The following materials are required of all applicants to the MUP program. Incomplete applications will not be forwarded to the Admissions Committee for review.

Required Items Explanation and description
Online application When you are ready, you may APPLY ONLINE. Please be prepared to upload the following documents: unofficial transcript, resume, personal statement and writing sample. You will also include the names and email addresses for your references.  
Application Fee

Domestic application             $65.00

International application       $85.00

Non-degree application        $30.00

Application Deadline Applications are considered on a rolling basis. The final application deadlines are July 1 for Fall and December 1 for Spring. International applicants must apply by June 1 for Fall and November 1 for Spring admission.
Bachelor's Degree Applicants must have completed a bachelor’s degree from an accredited institution. A GPA of 3.0 (on a 4.0 scale) is required for admission. However, applicants with a GPA below 3.0 can be considered for provisional admission if academic deficiencies are addressed in the personal statement.
Official Transcript

Transcripts must be sent from applicant's undergraduate institution and any post-graduate institutions attended directly to the Office of Graduate Admissions at or Graduate Admissions, University of Kansas, KU Visitor Center, 1502 Iowa St., Lawrence, KS 66045.

Applicants with an undergraduate degree or post-graduate credit from KU do not need to submit transcripts. These records will be verified by the KU Registrar’s Office directly to Graduate Admissions.

For degrees earned from institutions outside the U.S., additional documents may be required to fulfill both the application and the enrollment requirements Please see this website ( for complete information.

Three Letters of Recommendation

Recommendation letters should be from persons who can address the applicant’s ability to do graduate work and the admissions criteria. At least one recommendation should be an academic reference.

PLEASE NOTE: Applicants will submit names and email addresses of references as part of their online application. References will then receive an email with instructions for submitting their letters of recommendation electronically.
Current Resume A copy of your current resume and employment history.
Personal Statement Describe your career goals, substantive interests in the field of urban planning, and rationale for pursuing graduate study in urban planning at the University of Kansas.

International students should also submit the following:

Required Items Explanation and description
English Proficiency Requirements International applicants should submit TOEFL or IELTS scores indicating minimum English proficiency scores. The only exception is if the applicant can verify graduation with a baccalaureate degree (or higher) earned in residence from an accredited U.S. institution of higher education, or from such an institution whose medium of instruction is English. This does not apply to degrees earned online.
Financial Statement

The University requires the student to have adequate financial resources to cover the cost of studies for the application to be considered.












If you have questions regarding the application process please contact:

Anya Waters
Urban Planning Program
School of Public Affairs & Administration
The University of Kansas
Snow Hall, Room 203
1465 Jayhawk Blvd.
Lawrence, KS 66045





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