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Applying to Urban Planning at Harvard


Individuals who have completed a four-year bachelor of arts or bachelor of science degree, or its equivalent, in any field, are eligible for admission.

General Information about Admissions and the Program

Prospective graduate students interested in the urban planning masters degree should look at the GSD admissions site. Instructions for applicants are on the link to the left. To find specific deadlines for the MUP scroll down the main admissions page. Some students may also be interested in other degrees such as the Master in Design Studies–and information is also available at the same places on the web site. Links to information about the program in general are available elsewhere on this site.

Visiting the School

The Admissions Office pages offer advice about  visiting the school and their FAQ is also very helpful. The Admissions Office is well equipped to answer questions and coordinate meetings with faculty and current students. They have regular information sessions several times a week during the academic year and once per week during the summer with online sign up. If sessions are not listed yet please contact the admissions office. Information sessions involve an overview of the school, a meeting with a current student, and a meeting with one or two faculty members (by request).

The school also hosts open houses in the fall (for prospective applicants) and the spring (for admitted students).

The Review Process

Files are reviewed by a committee of faculty members. Students are also on the admissions committee to provide input.

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