Apply / Graduate Master's Urban Planning
The Urban and Regional Planning Program still has room for the fall 2013 entering class and will accept late applications on a rolling basis. For more information, please contact: TaubmanCollegeStudentServices@umich.edu
Application Deadline: December 15th annually
It is advisable to take the GRE test no later than 4 weeks prior in order for test scores to be received by the deadline.
The Urban and Regional Planning Program is part of the Rackham Graduate School, which is the overall administrative unit for Graduate programs. Rackham works in conjunction with 19 schools and colleges to recruit applicants, administer the admissions process, and serve students through the final stages of degree attainment.
- Undergraduate grade point average of 3.0 or better.
- All applicants must have a bachelor's degree or its equivalent from an accredited institution.
Non-Refundable Application Fee
The fee for United States Citizens and those with permanent resident visa status is $65 (U.S. funds). The fee for non-U.S. citizens is $75 (U.S. funds). The application fee is paid online, via credit card, before the application is submitted. The application is submitted electronically to the program of study and the Rackham Graduate School. Applications received without fees will not be processed.
Submit all of the following materials via the Rackham online application.
- Non-refundable application fee
- Statement of Purpose ∨
- Personal Statement ∨
- Official Transcripts (submit hard copy to Grad School) ∨
- Three Letters of Recommendation ∨
- Resume ∨
- GRE Scores (required) or GMAT/LSAT ∨
- TOEFL (required) ∨
Statement of Purpose
This is a vital component of your application. Explain how you arrived at the decision to pursue a M.U.P. in urban and regional planning, what you plan to do during the course of your studies, and how you hope to use your graduate education in planning. There are no requirements for length. The typical length is two double-spaced pages.
The personal statement should be a concise, well-written statement about how your personal background and life experiences, including social, cultural, familial, educational, or other opportunities or challenges, have motivated your decision to pursue a graduate degree at the University of Michigan. This is not an academic statement of purpose, but a brief (500 word limit) discussion of the personal journey that has led to your decision to seek a graduate degree.
Submit official academic records/transcripts from the institution from which you received or will receive a Bachelor's, Master's, Professional, or Doctoral degree to the Rackham Graduate School.
- Are you applying to more than one Rackham program? Submit only one official academic record/transcript from each institution.
- Are you a current or previous University of Michigan – Ann Arbor student? Do not submit a paper U-M transcript.
- Did you take classes at a Community or Junior College, a non-degree, or a study abroad program? Do not send an official transcript.
- For specific transcript requirements by country click here
Do you have a U-M ID#? If not, before sending your academic record/transcript:
- Create your ApplyWeb account
- Complete pages 1-5 of the application
- On page 5 of the application click the "Request a U-M ID#" link
- You will receive confirmation by e-mail that your request is being processed
- You will receive your U-M ID# in approximately 7-10 business days
When, how and where are transcripts sent?
Academic records/transcripts are submitted through:
1) The online application
- To expedite the processing of your online application, you are encouraged to include a scanned image of your academic record/transcript(s) with the online application. This enables the admissions committee to make a preliminary decision based upon your submission of a scanned transcript.
- Scanned images of official transcripts that are uploaded into the online application will be considered unofficial.
- A scanned copy of an official student copy, provided to you by the Registrar's Office, is acceptable. Unofficial transcripts printed from your institution's student portal (a screen print of a transcript) are not acceptable.
2) The mail
Following these instructions enables Rackham to process your academic record/transcript as quickly as possible. If you do not have a U-M ID#, submit your official academic record/transcript to Rackham with your date of birth.
Rackham Graduate School
Attn: Transcripts/U-M ID# (if known) or Date of Birth (mm/dd/yyyy)
915 E Washington Street
Ann Arbor, MI 48109-1070
Electronic Option: E-transcripts may be sent to Rackham at Rackfirstname.lastname@example.org. A transcript received from a personal e-mail address will not be accepted. If your school also requires a mailing address, use the one indicated above.
Letters of Recommendation
Three letters of recommendation are required and should testify mainly to your academic and professional capacity and promise. Letters should be substantive statements from academics and professionals familiar with your abilities and accomplishments. Letters must be submitted via the Rackham online application. You will be prompted to register recommenders using the online application, enabling recommenders to submit letters of recommendation electronically. If you are having recommendations sent from your university's Career Center, no cover sheet from UM is required.
Please submit an up to date resume with your online application.
Graduate Record Examination Scores (GMAT or LSAT accepted in place of GRE)
The Graduate Record Examination (GRE) Score Report is required of all students. Information about the GRE including test dates and locations can be found at http://www.gre.org. Please have an official score report sent to the University of Michigan at least 4 weeks prior to the December 15th deadline. GRE scores must be no older than five years old to be valid; recent scores are preferable. No minimum GRE score is required to apply.
*Institution code GRE: 1839
*Department code GRE: 4402 (City and Regional Planning)
If you have taken the GMAT or LSAT, we can use those scores in place of the GRE. LSAT scores should be listed on the additional information page of the online application.
TOEFL Examination (International Applicants Only)
Applicants whose native language is not English must demonstrate English proficiency and are required to submit one official score report. The Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) scores are sent electronically from ETS directly to the University of Michigan (institution code: 1839, dept code: 97). Official ECPE, IELTS and MELAB scores must be sent directly to the Rackham Graduate School from the testing agency.
Rackham Graduate School
915 E. Washington St.
Ann Arbor, MI 48109-1070
Information about the TOEFL including test dates and locations can be found at ets.org/toefl. Please contact ETS (ets.org) and have an official score report sent to the University of Michigan at least 4–6 weeks prior to the December 15th deadline. Test scores are valid two years from the test date. Photocopies and/or faxes of English proficiency scores will not be accepted.
The minimum requirement for the TOEFL test is 100 IBT, 250 computer based or 600 paper based. If you have taken the TOEFL exam and not achieved the minimum score you must continue to take the test until you achieve the minimum score to be considered for admission. Taubman College does not admit students that have not met the minimum score.
The Rackham Graduate School's English Proficiency Exemptions
Applicants who have earned or will earn a Bachelor's or Master's degree are exempt from submitting an Official English Proficiency Score if:
- The degree was earned from an institution where the language of instruction is English, exclusively. Verification from the school may be required.
- The degree was earned from a country where the official language is English (United States of America, Australia, and England).
For international students, the pre-enrollment material includes an I-20 needed to obtain a visa. ("Certificate of Eligibility for Nonimmigrant (F-1) Student Status - For Academic and Language Students") The I-20 is given for three years for a masters student. This allows for the possibility that you may need more than two years to complete your program of study.