MURP Admissions

Deadline: The deadline for Fall 2021 priority admissions is January 15, 2021, applications will continue to be accepted on rolling basis until April 15, 2021. Applicants are encouraged to submit their application as soon as possible, as admissions review takes place on a rolling basis.

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 (waivers for strong candidates with slightly lower GPAs are possible under certain circumstances). 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
  • 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

MURP Admissions and Financial Aid Frequently Asked Questions

Details for MURP applications:

  • Transcripts from colleges attended - Required for all applicants. review Grad Division transcript procedures.
  • Statement of Purpose - Required for all applicants.This essay should focus on your academic, professional, and/or research experiences and interests. The admissions committee 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 for all applicants. 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. (Note: LOR submission requirements have changed; starting Fall 2018, all letters of recommendation must be submitted electronically.)
  • Application fees - Required for all applicants. Review Grad Division Application Fees page. Your application can not be processed for review until fee is paid. Fee waivers are available; learn more about eligibility and requirements

After submitting the application fee, your application will be processed and you will receive email confirmation. 

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.

Admissions Timeline

  • Application Period (for Fall 2021 Enrollment) September 1, 2020 - January 15, 2021 for priority consideration. After this date, applications will be accepted and considered on a rolling basis until April 15, 2021.

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

Prospective Student Events

View upcoming opportunities to meet admissions representatives and learn more about our program, including online information sessions, campus tours, and graduate school fairs. (Most admissions events occur during the fall application season.)

Can't make it to a MURP admissions event? We recorded the MURP Information Session presentation on November 8. Professor Houston provided plenty of great information about the program, the planning profession, and tips for the admissions process. Check it out!

Info Session Recording


Hannah Campbell, MURP Assistant Director
Department of Urban Planning and Public Policy
Janet Gallagher, MURP Graduate Coordinator
Department of Urban Planning and Public Policy


Irice Castro
Assistant Director of Graduate Student Affairs
School of Social Ecology

MURP Admissions Frequently Asked Questions

If you have technical difficulties or receive an error message while trying to complete the online application, email or call 949-824-6363. 

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