The University of Utah
College of Architecture + Planning

Admissions: PhD in Metropolitan Planning, Policy, and Design

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.

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To be considered for the Metropolitan Planning, Policy and Design PhD Program applicants must have a fully completed application submitted through the online platform by January 10th

  1. Hold a graduate degree, or complete one prior to beginning PhD studies (applicants without a graduate degree will be considered only in exceptional cases)
  2. Have a cumulative graduate GPA of 3.5 or better
  3. Take the GRE
  4. Take English Proficiency Exam (International Applicants)
  5. Submit online graduate admissions application
  6. Pay application fee

Applicants must write and upload a statement onto the online application outlining their experiences and articulating why the PhD course of study makes sense to them by answering the following questions in their statement:

  1. Why are you pursuing a PhD in Metropolitan Planning, Policy and Design?
  2. What is your career focus?
  3. Why is the University of Utah the right place for you to pursue a PhD?
  4. Discuss your research and potential dissertation topic area.
  5. How do you work best with respect to your research and writing?

We recommend you write your statement of purpose before beginning the online application.

Note: Applicants are required to submit their statements of purpose online by the appropriate deadline; paper copies will not be processed.

Two writing samples are required. The online application system only allows one document to be uploaded, so please combine your two samples into a single document. Include in this document a brief description of your proposed dissertation topic.

Ph.D. applicants are required to take the Graduate Record Exam (GRE).

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.

Ph.D. applicants may apply for a waiver of the GRE requirement for the following reasons: 1) the applicant has test scores from other services (e.g., LSAT, GMAT) or 2) Other exigencies such as financial burden or inability to access a test exam site. To request a waiver, please fill out the GRE waiver form and submit to the Ph.D. Program Coordinator, Dr. Divya Chandrasekhar. Requests for waivers after December 20th will not be considered.

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 requesting letters of recommendation from university professors or instructors will need to provide those persons with a completed Federal Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA) waiver form, which can be downloaded here.

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.

With submission of your online graduate admission application, you must pay the application fee. Your application will not be fully submitted or processed until the fee is paid. Failure to submit the fee by our deadline may result in denial of your application.

The International Student application as well as the Graduate School application called “Apply Yourself” need to be completed as part of the admissions process.

English Proficiency: Minimum required English proficiency test scores are as follows:

TOEFL score of 80 iBT (550 pBT) or better or a minimum IELTS band score of 6.5 or better. For more information go to the International Graduate Admissions page.

Have your official IELTS or TOEFL test scores sent to:
University of Utah
Office of Admissions
201 South 1460 East Room 250 S
Salt Lake City, UT 84112

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.

Program Information:

-Intended graduate program and degree: Met Plan/Policy & Design PHD
-Emphasis area: Not applicable
-Application Term and Year: Indicate which semester you are interested in applying

Educational History:

-Test Scores: Please list GRE scores and percentiles for each section of the exam-quantitative, verbal, and analytical writing. No other test scores are required.

Academic Background and Interest:

-Statement of Purpose: Required, as outlined above.
-CV/Resume: Required. Please upload a current CV or resume
-Writing sample-essay-publication: Required, as outlined above.
-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

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