Master’s in Urban Planning Application Requirements

All USC Price candidates must have a bachelor's degree from an accredited college or university to apply. 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, you should also be sure to highlight that experience in your application.

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.

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

Transcripts

Sealed official transcripts from all postsecondary institutions you have attended, including any community college coursework, must be sent to appsvcs@uscpriceonline.usc.edu or:

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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 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.

If you have questions about applying to USC Price’s online Executive Master of Urban Planning program, contact an admissions counselor at Phone Number: 1-855-637-1999 or admissions@uscpriceonline.usc.edu.

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

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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

Reputation:
Price ranked #2 for urban policy¹

Program Length: 16 months

Tuition: $1,928 per credit hour2

In-person Intensives: 2

Format: Live online classes

Admissions:
5-7 years of work experience recommended

Test Scores:
GRE/GMAT scores not required