The University of Colorado Denver MURP 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, and who will be engaged students who enrich the program through their unique perspectives.
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 having the chance to experience 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:
- 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
- how the MURP Program will further your career plans and the contributions you hope to make
after you complete the program
- A resume that documents your educational and professional background
- A list of courses you have taken and experiences you have had that relate to urban and regional planning
- 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.
- Two official copies of your transcript from each institution you have attended
- Graduate Record Exam (GRE) scores are not required for the Urban and Regional Planning program unless your GPA is below 3.00, in which case you must submit GRE scores.