For admissions information, please select from one of the following three programs:
**For Spring 2016, only international students will be admitted to the MUP program.
Other interested applicants should plan to apply for Fall 2016. The deadline to submit
the online application for Spring 2016 is October 1, 2015. All supporting documents must be received by October 20, 2015. Domestic students can take classes through Open University -- please contact the
graduate adviser (firstname.lastname@example.org) for more information.
Fall 2016 Application Deadlines:
For Domestic Students:
May 1, 2016 (online application)
May 20, 2016 (documents deadline)
For International Students:
April 1, 2016 (online application)
April 20, 2016 (documents deadline)
** revised 7/15/2015
To complete your application, you must submit materials to two distinct bodies: the SJSU Graduate Admissions Office and the Urban and Regional Planning Admissions Committee. Each has its own timetable. Approval by both offices is necessary to gain admission to the program.
Additional information on SJSU application procedures for both domestic and international applicants can be found at a webpage for prospective students hosted by Graduate Admissions.
1. Materials to be submitted to the SJSU Graduate Admissions and Program Evaluations Office
Fill out the on-line application form. The Master of Urban Planning (MUP) program at SJSU is listed on the online application form under Urban Planning. This form must be completed by October 1, 2014 for Spring 2015 consideration.
For domestic students only: Submit one set of official transcripts from all higher educational institutions attended (even those where you did not get a degree) to the Graduate Admissions Office. All transcripts must be sealed and unopened in order to be acceptable as official documents. Do not send transcripts to the Department of Urban & Regional Planning. Copies of transcripts or opened transcripts will not be accepted. Mail the transcripts to:Graduate Admissions & Program Evaluations Office San José State University One Washington Square San José, CA 95192-0017
- For international students only: International students are advised to closely follow guidelines for submitting transcripts and any other supporting documents available on the Graduate Admissions & Program Evaluation website.
International students who must demonstrate competence in English should submit their test scores to the Graduate Admissions Office. The exams accepted by SJSU include the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL), the International English Language Testing System (IELTS), and the Pearson Test of English (PTE). The university minimum entrance score for the TOEFL is 550 (paper based), 213 (computer based), or 80 (internet based). The minimum score required on the IELTS is 7.0 and the PTE 68.
2. Materials to be submitted to the Urban and Regional Planning Admissions Committee
- Applicants must submit to the department a single package that contains all the following
materials. These materials should be mailed to:
Urban & Regional Planning Department Admissions Committee San José State University One Washington Square San José, CA 95192-0185
A statement indicating which semester you are applying for (e.g. Fall 2014) and your current contact information, including mailing address, phone number, and e-mail address. If you have previously applied to the program and are re-applying, please indicate for which semester you previously applied.
Three original, signed letters of recommendation that come from either university instructors who taught you or supervisors who managed you in paid or volunteer work. It is highly recommended that at least one letter come from a university instructor. If this is not possible, ask your letter writers to include an evaluation of your writing and analysis skills. These letters must be included in the package of materials submitted to the Urban and Regional Planning Admissions Committee, not to the SJSU Graduate Admissions Office. The department will only accept original, signed letters; faxed or emailed letters will not be accepted.
A short biographical statement of purpose (approximately 1.5 single-spaced typed pages) that indicates how a Master of Urban Planning degree will help you to achieve your career objectives.
Graduate Record Examination (GRE) scores are required for applicants with a GPA below 3.0. Original scores from the testing office must be submitted in a sealed, unopened envelope or sent directly by ETS (the code for SJSU is 4687).
Do not send transcripts to the Department of Urban & Regional Planning. Official transcripts must be sent directly to Graduate Admissions & Program Evaluation (see address above).
If you have questions about the application process, please contact the Graduate Adviser, Professor Hilary Nixon at email@example.com.
The Department of Urban and Regional Planning offers study leading to the undergraduate Minor in Urban Studies. This professionally oriented program is designed to:
Familiarize students with the social, economic, political, and physical aspects of the major urban issues of our time; and
Introduce students to the basic professional skills and strategies used to improve the urban environment.
If you are interested in applying for the undergraduate minor in urban studies, please complete the Minor in Urban Studies form [.pdf] and contact the department's Graduate Adviser, Professor Hilary Nixon, at firstname.lastname@example.org to schedule an appointment.