MURP Admissions

Applicants to UCI's Master of Urban and Regional Planning program must have a bachelor’s degree (or equivalent) from a recognized academic institution with degree standards equivalent to those of the University of California, with a minimum undergraduate GPA of 3.0. We welcome applicants from a wide range of undergraduate disciplines, and planning experience is not required.

MURP admission decisions are based on a holistic evaluation of each candidate. No single factor outweighs the others; rather, the committee attempts to arrive at a balanced assessment of academic and professional promise, demonstrated in the application through:

  • undergraduate preparation (reflected in transcript final GPA, GPA trajectory, and rigor of courses)
  • letters of recommendation
  • GRE test scores
  • writing ability and planning interests, from required statements
  • professional history and samples of work/writing (not required for application, candidates may opt to submit)

How to Apply

Applications must be submitted online through the UCI Graduate Division admissions page. All UCI graduate applications require the following items. Use the detailed directions within the online application and on the Graduate Division website to submit.

Online Application

Details for MURP applications:

  • Official transcripts from colleges attended - Required for all applicants, review Grad Division transcript procedures; Use School of Social Ecology Graduate Recruiter mailing address (shown below) on transcript requests 
  • GRE General test scores - Required for all applicants, except US citizens or US legal permanent residents with an undergraduate GPA of 3.3 and above. Review Grad Division GRE requirements for UCI institution code and test timing information. 
  • Statement of Purpose - Required for all applicants, submitted through the online application. This essay should focus on your academic, professional, and/or research experiences and interests. The admissions and fellowship review committees will review this statement to evaluate your preparation for a professional planning degree program. This statement should include information about your academic plans and research interests, relevant experience, future career goals, and why the UCI MURP program would be a good intellectual fit for you. (1200 word maximum)
  • Personal History Statement - Required only for US citizens and US legal permanent residents, submitted through the online application. This essay should focus on your personal background, and can include information on your life experience and history which motivates your personal and professional goals.  We welcome information on how you have contributed to, and/or plan to contribute to, diversity, equity and inclusion within our program and the planning profession. (1200 word maximum)
  • Three letters of recommendationRequired for all applicants; Our program welcomes letters from both academics and professionals, but we strongly recommend submission of at least one academic recommendation letter. Detailed information about submission process is given in the online application, and on the Graduate Division's Letters of Recommendation web page. Online submission of letters of recommendation is strongly preferred; if paper submission is required, use School of Social Ecology Graduate Services mailing address, shown below.  
  • Application fees - Required for all applicants;  Review Grad Division Application Fees page. Your application can not be processed for review until fee is paid.


International Students

International students should refer to the Graduate Division International Students pages for the specific requirements of their application, including fees, verification of academic qualifications and English language proficiency testing.

Mailing Address: (official transcripts should be mailed directly from academic institution)
University of California, Irvine
School of Social Ecology (Attn: Irice Castro, Assistant Director of Graduate Student Services)
5300 Social and Behavioral Sciences Gateway
Irvine, CA 92697-7050

Any supplemental materials (i.e. CV or resume, professional work or writing sample) should be emailed in PDF format to Irice Castro:


Admissions Timelines

  • Applications: September 1, 2017 – May 15, 2018

Application review for Fall 2018 enrollment is underway. The admissions committee will continue to consider applications on a rolling basis, no later than May 15, 2018.

  • Admissions Decisions: Late February 2018

  • MURP Welcome Event: March 9, 2018

Applicants will receive information about this event with admission notifications

  • National Deadline for Statement of Intent to Register (SIR): April 15

MURP Admissions Frequently Asked Questions

For information or questions regarding MURP admissions, please contact:

Janet Gallagher, MURP Graduate Coordinator
Department of Urban Planning and Public Policy


Irice Castro
Assistant Director of Graduate Students Services
School of Social Ecology

Please be aware that our program staff are unable to view online applications while in process of completion. If you have technical difficulties or receive an error message while trying to complete the online application, please contact the Graduate Admissions webmaster:

For other questions about completing the application, contact UCI Grad Division admissions:

Applications for Concurrent Degree Programs

We offer concurrent degree programs in Civil Engineering or Law, with curriculum coordination allowing students to specialize and obtain two degrees in less time than if they were pursued separately.

Eligibility requires completion of separate applications and admission to each program.

For information on concurrent degree programs, please visit the following links: 

Concurrent Masters Program in Civil Engineering and Planning (MSCE/MURP)

Concurrent Juris Doctor – Master of Urban and Regional Planning (J.D.-MURP)