MS Urban Planning Admissions & Cost
Gain the skills you need to shape a more resilient future for cities and regions.
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).
Annual Two-Semester Cost
Tuition and fees are reviewed annually and are subject to change. Students receive guaranteed tuition once the program is started. If tuition increases, student tuition rates will not increase.
In-state and WRGP tuition and fees:
$11,938 tuition + $3,000 program fees + $1,334 university fees
Out-of-state tuition and fees:
$32,125 + $3,000 program fees + $1,334 university fees
Subject to change. Learn more about WRGP pricing for out-of-state students from the West.
October 11: Round 1 (Deadline for GA Consideration)
November 1: International Student Deadline, WRGP-Eligible Deadline
December 6: Final Deadline (Domestic/International with Visa)
November 30: Priority Admissions Deadline
January 10: Round 2
February 4: Round 3
March 7: Round 4 (Deadline for Graduate Assistantship Consideration and International Students without Visa)
April 4: Round 5
May 15: Final Deadline (Domestic/International with Visa, WRGP-Eligible)
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.
- Those applicants who possess a bachelor's degree in landscape architecture or a closely related professional field may apply for advanced standing.
- 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.
The nonrefundable application fee for degree-seeking domestic applications is $85, international applications are $95 and domestic, non-degree seeking applications are $45.
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.
Resume/Curriculum Vitae: You will be asked to provide a biographical profile/resume including a complete record of academic and professional work.
Letters of Recommendation: You will be asked to provide the names and contact information (email address) of three persons who can comprehensively evaluate your record and potential for success in the 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.
Supplemental materials (optional): Upload supplemental materials in PDF format, which may include various forms of creative work including drawings or paintings, graphic design, creative writing, woodwork, designs of outdoor/indoor spaces, photography, sculpture, etc.
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 (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.
Official transcripts may be mailed to:
CAPLA Graduate Programs Office
The University of Arizona
1040 N. Olive Rd.
Tucson, AZ 85721
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:
CAPLA’s facilities include dedicated studio space, world-class materials and model-building laboratories and unique spaces inside and outside—including the award-winning Underwood Family Sonoran Landscape Laboratory, which features five biomes of the Sonoran desert as well as active and passive water harvesting systems. This oasis is a place for students to showcase their work or just hang out.Tour the College »
Scholarships & Financial Aid
After their first full year in the program, students are eligible for a number of CAPLA-specific scholarships and we are here to guide you through the application process. The university also offers other scholarship and financial aid opportunities. We also offer WRGP pricing and students may be eligible for graduate research and teaching assistantships.
Graduate assistant positions may be available for students continuing in the MS Urban Planning program. Students may apply for positions after their first year, or to other programs outside of CAPLA beginning their first year. Students may be awarded a CAPLA GA/GRA position in their first year and will be reviewed upon applying.Explore Scholarships and Financial Aid »