Apply for a Master of Community and Regional Planning

Application Available: Generally fall term, the preceding year.

Application Deadline: February 1 for merit-based financial awards. Due to COVID-19, we are considering additional applications on a rolling basis. Students typically begin the program fall term, but under certain exceptional circumstances, may start mid-year.

Application Decision: The admissions committee meets after February 1 to evaluate completed applications. Applicants will be notified by mail of their admission status. Later applicants will be reviewed on a rolling basis.

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 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 Master of Community and Regional Planning 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.

Application Process for the Master of Community and Regional Planning

The online application system is open to receive prospective student applications for entry next fall, with a priority acceptance deadline of February 1. 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. The University of Oregon Division of Graduate Studies 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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  1. UO application requirements
  2. Additional required materials:
  • English Language Proficiency: All applicants for whom English is not a native/primary language must satisfy one of the following English Language Proficiency criteria in order to be eligible for admission
    • International students must meet additional requirements before being admitted to the University of Oregon. Please visit the Division of Graduate Studies page for international applicants for complete details.
  • Transcripts:
    • At the time of application, applicants must submit unofficial transcripts from all colleges or universities previously attended, including the University of Oregon. Unofficial transcripts are uploaded as part of the online application.
    • Applicants who accept their offer of admission and matriculate must submit official transcripts from all colleges or universities from which they received a bachelor’s degree or higher. Detailed information about submitting official transcripts is available here. 
  • A comprehensive employment and education resume, uploaded into the Online Graduate Application.
  • Please answer the following questions:
    • Why are you interested in studying community and regional planning?
    • Why are you interested in pursuing this graduate degree at the University of Oregon?
    • What are your professional goals with this degree?
    • What do you hope to accomplish with this degree?
    • What professional and personal experiences and values will you bring to this program and the profession?
    • OPTIONAL: share any personal challenges, barriers, or hardships you faced, how you overcame them, and how they have shaped your academic experience and professional goals. This could be an opportunity for you to explain something on your transcript that may raise concerns to the admissions committee.
  • 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.
  • (Optional) Scores on the general test of the Graduate Record Examination (GRE) should be sent from the testing center. 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."