How to Apply

General requirements and instructions for applying are available from the FAU Graduate College. The Department of Urban and Regional Planning is within the Charles E. Schmidt College of Science.

You can begin your application now and save your progress as you go in the GradCas online application system.

What You Will Need to Apply


Transcripts from all previous college-level coursework. For domestic students, these can be submitted electronically. For international student, paper-copy, English transcripts must be mailed directly to the Graduate College. Learn more.

Personal Statement

A Personal Statement that explains how the Master of Urban and Regional Planning degree fits into your overall career plans and long-term goals. You can also explain here why the program at FAU suits your needs, or how your life history led you to an urban planning career.

Letters of Recommendation

Letters of Recommendation are strongly encouraged. At least one letter of recommendation should be from a college-level instructor. Letters of recommendation from employers or supervisors are also appropriate. Please email your letters of recommendation directly to the Program Coordinator at

GRE Scores

GREs are recommended. However, there is a temporary waiver on GREs, so they are not required at this time. Please check the Graduate College website for latest information on GRE requirements.


TOEFL or similar test scores of English fluency are required for foreign students.

Most application materials are submitted through GradCas. International students should mail English-translated paper copies of all transcripts to the FAU Graduate College. Learn more.

Application Deadlines

Applications and all supporting materials and test scores must be received by the dates below for consideration. Late applications will automatically be processed for the next term.

Students Fall Spring Summer
Domestic July 1 November 1 April 1
International February 15 August 15 January 15


Graduate Tuition

Cost of attendance information is available from the FAU Financial Aid department. Plan for 24 credit hours per year for full-time enrolment and 12 credit hours per year for part-time enrollment.

For any questions regarding the Master of Urban and Regional Planning degree program, please contact Dr. Louis Merlin (Program Coordinator) at