Admissions

For admissions information, please select from one of the following three programs:

Information about financial aid and scholarships is available here.

Master of Urban Planning 

Fall 2018 Application Deadlines

For Domestic Students: For International Students:

May 1, 2018 (Application to University via Cal State Apply)


May 20, 2018 (documents due to Urban & Regional Planning Deptartment)

April 1, 2018 (Application to University via Cal State Apply)


April 20, 2018 (documents due to Urban & Regional Planning Deptartment)

Domestic Student Application Flowchart

International Student Application Flowchart 

For more information:

Domestic: How to Apply

For more information: 

International: How to Apply

Fall 2018 Admissions Brochure  (detailed instructions)

 

Spring 2019 Application Deadlines

For Domestic Students: For International Students:

November 1, 2018 (Application to University via Cal State Apply)


November 20, 2018 (documents due to Urban & Regional Planning Deptartment)

October 1, 2018 (Application to University via Cal State Apply)


October 20, 2018 (documents due to Urban & Regional Planning Deptartment)

Domestic Student Application Flowchart

International Student Application Flowchart 

For more information:

Domestic: How to Apply

For more information: 

International: How to Apply

 

 

To complete your application, you must submit materials to two distinct bodies: the (GAPE) Graduate Admissions & Program Evaluations Office and the Urban and Regional Planning Admissions Committee. Each office has their own deadlines and requirements. 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 the Graduate Admissions office.

 

1. Materials to be submitted to the SJSU Graduate Admissions and Program Evaluations Office

  • Fill out the Cal State Apply on-line application form. The Master of Urban Planning (MUP) program at SJSU is listed within the online application under Urban Planning. This application must be completed by the deadlines noted above. Payment of the CSU Application Fee of $55 will be accepted by credit card or Paypal only. The payment must be made in order to submit your Cal State Apply  university application.
  • 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 GAPE Office. Do not send transcripts to the Department of Urban & Regional Planning. Copies of transcripts or opened transcripts will not be accepted. Send transcripts directly 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, including demonstrating competence in English, available on the Graduate Admissions & Program Evaluation website.

2. Materials needed by the Urban and Regional Planning Dept. Admissions Committee

  • Applicants can submit the required materials, listed below, through the Cal State Apply application within the Program materials (4th quadrant) of your appication.
  • 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. This statement should indicate which semester you are applying for (e.g. Spring 2018) 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 and 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. You can request these letters through the Program Materials (4th quadrant) of your Cal State Apply application. Make sure to follow the detailed instructions. Using Cal State Apply is highly preferred. However, if you opt out of using Cal State Apply to provide letters of recommendation, you can also have your writers send their letters to the GAPE office at sa-adm-wrkflow@sjsu.edu or:
     
    Graduate Admissions & Program Evaluations Office
    San José State University
    One Washington Square
    San José, CA 95192-0017
  • 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 to SJSU (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 Advisor.

Minor in Urban Studies

The Department of Urban and Regional Planning offers study leading to the undergraduate Minor in Urban Studies. This professionally oriented program is designed to:

  1. Familiarize students with the social, economic, political, and physical aspects of the major urban issues of our time; and

  2. 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 Advisor to schedule an appointment.

Certificate Programs

If you are interested in completing one of our certificate programs, please contact the Graduate Advisor. For questions pertaining to the Certificate in Real Estate Development, please contact Prof. Shishir Mathur.

Financial Aid and Scholarship Opportunities

SJSU graduate and undergraduate students may apply for federal financial aid. For eligibility criteria and guidance on how to apply, see the SJSU Financial Aid and Scholarships Office (FASO).

FASO also provides information about identifying scholarship, both on campus and external to SJSU.