URP Graduate Admissions

Admission to Iowa's Master of Urban and Regional Planning (M.S.) requires an undergraduate degree in any major and fulfillment of the minimum requirements of the Graduate College. Prospective students should submit complete materials to Graduate Admissions.

Application deadlines

Fall admission

  • Funding is considered on a rolling basis, as funds are available.
  • Completed applications received by January 15th have the best chance at receiving funding.
  • Applications are accepted until:
        July 15th for domestic students
        April 15th for international students

Spring admission

  • International students are strongly encouraged to apply for fall admission due to more funding available at that time compared to spring admission.
  • Funding is considered on a rolling basis, as funds are available.
  • Applications are accepted until:
        December 1st for domestic students
        October 1st for international students

Apply online and upload all supporting materials:

  • Three letters of recommendation
  • A statement of purpose
  • Resume or CV
  • Unofficial academic records/transcripts
  • GRE scores are not required
  • International students without a U.S. degree or whose first language is not English must submit official Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) or IELTS scores before admission and funding decisions can be made.

International students, in July 2018 our school received STEM-related designation under the U.S. Department of Education’s Classification of Instructional Programs (CIP) coding. This change benefits international students who wish to work in the U.S. beyond graduation. Previously, international F-1 students were allowed a one year optional practical training (OPT) post-graduation. Students who have graduated from a STEM-related field have the option to extend the OPT to an additional 24 months, allowing them to work in the U.S. for three years.

The CIP code helps the federal government track enrollment trends in academic areas within colleges and universities across the country. The former CIP code for those with degrees from our school was 04.0301-- City/Urban, Community and Regional Planning and the change now makes our associated code 30.3301-- Sustainability Studies. This applies to current and future students studying urban planning at Iowa and cannot be applied retroactively to previous graduates. Information about the 24 month OPT extension can be found through the UI Office of International Students and Scholars Services.


Answers to frequently asked questions about admission can be found on our admissions FAQ page. If you have additional questions, please contact:

Abbi Castle, Admissions Coordinator

School of Planning and Public Affairs
The University of Iowa
347 Jessup Hall
Iowa City, IA 52242-1316
Telephone: 319-335-0032