City + Regional Planning

Admission Criteria

Master of City Planning


The application cycle for the Master of City Planning program opens in early September when the UC Berkeley Graduate Division Application becomes available online. Admission is for the fall term only and on a full-time basis.There are no spring or rolling admissions. Please see Graduate Admissions for application deadlines and procedures.

For statistics on last year's M.C.P. admission cycle — number of applications received, number of applicants admitted, average GPA, average age/range, gender-identity breakdown, etc. — see Admission Statistics.

Admission Criteria 

Admission Requirements include:

  • Bachelor’s degree or recognized equivalent from an accredited institution
  • Grade Point Average (G.P.A.) of 3.0 or better (on a 4-point scale) in the last two years of undergraduate study (also known as your advanced G.P.A.)
    • Please calculate your advanced G.P.A.
    • Note that we do not require an uploaded GPA calculation worksheet.
    • For those applicants whose undergraduate university does NOT use a 4-point scale, the calculation of an advanced GPA is NOT required.
      • If this applies to your previous institution(s), please enter “N/A” in the GPA section.
  • The Graduate Record Examination (GRE)
  • Evidence of English Language Proficiency (for applicants from countries in which the official language is not English) 

Other elements of your application that weigh heavy in the review process include: 

  • Letters of Reccomendation
    • Three letters are required to complete the application.
    • Please follow the instructions on the online application for the online letter of recommendation submission process.
    • The most helpful letters of recommendation are from individuals who have supervised the applicant’s work in either an academic, employment or community service capacity, and who can evaluate the applicant’s intellectual ability, creativity, initiative, leadership potential, and promise in the field of urban planning.
    • You may submit your application before your letters are submitted.  
    • Letters may arrive up to 14 days after the application deadline.
  • Statement of Purpose
    • The Present: What brought you to pursue graduate study in urban planning? 
    • The Past: What academic and professional experiences (paid/unpaid work) or activities (research, co-curricular activities, etc.) bear on your qualifications for this graduate program? How do these experiences relate to your decision to undertake the study of urban planning? 
    • The Future: What kinds of work and activities would you like to engage in following the completion of your graduate degree in planning, and what are your long-term career goals?
      • Recommended Length: 3 pages, double-spaced
  • Personal History Statement
    • Please describe how your personal background informs your decision to pursue a graduate degree.
    • You may include information on how you have overcome barriers to access in higher education, evidence of how you have come to understand the barriers faced by others, evidence of your academic service to advance equitable access to higher education for women, racial minorities, and individuals from other groups that have been historically underrepresented in higher education, evidence of your research focusing on underserved populations or related issues of inequality, or evidence of your leadership among such groups.

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Frequently Asked Questions

Prospective applicants are encouraged to visit the UC Berkeley campus and meet with department staff (Graduate Advisors) and/or faculty members to discuss the program and admissions process. We recommend that you schedule any appointments with graduate advisors (by email or by phone: 510-643-9440) and/or faculty members (refer to faculty directory for contact information) at least two weeks prior to your visit.

Please note that faculty manage their own calendars, and it is not possible for departmental staff to set up appointments. Faculty are available for fall-semester appointments during the months of September, October and November, and for spring-semester appointments during the months of February, March and April.

Review Our Program Flyer

For a snapshot of our program, please review our flyer: Master of City Planning at UC Berkeley.