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College of Architecture and Planning University of Colorado Denver

College of Architecture & Planning


College of Architecture + Planning

IMPORTANT: The MURP program is part of WICHE-WRGP, which allows residents of any of the 15 member states  to pay only Colorado resident tuition. Read here for more information. Students who are residents of non-WICHE states may qualify for resident tuition after one year of Colorado residency.  

The University of Colorado Denver Master of Urban and Regional Planning Program seeks applicants who have demonstrated academic excellence.  It is just as important to us, however, to have applicants who are passionate about urban and regional planning, bring a unique perspective, and who will enrich the program through their active engagement.

Application Deadline

January 15 for Fall admission. We do not accept applications for Spring admission.

Most applicants will receive an admission decision 4-6 weeks after the application deadline.

Our Preferred Applicants:
  • have at least a 3.00 undergraduate grade point average

  • have a demonstrated passion for urban and regional planning (although any prior field of undergraduate study is acceptable)

  • are drawn to at least one of our three Initiatives

  • are excited about what our program has to offer

  • are enthusiastic about going to graduate school in downtown Denver and experiencing Colorado and the Rocky Mountain West

  • contribute to the diversity of our student body by having backgrounds and experiences that give the applicant a unique perspective on urban and regional planning

Required Elements of the MURP Program Application:
  • Online application

  • Application fee ($50 for domestic applicants, $75 for international applicants)

  • A 2-3 page (double-spaced) statement of interest in which you discuss the following

                     -    your interest in the MURP Program

                     -    the planning topics or areas of interest about which you are particularly passionate

                     -    your special strengths and the aspects of your values/personal beliefs, background,
                          and/or experiences that you believe will enable you to make a unique contribution to
                          the MURP Program

                     -   ​how the MURP Program will further your career plans and the contributions                                          you hope to make after graduation

  • A resume that documents your educational and professional background

  • A sample of your academic writing, approximately 3-5 pages (double-spaced) long. The paper should demonstrate your writing skills as well as your ability for critical analysis. (A professional project you individually completed may be submitted instead of an academic paper. However, like the paper, this project should demonstrate your abilities in intellectual writing and analytic thought). Include a note explaining why you selected the particular paper or project for submission. 

  • Three letters of recommendation. At least one of these should be from an academic reference. Please note that a link will not be sent to your recommenders until you finish your online application and submit your payment. 

  • One official copy of your transcript from each institution you have attended EXCEPT study abroad institutions. 

  • Graduate Record Exam (GRE) scores are not required for the Urban and Regional Planning program unless your GPA is below 3.0, in which case you must submit GRE scores.

  • If you are a resident of any of the 15 western states in the WICHE-WRGP region, please attach the WRGP contract.pdfWRGP contract.pdf and a copy of your driver's license to the application under "supplemental documents" to be considered for resident tuition via WICHE-WRGP (if applicable). 

  • International applicants must submit proof of English language proficiency. You can view required scores on the Office of International Admissions' website

Most application materials may be uploaded to the online application. Transcripts must be mailed. Please mail transcripts to:
University of Colorado Denver
College of Architecture and Planning
PO Box 173364
Campus Box 126
Denver CO 80217-3364

Applications to the MURP program are submitted through the College of Architecture and Planning. You can read general instructions for the online application here.  If you have specific questions about the application process, please email the CAP Admissions Office.  
Information about current tuition rates and fees is available here.  The MURP program is part of WICHE-WRGP, which allows residents of any of the 15 member states  to pay only Colorado resident tuition. Read here for more information. Students who are residents of non-WICHE states may qualify for resident tuition after one year of Colorado residency.  

Review the list of scholarships that are available from the University, College of Architecture and Planning, and MURP program. 


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