Master of Urban and Regional Planning – How to Apply

If you are considering applying to FAU, we recommend reading through each of the steps, and the detailed explanation of each step before starting with the application process.

Applying for the Master of Urban and Regional Planning degree consists of 5 simple steps:

  1. Complete The Application

    You must submit your application through the Graduate College. The School of Urban & Regional Planning does not actually process your application or materials; it is only notified by the Graduate College once your application and materials are completely submitted and reviewed.

  2. Mail your transcripts, test results and application fee to the Graduate College

    Gather the following documents:

    Transcripts

    Request that one official transcript from the Registrar of each college or university you have attended (except FAU) be sent directly to you. When you receive the transcripts, do not open the envelopes, but include them unopened in your materials packet. If FAU was your last school attended and you were a degree-seeking student, it is likely that your transcripts are on record. You will be notified if they are not.

    For information on transcripts for international students, please contact the Graduate Admissions office at (561) 297-3624.

    Test Results*

    Each Applicant should have a grade point average (GPA) of 3.0 or higher in the last 60 hours of work attempted at the undergraduate level and a score of 150 or higher on BOTH the verbal reasoning and quantitative reasoning sections of theGraduate Record Exam (only GRE scores from within the last 5 years will be accepted). All applicants must submit their scores on the GRE, regardless of GPA.

    An international student is required to achieve a minimum score of 550 (CBT-213) on the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL).

    Application Fee

    The application fee of $30 must be in U.S. currency. Fees can be paid online by credit card, or by enclosing a check or money order in your materials packet. Checks or money orders should be made payable to Florida Atlantic University and must be drawn on a U.S. bank; U.S. postal money orders, international money orders or U.S. traveler’s checks are acceptable.

    Place all documents together in one envelope and mail to:

    Florida Atlantic University
    Graduate Admissions, SU 80, RM. 101
    777 Glades Road
    P.O. Box 3091
    Boca Raton, FL 33431-0991

    *You may submit your GRE and TOEFL scores electronically via the ETS score reporting system instead of mailing them.

    Staying in contact with the Graduate College Admissions Office will help them serve your needs throughout the application and enrollment process:

    graduatecollege@fau.edu
    Main telephone number: (561) 297-3624
    Fax number: (561) 297-1212

  3. Email your personal statement and letters of recommendation to SURP

    Personal Statement

    Applicants must type a personal statement (no more than 500 words) explaining why you want to enroll in the MURP program and what your future goals/plans are after obtaining a MURP degree.

    The document should be emailed as an attachment to MURP advisor Brandon Johnson at johnsonb@fau.edu. The subject line of the email should include the applicant’s name and the words “MURP Personal Statement” (e.g. John Smith MURP Personal Statement).

    Letters of Recommendation*

    While it is not required for general admission, submitting two letters of recommendation is encouraged, especially for applicants with borderline GPA and/or GRE scores.

    The letters should be emailed to MURP advisor Brandon Johnson at johnsonb@fau.edu. The email should come directly from the author of the letter of recommendation. The letters should be sent as an attachment and the subject line of the email should include the applicant’s name and the words “MURP Letter of Recommendation” (e.g. John Smith MURP Letter of Recommendation).

    *Letters of Recommendation may be submitted via mail instead of email. The letters must be sent in an envelope sealed by the author to:

    Brandon Johnson
    College for Design and Social Inquiry
    Florida Atlantic University
    777 Glades Road, SO 206
    Boca Raton, FL 33431

  4. Wait to be contacted

    Once you have fully completed the application and submitted all required materials, your application will be reviewed by the Graduate College. If you meet the minimum requirements, you will be referred to the School for consideration of admittance into the MURP program. After reviewing all of your application materials, the School will notify you, via email, of whether or not you have been admitted.


For any questions regarding the Master of Urban and Regional Planning degree program, please contact Dr. Steven Bourassa (Program Coordinator) at sbourassa@fau.edu.

For questions about advising, please contact the College Advising Center at 561-297-2316.