Master of Urban and Regional Planning Admissions

Are you passionate about helping plan and build vibrant, sustainable cities? Do you want to help protect the environment and prepare resilient, successful regions? Are you inspired to help people help themselves and promote equitable, healthy communities? The Master of Urban and Regional Planning at CU Denver explores these important topics and offers a hands-on, real-world-oriented experience that uses Colorado as our classroom and engages students with top planning/design professionals and the community.

Visit Us!

Each year, we host in-person and virtual information sessions to give you an opportunity to learn more about our programs, get a tour of our facilities and labs, and help you visualize yourself as a Master of Urban and Regional Planning student. Attend an info session, meet with our advisors and program faculty, and get to know current students. 

Application Information

Students eligible for admission to this program must have completed a Bachelor’s degree before they will be able to begin this program. An official conferred degree transcript is required by the university. For additional information, please see Graduate School Policies and Procedures.

Students considering applying to the program should:
  • Have at least a 3.00 undergraduate grade point average
  • Have a demonstrated passion for urban and regional planning (although any prior field of undergraduate study is acceptable)
  • Be drawn to at least one of our three Pillars—Healthy Communities, Equitable Urbanism, and Regional Sustainability
  • Be excited about what our program has to offer
  • Be enthusiastic about going to graduate school in downtown Denver and experiencing Colorado and the Rocky Mountain West
  • Contribute to the diversity of our student body by having backgrounds and experiences that give the applicant a unique perspective on urban and regional planning


Application Deadlines

Spring 2024

Domestic Applicant Deadline extended to November 1, 2023. 

*Please note, due to course sequencing beginning with the fall semester, admitted students for spring will not complete the program earlier but will have a lighter course load in subsequent semesters.

Fall 2024

Applications Open September 1

International Applicant Deadline: December 15, 2023

Domestic Applicant Deadline: January 15, 2024

Application Requirements

  • Online application
  • Application fee ($50 for domestic applicants, $75 for international applicants)
  • A 2-3 page (double-spaced) statement of purpose in which you discuss the following:
    • Your interest in the Master of Urban and Regional Planning Program
    • The planning topics or areas of interest about which you are particularly passionate
    • Your special strengths and the aspects of your values/personal beliefs, background, and/or experiences that you believe will enable you to make a unique contribution to the Planning Program
    • ​How the Planning Program will further your career plans and the contributions you hope to make after graduation
  • A resume that documents your educational and professional background
  • A sample of your academic writing, approximately 3-5 pages (double-spaced) long. The paper should demonstrate your writing skills as well as your ability for critical analysis. (A professional project you individually completed may be submitted instead of an academic paper. However, like the paper, this project should demonstrate your abilities in intellectual writing and analytic thought). Include a note explaining why you selected the particular paper or project for submission.
  • Three letters of recommendation. At least one of these should be from an academic reference. You will enter their contact information into your application and they will receive an email from CU Denver with a link to upload their letter directly to your application.
  • Transcript(s):
    • Domestic transcripts: Transcripts from each institution you have attended, except for study abroad courses, should be sent to the following:
      • Electronic Transcripts:
      • Mailing Address:
        College of Architecture and Planning
        University of Colorado Denver
        Campus Box 126
        P.O. Box 173364
        Denver, CO 80217-3364
    • International transcripts: Do not submit transcripts from foreign (non-US) institutions to CU Denver. Instead, you must provide an international credential evaluation report from Educational Credential Evaluators (ECE) or World Education Services (WES). You will send your transcripts to the evaluation provider of your choice, and the provider will send their evaluation report to CU Denver. After you submit your application, our International Admissions office will send you an email with a link to the specific landing pages where you can order your report for CU Denver’s use. ECE or WES will charge you for this service. The cost is $163 to $208, depending on your chosen service, plus delivery fees. If this cost is prohibitive, please contact us at If you have questions about the international credential evaluation, please contact International Admissions at or read our FAQs.
    • Students who are admitted and enrolled in the program will be required to subsequently submit official college transcripts. Notifications will be sent out prior to the start of the semester.
  • Students admitted into this program must have completed a Bachelor’s degree before they will be able to begin this program. An official conferred degree transcript is required by the university.

Did You Know?

In-State Tuition is available to Western state residents.

CAP has WICHE-WRGP (Western Regional Graduate Program) status. This means that students who are residents of Alaska, Arizona, California, Hawaii, Idaho, Montana, Nevada, New Mexico, North Dakota, Oregon, South Dakota, Utah, Washington, and Wyoming, and the U.S. Pacific Territories and Freely Associated States are granted in-state tuition.

Learn more about WICHE-WRGP for Graduate Students >>

Meet Our Alumni

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Annelies van Vonno (MURP ’20) focused her Master of Urban and Regional Planning capstone project on sustainable and community-oriented creative placemaking to reduce auto travel and improve pedestrian and bicycle access and safety near the Meow Wolf Denver site. Today, the West Colfax Business Improvement District and the Colorado Department of Transportation are bringing van Vonno’s project to life.

Contact Us!

Want to learn more about our Master of Urban and Regional Planning program, have questions about applying to our program, and/or want to visit us on campus? Meet our Academic Advising and Admissions Team.
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Jodi Stock

Manager of Graduate Admissions and Recruitment
for Graduate Programs

College of Architecture and Planning

CU Denver

CU Denver Building

1250 14th Street


Denver, CO 80202


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