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Masters of Urban and Regional Planning (MURP) Admissions

Questions?

If you have any questions regarding the admissions process, contact bmangan@pdx.edu or by phone at (503) 725-4068.

If you are interested in learning more about the MURP program, please contact Tracy Braden, the Student Services Coordinator,  at tbraden@pdx.edu.

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More information about the MURP program and courses

FAQ for prospective applicants

Apply for Graduate Study in Urban and Regional Planning (MURP) at Portland State University. Application to the MURP program will open October 15th.

The deadline for applications to the MURP program is January 15th. Applications received after the January 15th postmark will not be considered for admission. Applications will not be considered unless they are complete. Due to the high volume of applications each year, there will be No exceptions. 

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

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).

Please Note: We will be moving to CollegeNet for application processes, ETA to be determined. while we diligently work on getting this in place, please apply using hardcopy application materials as detailed below. 

Application Process

Please note that Portland State University requires 2 separate application processes as detailed below. You will need to submit 2 applications: 1 to PSU and 1 to the Toulan School of Urban Studies and Planning.

PSU Admissions: Process 1 Requirements

 

TSUSP Departmental Admissions: Process 2 Requirements 

  •  Portland State University's Application for Graduate Admission (may also be submitted online here)
  • A $50 non-refundable application fee (may be paid online with application submission or mailed to University Admissions Office; do not send cash);
  • One official transcript, in a sealed envelope, from each post-secondary education institution you've attended;
  • International applicants must also submit the following:
  • A TOEFL score of 550 or better (taken within two years) if native language is not English.
  • Affidavit of Support;
  • Declaration of Finances;
  •  Please visit International Student Admissions at PSU for application deadlines, forms and further instructions about applying to the University.

 

 

  • Apply: Department Application for Admissions
  • Transcript(s): from each post-secondary education institution you've attended (this includes any study abroad)
  • Statement of Purpose: This is an important part of the evaluation process and should include a detailed discussion of the following in no more than 1000 words:

· Basis of interest in graduate work in urban and regional planning, including career objectives;

·  Special interest and field of specialization to be emphasized during your studies; and

·  Academic, professional or other background and experience that is relevant to the program.

  • 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.
  • Resume/CV: A current resume or CV listing work and educational background.
  • Optional GRE Scores: Recommended: GRE scores can be reported on the application. When submitting optional GRE scores to be sent to TSUSP, use codes: 4610 PSU, 4402 MURP. Please note that you should make arrangements to take the GRE well in advance of the application deadline. You may ask to have the scores sent directly to us.
  • International applicants: TOEFL/IELTS Score: a TOEFL score of 550 or better, taken within the past two years.*

Sending transcripts by USPS, use
mailing address:

 Office of Admissions
Portland State University
PO Box 751-ADM
Portland, OR 97207-0751

 

 

Sending application materials by USPS. Use mailing address: 

Nohad A. Toulan School of Urban Studies & Planning

ATTN: Bryony Mangan
Portland State University
P.O. Box 751-USP
Portland, OR 97207-0751

 

Sending by UPS or FedEx, please use physical address:

Office of Admissions
105 Neuberger Hall
724 SW Harrison St.
Portland, OR 97201

 

 

Sending application materials by UPS or FedEx, please use physical address:

College of Urban and Public Affairs
Nohad A. Toulan School of Urban Studies & Planning
ATTN: Bryony Mangan
506 SW Mill Street, Suite 350
Portland, OR 97201

 

International Applicants

*Portland State University ENGLISH LANGUAGE REQUIREMENTS 

TOEFL 

IELTS 

Paper-based  

Computer-based

Internet-based

 

550*

213*

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. For that reason, we do not allow applicants to defer their admission. If you are admitted and really feel as though you cannot attend in the term of admittance, we encourage you to reapply at another time.

Graduate Assistantships

MURP students may submit an application for graduate assistantships as either a new or continuing student. The application may be printed and mailed, or emailed to: murpadm@pdx.edu

 

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