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 

Spring 2018 Application Deadlines

For Domestic Students: For International Students:
November 1, 2017 (online application)
November 20, 2017 (documents deadline)
October 1, 2017 (online application)
October 20, 2017 (documents deadline)


Fall 2018 Application Deadlines

For Domestic Students: For International Students:
May 1, 2018 (online application)
May 20, 2018 (documents deadline)
April 1, 2018 (online application)
April 20, 2018 (documents deadline)


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 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 Graduate Admissions Office. Do not send transcripts to the Department of Urban & Regional Planning. Copies of transcripts or opened transcripts will not be accepted. Send 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, including demonstrating competence in English, available on the Graduate Admissions & Program Evaluation website.

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. Spring 2017) 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 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.