a robust Peace Corps community at the university and in Tucson, and many are CAPLA alumni. View more information about the program, including scholarships:
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