Urban and Environmental Planning, MUEP

Application Instructions

Complete the official Graduate Admissions application online. As part of that process, you must also submit:

  • Personal statement
  • Resume or CV
  • Official transcripts from all degree-awarding institutions. ASU accepts both electronic and physical transcripts.  Electronic transcripts are only accepted from E-Scrip, Parchment, and National Student Clearinghouse. Hard copy transcripts should be sent to Graduate Admissions.
  • English Proficiency for non-native English speakers (Submit TOEFL to university code 4007; department code 99)
  • Letters of recommendation (3). The application will prompt you to provide email addresses for three letters of recommendation. The recommenders should be from academic professionals or professional colleagues capable of evaluating your abilities, accomplishments, and professional potential. ASU will contact your recommenders at the email address provided.

All application materials must be received on or before January 15 to be considered for funding. Incomplete applications are not guaranteed to be reviewed. Please allow sufficient time for submission and processing of relevant test scores, transcripts, and letters of recommendation.

Applications received after January 15 will be considered on a rolling basis until the program is full or the start of the Fall semester.

Personal statement must address the following:

  • Your interest in planning
  • Your academic and professional background and, if appropriate, preparation for the selected area of specialty (this may include written samples or a portfolio but they are not required)
  • Your educational objectives
  • How a master’s degree in urban and environmental planning from the School of Geographical Sciences and Urban Planning will help you achieve your career goals

Personal statement should be no longer than two pages.

A generic statement, often sent to multiple universities, does not substitute for responses to these questions that address your reasons for applying to the ASU master’s program in urban and environmental planning.

The GRE is not required for admission into the MUEP program. However, prospective students may submit GRE scores if they feel it will strengthen their application. Examples of situations in which applicants may choose to submit GRE scores include:

  • Returning students (more than 5 years after completing undergraduate degree)
  • Cumulative GPA is between 2.5 and 3.0
  • Bachelor’s degree in unrelated field

Note about funding:

You may be eligible for a fellowship from ASU Graduate College.

Need-based: If you are a US citizen, please consider submitting a FAFSA to be eligible for the need-based Graduate College Fellowship.

Merit-based: If you are an underrepresented student (visit link for definition), consider incorporating this information into your personal statement in order to be considered for nomination for the Interdisciplinary Enrichment Fellowship.

The SGSUP admissions committee will forward nominations to ASU Graduate College, who will make the ultimate decision. Awardees will be notified via email.