Masters of Urban and Regional Planning (MURP) Admissions


If you have any questions regarding the admissions process, contact or by phone at (503) 725-4016.

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 2019

The Toulan School is currently accepting applications for MURP Fall 2019 admission. Our priority application deadline, when we will start reviewing applications, is January 15, 2019 (11:59pm PT). 

Those applications submitted and date stamped by 11:59 pm on January 15, 2019 must have all supporting materials, such as letters of recommendation, test scores, and transcripts, in their file no later than January 22, 2019 (11:59 pm PT).  Files with missing materials by this date will be considered incomplete and will not be reviewed in the priority round of evaluations.

Priority Applications

Application Submitted by: January 15 at 11:59 pm PST
Application Complete by:  January 22 at 11:59 pm PST
Decision to Applicant by:  March14

The final application deadline is June 1, 2019 (11:59pm PT). The priority application deadline was January 15, 2019. Applicants applying after the priority deadline will be considered on a space-available
basis beginning in April, and processing will follow the schedule below.

Application submitted by March 15 April 15 June 1
Reviewed by committee 1st week of April 1st week of May 2nd week of June
Decision to Applicant by April 8 May 6 June 14

All supplemental materials, including reference letters and transcripts, must be received within one
week after the application submission cutoff in order to be considered for that round of review.

International Admissions

It takes longer to evaluate and process international materials. For this reason, we strongly recommend that you submit your materials to us by December 3rd, 2018. 

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 (front and back) from each post-secondary education institution you've attended must be included in your application. Please note that even if credits from one institution are listed on another school's transcript, we still require a separate transcript from every institution attended (including study abroad). If admitted, you will then be required to submit a sealed official transcript to the Office of Graduate Studies before you can register for your first term at PSU.  Official transcripts should reach us by the beginning of May.  Registration for fall quarter typically opens towards the end of May. 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 chosen have supervised you in some capacity. Recommendations are submitted electronically through the online application system. An e-mail request automatically will be sent to your letter writer once you have entered their details. 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.
  • TOEFL/IELTS Score (international applicants only): a TOEFL score of 550 or better, taken within the past two years. All graduate applicants must demonstrate English language proficiency in one of the ways outlined on the English Language Proficency page prior to enrolling in academic classes. 

International Applicants

Portland State University English Language Requirements
Paper-based Computer-based Internet-based -
550 213 Minimum overall score of 80; Minimum subscore of 18 in reading & writing Minimum overall score of 6.5; Minimum subscore of 6.5 in reading & writing

Funding Information

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.