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Baccalaureate Preparation

A good undergraduate education in almost any discipline is acceptable preparation. Undergraduate preparation in the social sciences, engineering, business, or architecture is closely related to the direction and content of the M.U.P. program at KU.


Persons whose previous records indicate ability to succeed with advanced work may be admitted to graduate studies through the Department of Urban Planning. Ordinarily, admission requires a bachelor’s degree and a grade-point average of approximately B from KU or another institution with substantially equivalent requirements for the bachelor’s degree. The student’s academic background is reviewed before an applicant without a bachelor’s degree is admitted as a degree-seeking student at KU. Admission decisions are based on the information supplied in the application materials.

A complete application consists of the following:

  • A completed graduate application submitted online (see Admission in the Graduate Studies section of the online catalog);
  • A statement of the applicant’s career goals and substantive interests in urban planning and rationale for undertaking graduate study in urban planning at KU;
  • 1 copy of official transcripts from all colleges or universities attended;
  • 3 reference forms or letters of recommendation from persons qualified to comment on the applicant’s academic abilities and probable success in graduate study;
  • Scores from the Graduate Record Examination;
  • Test of English as a Foreign Language scores, if the student’s native language is not English; and
  • Application fee submitted with online application.

Application deadlines are July 1 for fall and December 1 for spring admission. Candidates are urged to submit applications as early as possible. It may take several weeks to obtain all the materials required for an application file. International applicants must apply by June 1 for fall and November 1 for spring admission.

Applications for financial aid generally are considered early in the spring. In some cases, there is a February 1 application deadline. Students seeking scholarship funding must submit their scores from the Graduate Record Examination.

Submit your graduate application and application fee online. Send all other requested application materials to the department:

The University of Kansas
Department of Urban Planning
Marvin Hall
1465 Jayhawk Blvd., Room 317
Lawrence, KS 66045-7626

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