Applying to USC Price

USC Price seeks applicants who are motivated to improve the quality of life for people and their communities, here and abroad. The program will benefit those whose work involves or will involve successfully navigating between public- and private-sector goals — and the curriculum is designed to accommodate those with and without a prior educational background in planning.

The online Executive Master of Urban Planning program has three start dates every year. The first cohort launches in January 2019. With each cohort, Price offers an Early Decision Deadline, which allows you to waive the $90 application fee and receive an early admissions decision to enable you to start planning for your future sooner.

Application Deadlines

Application Deadlines
Classes Start Early Decision
Early Application
Final Application

May 2019



March 4, 2019

August 2019

April 29, 2019

May 31, 2019

June 24, 2019

Application Requirements

  • Online application: This includes a non-refundable application fee of $90. Access your application here.
  • Resume: Your resume should include a summary of your academic background, your professional work history and any other relevant work or volunteer experience you’d like to highlight.
  • Transcripts: A bachelor's degree from a regionally accredited college or university is required to apply. Sealed official transcripts from all post-secondary institutions you have attended, including any community college coursework and transfer credits, must be sent to  or:

Application Processing Services
USC Price Online
Suite 501
7900 Harkins Road
Lanham, MD 20706. 

We recommend that you request transcripts when beginning the application, as the turnaround time can vary from school to school.

  • Statement of purpose: There are several statement of purpose prompts. You will be asked to describe your path to USC Price, including what has prepared you to succeed in the program and why you’ve chosen it.
  • Letters of recommendation (two): You must submit two references. These should come from:
    • A professor, faculty member and/or academic advisor who can provide meaningful input regarding your academic record; and
    • A professional in your field who can provide meaningful input regarding previous work experience. 

One from each of these types of recommenders is preferred, but two from the same type is accepted.

Because we prefer — though do not require — that applicants have work experience that relates to urban planning, real estate development or the intersection of those fields, be sure to highlight that experience in your application.

GRE or GMAT scores are not required.

If you have questions about applying to USC Price’s online Executive Master of Urban Planning program, contact an admissions counselor at 1-855-637-1999  or