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? If so, you should consider applying to our Master of Urban and Regional Planning program at CU Denver!

Spring 2021* 
Application opens August 1, 2020 
Deadline to apply October 15, 2020

*Please note: The College of Architecture and Planning may not offer spring admissions. Please check back for spring 2022 updates.


Fall 2021
Application opens September 1, 2020
Deadline to apply January 10, 2021

*Please note that due to course sequencing, a spring start in the MURP program means that it will take at least 5 semesters to complete the degree.


The graduate admissions process is unique to each program. The following list of elements are required for the Master of Urban and Regional Planning Application.

  • Application fee ($50 for domestic applicants, $75 for international applicants).
  • A 2-3 page (double-spaced) statement of interest 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). 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.
  • One official copy of your transcript from each institution you have attended EXCEPT study abroad institutions.


Graduate Record Exam (GRE) scores are NOT required for the MURP program unless your GPA is below 3.0, in which case you must submit GRE scores.

If you are a resident of any of the 15 western states in the WICHE-WRGP region (except Colorado), please fill out the WICHE-WRGP section of the online application to be considered for WICHE-WRGP status. ​

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).
  • are drawn to at least one of our three Pillars (Healthy Communities, Equitable Urbanism, and Regional Sustainability).
  • are excited about what our program has to offer.
  • are enthusiastic about going to graduate school in Downtown Denver and experiencing 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.



For questions about the MURP program and admissions process, please contact Jodi Stock at ​