Apply for a Master of Community and Regional Planning

  • Application Available: Generally fall term, the preceding year
  • Application Deadline: Priority acceptance February 1, the preceding year
  • Application Decision: The admissions committee meets soon after the February 1 application deadline to evaluate application materials. Applicants will be notified by mail of their admission status. Students typically begin the program fall term, but under certain exceptional circumstances, may start mid-year.

Application to the Master of Community and Regional Planning (MCRP) program at the University of Oregon is very competitive. Great importance is placed on the student's preference for and ability to undertake self-directed educational activity. The admissions committee emphasizes candidates who present clear and specific statements of the reasons for choosing to pursue their graduate work in planning at the University of Oregon. The committee also values applicants with some work experience, particularly if it is related to planning.

The application process for the MCRP program is an online process. You will need to create electronic copies (in PDF format) of your unofficial transcripts, your statement, and your résumé for uploading. We encourage you to begin the online application process. You may return to it later and complete the process as you gather the necessary application materials. Please contact Bob Choquette, graduate coordinator, if you encounter any difficulties with the online system.

Currently enrolled graduate students interested in concurrent degree program, please contact Bob Choquette for application procedures to the MCRP program.

We encourage prospective students to visit us. Learn more about the program and meet current faculty and students by attending a scheduled Graduate Info Session or arranging an individual visit.

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Application Process

The online application system is open to receive prospective student applications for fall 2018 entry, with a priority acceptance deadline of February 1, 2018. Direct your questions about admission to Bob Choquette, graduate coordinator. In exceptional cases, mid-year entry and alternative admission dates are possible. The application is a multipart process that must be completed before the application committee will review it.

  1. University of Oregon Graduate School application: Includes official transcripts and information on your personal and educational background, as well as English language competency for non-native English speakers. Note: If you are applying to more than one program at the University of Oregon, you must complete one Graduate Application for each program. Be sure to use the checkbox on the application form to avoid paying a second application fee.
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  2. UO application requirements
     
  3. Additional required matierals:
     
    • If you are an international student, you must send a TOEFL score report to:
      The University of Oregon
      Institutional Code: 4846
      Department Code: 4401
      International students must meet additional requirements before being admitted to the University of Oregon. Please visit the Graduate School's page for international applicants for complete details.
       
    • English language proficiency requirements for PPPM:
      • IBT TOEFL Minimum = 88
      • PBT TOEFL Minimum = 575
      • IELTS Minimum = 7.0. ETS
      • A bachelor’s degree from a regionally accredited institution in the United States or from Australia, Canada (excluding Quebec), Ireland, New Zealand, or the United Kingdom will also satisfy English proficiency requirements.
         
    • You must include unofficial transcripts from all prior undergraduate and graduate institutions in your online application.
       
    • You must have official transcripts from all colleges or universities where you received a bachelor’s degree and all subsequent degrees. Send them to:
      Office of Admissions
      1217 University of Oregon
      Eugene, OR 97403-1217

      Transcript Notes:
      • Transcripts must show degree awarded.

      • If you attended a school, but didn’t complete a degree, you do not need to send that transcript to the Office of Admissions.

      • If you have not yet finished your degree at the time of application, you do not need to send your in-progress transcripts to the Office of Admissions. If you are admitted, you will need to arrange to have your final degree transcript sent after your degree is conferred.

      • If you attended or are currently attending the University of Oregon, you do not need to send your UO transcript to the Admissions Office.

    • A comprehensive employment and education resume, uploaded into the Online Graduate Application.

    • A personal statement, 1-2 pages, single spaced, PDF format, describing your motivation and preparation for furthering (or entering) a career in the nonprofit sector, and providing a hypothetical blueprint for the next 5–10 years of your career, uploaded into the Online Graduate Application.

    • Three letters of recommendation from references who can evaluate your academic potential (provide email addresses for your references within the Online Graduate Application), with one or more of the letters by a faculty member.

    • Scores on the general test of the Graduate Record Examination (GRE) can be sent from the testing center. They are encouraged, but not required for admission. The University's institution code is "4846 UO," and use program code "4402 Community and Regional Planning." GMAT scores are also accepted; use code "KSQ." We accept the GMAT score instead of GRE; select "University of Oregon College of Business." Please have a copy of all scores sent to PPPM.