City and Regional Planning

Programs Degrees Major Codes Admissions
Term Deadline
Doctoral PhD PLAN Fall* December 12, 2023
Master’s MCRP PLAN Fall* January 9, 2024
Fall Graduate School Fellowships December 12, 2023 (Recommended)
Director of Graduate Admissions MCRP – Andrew Whittemore (

PhDTodd BenDor (

Graduate Coordinator Sandra Lazo de la Vega  (
Sarah Ward (
Address Department of City & Regional Planning
CB# 3140, New East Building
University of North Carolina
Chapel Hill, NC 27599
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)
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 –

Your statement of purpose is a critical part of your application. In your statement, you should explain your interests in planning and our program.

We look for evidence of academic distinction, but are also interested in how your lived experiences will foster a positive educational environment.  Please also share any other relevant information you feel may be helpful to the admissions committee in reviewing your application, such as overcoming professional or academic adversity.

Limit your statement to a maximum of two single-spaced pages.

  • For PhD applicants, please tell us about your research interests, why you would like to enter the academy, and what relevant experience you have. Discuss your interests in working with a specific DCRP faculty member and how your research interests and agenda align.
  • For Masters applicants, please tell us why you are interested in the planning profession and why Carolina is the right program for you.

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.