City and Regional Planning

Programs Degrees Major Codes Admissions
Term Deadline
Doctoral PhD PLAN Fall* December 14, 2021
Master’s MCRP PLAN Fall* January 11, 2022
Fall Graduate School Fellowships December 14, 2021 (Recommended)
Director of Graduate Admissions MCRP – Yan Song (ys@email.unc.edu)

PhD – Dale Whittington (dale_whittington@unc.edu)

Graduate Coordinator Sandra Lazo de la Vega (sandral@unc.edu)
Address Department of City & Regional Planning
CB# 3140, New East Building
University of North Carolina
Chapel Hill, NC 27599
Website planning.unc.edu
Phone 919-962-3983
Test Requirements
GRE not required
Letters of Recommendation 3
International Applicants Only TOEFL or IELTS score (no more than two years old)
Completed financial certificate
Other Requirements

In addition to the University’s required application materials, applicants should review the information below for additional expectations or application requirements.

  1. Statement of Purpose – Describe your interests in planning, your reasons for wanting to enter the profession (or academy, if you are a PhD applicant), and relevant direct or indirect planning experience. In the admissions process, we look for evidence of academic distinction and commitment to the planning profession (and/or scholarship for PhD applicants), but we are also committed to having diversity of thought, experience, and background. You are encouraged to include autobiographical information (e.g., geographic background, family background, leadership skills, ability to overcome great obstacles, etc.), which would help us place your planning interests in context. If you experienced any unanticipated events that affected your academic or professional career (e.g. low GPA, gap in employment), offering an explanation for how the events affected you may help us better understand your application. For PhD applicants, please be sure to discuss your interests in working with specific DCRP faculty. Your personal statement is a critical part of your application, so compose your statement carefully. Please limit your statement to a maximum of two single-spaced pages.
  2. Most Recent Resume or CV
  3. Please upload a completed version of the Supplemental Questionnaire with your online Graduate School Application.  No action can be taken on your application until both this Supplemental Questionnaire and the Application for Admissions to The Graduate School are complete.
*Only in unusual circumstances and after consultation with department is Spring admission considered.