Urban Studies & Planning

Applying to the Master of Urban Planning Program

For admission to this program, an applicant must:

  1. Hold a baccalaureate (bachelor’s) degree from an officially accredited university or college. Applicants from a wide variety of academic backgrounds will be accepted, but those with bachelor’s degrees in the social sciences, engineering, design and architecture are often best prepared for graduate study in planning.
  2. Have an overall GPA of 3.0 or greater for courses taken in the bachelor’s degree. Postgraduate coursework is included in the calculation only if it is standard academic offerings at the upper level (third year/junior level or above).
  • Nonstandard credit offerings (professional training, CEU courses, nondegree or other professional credit) are not included in the calculation. Students may also qualify for admission if their GPA in the last 60 semester credit hours of the bachelor’s degree exceeds 3.25. Students with an overall GPA of less than 3.0 may be considered for admission to the program if they have a GPA of over 2.5 and pass one section of the GRE exam (verbal, quantitative, or analytical) with a score at the 50th percentile or higher.
  • Applicants who do not meet the GPA or GRE requirements specified above may be considered for admission if they can demonstrate other personal or professional experience that provides strong evidence of a commitment to planning (e.g., planning employment, service on a planning commission, etc.)
  1. Be in good academic standing at the last college or university attended. See the CSUN Admission to the University for Graduate Programs Policies and Procedures page for more information.

The application period for Fall 2020 admission will open on October 1, 2019.
Priority Deadline: Friday, March 6, 2020
Final Deadline: Friday, May 29, 2020

For more information, contact our graduate advisor, Dr. Zeynep Toker at zeynep.toker@csun.edu. You may also call her office at (818) 677-2872.

Interested applicants should:


Submit a formal application to the program at CSUN through Cal State Apply.

IMPORTANT: Once your Cal State Apply application is complete, you will be sent an email with instructions on how to set up your CSUN Portal and email accounts.
All correspondence from the Urban Studies and Planning Department will be sent to your CSUN email account. For help setting up your accounts, please call CSUN IT at 818-677-1400.


Submit official transcripts: Electronic submission of OFFICIAL transcripts is preferred.


You may submit OFFICIAL transcripts in unopened, sealed envelopes sent directly from each educational institution attended to CSUN Admissions and Records:

CSUN - Admissions and Records
18111 Nordhoff Street
Northridge, CA 91330-8207


Submit supporting documents to the Department of Urban Studies and Planning via email to  mup@csun.edu or via hardcopy to the Department of Urban Studies offices:

CSUN - MUP Admissions Department of Urban Studies and Planning
18111 Nordhoff Street,
Northridge, CA 91330-8259

All documents must be received on or before the deadline:

  1. A current resume
  2. A Statement of Purpose, between 500 and 1,000 words, explaining the reasons why the candidate is seeking the Master of Urban Planning degree and how it will contribute to his or her personal and/or professional growth and success
  3. Unofficial transcripts (UNOFFICIAL transcripts should be sent to the Department of Urban Studies and Planning directly.)
  4. Two letters of recommendation, preferably one from a professional reference and the other from an academic reference. These letters must be submitted by the recommending parties directly to the department mailing address above or to mup@csun.edu by the deadline

For international applicants:

International applicants must complete additional requirements, such as English language tests and other statements, in order to be reviewed for admission. Please contact an international admissions advisor for more details.

International Admissions Advisors

International Admissions Criteria