Application Requirements

Executive Master of Urban Planning Application Requirements

All USC Price candidates must have a bachelor’s degree from an accredited college or university to apply. Because this is an executive degree, and we prefer applicants that have work experience related to urban planning, real estate development, or the intersection of those fields. You should be sure to highlight that work experience and how it motivates your desire to pursue this degree in your application. The USC Price Executive Master of Urban Planning online program is currently authorized to operate, exempt, or not subject to approval in these states.

To complete your application for the online Executive Master of Urban Planning, you must submit the following:

Online Application

You must submit an online application to apply to the Executive Master of Urban Planning program.


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. Five to seven years of relevant work experience are recommended, but not required, to apply.


Sealed official transcripts from all postsecondary institutions you have attended, including any community college coursework, must be sent to [email protected] or:

If sending your transcripts via regular mail, please use the following address:

University of Southern California
USC Office of Graduate Admission
3601 South Flower Street, Room 112
Los Angeles, CA 90089-0915

If sending your transcripts via courier service, such as DHL or FedEx, please use the following address:

University of Southern California
USC Office of Graduate Admission and Financial Aid
3601 South Flower Street, Tyler 112
Los Angeles, CA 90089-0915
Phone: (213) 740-1111

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

Please note: To be considered an official transcript, the transcript must be sent directly from your institution(s) or through an electronic transcript vendor retained by that institution. Transcripts submitted by enrolled or prospective students are considered unofficial documents, even if they are in a sealed envelope provided to you by the issuing university.

Statement of Purpose

There are several statement-of-purpose prompts. You will be asked to describe your path to USC Price, including what prepared you to succeed in the program and why you chose it.

Letters of Recommendation (two)

You must submit two references. These should come from:

A professor, faculty member and/or academic adviser who can provide meaningful input regarding your academic record
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.

Application Fee

There is a nonrefundable application fee of $90. Waivers are available for applicants who apply prior to the Early Decision Deadline of every cohort.

Test Scores

GRE or GMAT scores are not required.

International Students

Please refer to USC’s graduate admissions site for additional items required for international students to apply. On this page you will find a comprehensive checklist to complete your application if applying from outside the US.


If you have questions about applying to USC Price’s online Executive Master of Urban Planning program, contact an admissions counselor at Phone Number: 1-213-740-0550  or [email protected].

If you’d like to continue your application, do so now.

You may contact the Financial Aid Office to discuss appealing for a budget increase for the intensive term. For more information, please see the Financial Aid Office Special Circumstances and Appeals page.

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Curriculum Focus:
Urban planning and real estate development

Price ranked #2 for urban policy ¹

Program Length:
16 months

$2,035 per credit hour

In-person Intensives:

Live online classes

5-7 years of work experience recommended

Test Scores:
GRE/GMAT scores not required