Admission: Masters of City & Metropolitan Planning
Students at the U become impactful urban planners and designers while also contributing to forge a forward thinking and dynamic Utah. The Master of City and Metropolitan Planning (MCMP) is an accredited professional degree that prepares students to achieve excellence in guiding the growth and development of towns, cities, and regions. The core courses emphasize ecological resiliency, smart growth, and social justice through effective communication, collaboration, and innovation. The program blends core knowledge and skills with specializations to prepare students for professional leadership roles in public sector agencies at local, regional, state, and federal levels as well as private consulting firms, and non-profit organizations. Interdisciplinary work, drawing from fields outside of planning, is encouraged. The curriculum additionally features a community-based planning workshop and a capstone professional project.
The University of Utah utilizes an online admission application system called “Apply Yourself.” The application can be completed online and submitted electronically once all required fields on the application have been completed. As a new user of the application system, you will first need to create a user account. After creating a user account, a unique PIN and password will be issued to you. The PIN and password will enable you to access, input and save information.
To be considered for admission into the Master of City & Metropolitan Planning (MCMP) program, applicants must have a fully completed application on file with the Department by the deadline corresponding to the semester the applicant wishes to enter the program:
Fall Semester: January 10
(Priority deadline for admissions and scholarships is January 10th. After January 10th rolling admissions until May 1st.)
The University of Utah utilizes an online admission application system called “ApplyYourself.” The application can be completed online and submitted electronically once all required fields on the application have been completed. As a new user of the application system, you will first need to create a user account. After creating a user account, a unique PIN and password will be issued to you. The PIN and password will enable you to access, input and save information.
Applicants must write and upload a statement onto the online application outlining their experiences and articulating why this course of study makes sense to them. We recommend you write your personal statement before beginning the online application.
Two letters of recommendation are required for all applicants. To facilitate this process, you will be asked as part of your online application to enter the names and contact information (including email addresses) of your two recommenders. Once that information is saved, an email will be sent automatically to the recommender with an access code and instructions on how to proceed with the online recommendation.
Note that recommendation requests are sent immediately to the recommenders once you save that information, regardless of whether you have completed your application. Please remind recommenders that letters must be completed and submitted by the appropriate deadline.
Applicants are not required to take the Graduate Record Exam (GRE).
Applicants have the option of submitting GRE or other exam results as part of their application materials. Official scores must be received by the Department of City & Metropolitan Planning before the application deadline. Use the following codes to facilitate efficient reporting of your test scores: University of Utah school code is 4853, Department code is 4402.
There is no minimum GRE score required. Median scores for students accepted for fall 2018 were the following: verbal 155, quantitative 152, and analytical 4.0.
You are required to upload an unofficial transcript from each institution you have attended. Uploading unofficial transcripts will significantly decrease the amount of time required to process your application. Official transcripts will be required if you are admitted.
The following information provides tips on how to correctly complete specific sections of the online application. The headings below relate to the major sections in the online form.
-Intended graduate program and degree: City & Metro Planning MCP.
-Emphasis area: Not applicable.
-Application Term and Year: Indicate which semester you intend to start the program.
-Test Scores (optional): Please list GRE scores and percentiles for each section of the exam-quantitative, verbal, and analytical writing.
Academic Background and Interest:
-Personal Statement: Required.
-CV/Resume: Required. Please upload a current CV or resume.
-Writing sample-essay-publication: Not required but recommended.
-Faculty: Not applicable.
-Financial Support: Please indicate whether you are interested in receiving financial support. The type of support is determined by the department and disbursed only to applicants entering in the Fall semester.
-Full-time or part-time status: Students may choose their desired level of attendance.
-Earn a four-year baccalaureate degree (from any field of study)
-Have a cumulative undergraduate GPA of 3.0 or better
-Take the GRE (optional)
-Complete a personal statement
-Arrange for two letters of recommendation
-Submit an online graduate admissions application on or before January 10
Application fee waived for applications received by January 10
International students seeking employment in the U.S. during or after completing their degree program have access to a number of helpful resources. F-1 students are eligible for curricular practical training (CPT), as well as post-program optional practical training (OPT), and a STEM OPT extension. The MCMP Program is a STEM CIP (30.3301 Sustainability Studies).
English Proficiency: A minimum TOEFL score of 80 iBT (550 pBT) or better, or a minimum IELTS band score of 6.5 or better.