Application for admission to the department consists of the following:
- Submit an electronic application to the Graduate School online at https://www.gradsch.wisc.edu/eapp/eapp.pl. In addition, the department requires official transcripts, GRE scores, TOEFL/IELTS scores for students whose native language is not English or who did not complete a degree in an English-only university, a statement of purpose, and three letters of recommendation. For more about these requirements, see numbers 2-6.
- TRANSCRIPTS: Send official transcripts or academic records from each institution
attended. **International academic records must be in the original
language accompanied by an official English translation. Documents
must be issued by the school with the official seal/stamp and official
Transcripts should be sent to the Department of Urban and Regional Planning – NOT to the Graduate School. The Department of Urban and Regional Planning at UW-Madison only requires you send one official copy of your transcripts.
Please send official transcripts to:
Emily Reynolds 110 Music Hall / 925 Bascom Mall Department of Urban & Regional Planning University of Wisconsin-Madison Madison, WI 53706
- GRE SCORES: Submission of results from the Graduate Record Exam (GRE) is required.
GRE scores can take six weeks to transfer from ETS to the department, so take the test well in advance of the application deadline. The department only accepts electronic GRE scores sent directly from ETS. Use ETS institution code 1846. There is no department code. For information on the
GRE, go to:http://www.gre.org/ttindex.html
- TOEFL/IELTS SCORES: Every applicant whose native language is not English, or whose
undergraduate instruction was not in English, must provide official
scores from the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) or International English Language Testing System (IELTS). TOEFL scores must be sent electronically
from ETS. Use ETS institution code 1846. There is no department code. Paper copies of the TOEFL are not acceptable. Official IELTS scores should be sent by mail to the department at the same address transcripts are sent to (above).
UW-Madison requires that an admitted applicant whose TOEFL (paper-based) test score is below 580, TOEFL computer-based test (CBT) score below 237, TOEFL Internet-based test score below 93, or MELAB below 82 take an English assessment test upon arrival. You must then register for any recommended English as a Second Language (ESL) course(s) in the first semester you are enrolled.
- STATEMENT OF PURPOSE: This should be a thoughtful, reflective, one
or two page statement discussing why you wish to go into the field
of planning and what you expect to do professionally. If you have
an interest in a particular concentration, you should discuss that;
if you have planning or planning related experience, this should
also be discussed.
The statement of purpose should be attached to the electronic application to the Graduate School.
- LETTERS OF RECOMMENDATION: Three letters of reference from people who know your academic or professional work. Letters are submitted through your electronic application to the Graduate School. When you put in the names and email addresses of your recommenders, they will receive an email instructing them how to submit their letter. You can send reminder emails through the electronic application portal to your recommenders if for some reason they misplace this email.
- Optional, supplemental materials, like a writing sample, resume, CV, or portfolio, can be sent via email or mailed to the department at the above address. In reviewing applications the department gives extra weight to planning related work, such as volunteer service in the U.S. Peace Corps or professional planning experience. The department also considers graduate work (not taken as an undergraduate), even if it is in another field. If students have such experience it should be stressed in the application.
- **Students must have taken a statistics course for grade and credit prior to beginning their course of study in the department. If a statistics course shows up on your transcripts, that is acceptable. If you have not taken a statistics course, plan to take one once you are admitted to the program, and send the additional transcript to the Department upon completion.
Students may apply for admission to the program beginning with either the Fall semester or the Spring semester. As a general policy, however, most students will be admitted for the Fall semester so that they can follow the typical course of study.
Fall Semester Admission
The priority deadline for all applicants, both master's and Ph.D., is February 1. This deadline ensures consideration for department scholarships, as well as consideration for the Advanced Opportunity Fellowship (AOF) if the applicant is eligible. It also ensures full consideration for the program.
For applicants that do not apply by February 1, the application deadline for the fall semester as space allows is April 1. Exceptions to the April 1 deadline can be made only if there are missing letters of reference that can reasonably be expected to arrive by May 1, and for other extenuating circumstances.
Ph.D. applicants interested in being eligible for nomination for a University Fellowship must apply by December 1.
For admission in the Spring semester, applications must be submitted by October 15. Students will be admitted for Spring semester only as space allows.
Contacts / Inquiries
Please direct requests for information about our Ph.D. and Master's programs to:
110 Music Hall / 925 Bascom Mall
Department of Urban and Regional Planning
University of Wisconsin-Madison
Madison, WI 53706
Phone: (608) 262-1005
Fax: (608) 262-9307