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Masters of Urban and Regional Planning (MURP) Admissions


If you have any questions regarding the admissions process, contact or by phone at (503) 725-4045.

If you are interested in learning more about the MURP program, please contact Tracy Braden, the Academic Advisor/Instructor for CUPA, at

Mailing Address

Nohad A. Toulan School of Urban Studies and Planning
Portland State University
P.O. Box 751-USP
Portland, OR 97207-0751


Planetizen Top Ranked Planning School


Applying to the MURP Program for Fall 2016 

The deadline for applications to the MURP program for a Fall 2016 start is January 15th

International applicants, it is strongly recommended that you have your materials to us by December 1st



More information about the MURP program and courses

FAQ for prospective applicants


Applicants to the masters or doctoral programs must possess a baccalaureate degree from an accredited institution with a cumulative GPA of 3.0 in all undergraduate courses or must have a cumulative GPA of at least 3.0 in all graduate credits earned at accredited institutions. If admitted, you may be able to transfer a maximum of 24 of the 72 credits (quarter system).

Application Requirements

  • Transcript(s): A scanned copy of your official transcript from each post-secondary education institution you've attended (this includes any study abroad), must be included in your application. If admitted, you will then be required to submit a sealed official transcript to the Office of Graduate Studies by the sixth week of your first term at PSU. Please visit the Office of Graduate Studies for complete instructions on submitting transcripts.
  • Statement of Purpose: This is an important part of the evaluation process and should be no more than 1000 words. Visit our FAQ page for more detailed instructions.
  • 3 Letters of Recommendation: Recommendations should be from individuals familiar with your academic or professional background. It is recommended that the individuals chose have supervised you in some capacity. Recommendations are submitted electronically through the online application system. Visit our FAQ page for more information on recommendation letters.
  • Resume/CV: A current resume or CV listing work and educational background.
  • Optional GRE Scores (Recommended): GRE scores, taken within 5 years, can be reported on the application. Optional GRE scores should be sent to PSU using code 4610. You will also have an option to upload a copy of your GRE score into the online application system. Please note that you should make arrangements to take the GRE well in advance of the application deadline.
  • International applicants: TOEFL/IELTS Score: a TOEFL score of 550 or better, taken within the past two years.*

International Applicants










minimum overall score of 80*: minimum subscore of 18* in reading & writing

6.5* overall;

minimum 6.5* on reading & writing


Deferral Policy

Through the admissions process, the Toulan School of Urban Studies and Planning aims to create a MURP cohort that will work effectively and in a balanced manner with one another. In general, we do not allow applicants to defer their admission except for unforeseen circumstances such as personal and family health emergencies. Because of the timing of MURP core courses, admitted applicants requesting a deferral are encouraged to defer until the following fall term. International applicants who are unable to attend and do not enroll in a graduate program elsewhere are eligible to defer their admission for one year.

Funding Information:

Graduate Assistantships

Graduate research assistantships are awarded annually to several qualified students. These assistantships cover tuition and pay a monthly stipend. 

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