1. The M.S. UP program prepares students from diverse academic backgrounds for careers as professional planners. Applicants typically, but not exclusively, have majored in architecture, engineering, sociology, political science, geography, economics, or urban studies; many also come from backgrounds in the humanities and pure sciences. The admissions committee reviews all applicants comprehensively, considering their undergraduate academic achievements, personal statement, and related experiences.
2. All applicants must have an undergraduate degree from an accredited college or university by the time they start the M.S. UP program
1. Create and complete an online application.
2. Enter contact information for recommenders. M.S. UP requires three letters of recommendation.
3. Upload a personal statement into the application. This may not be changed or updated after submission.
4. Upload a resume into the application. This may not be changed or updated after submission.
5. Upload scanned or digital copies of academic transcripts for each university attended and credit earned, including certified English translations (if applicable).
6. Send GRE score report to the Columbia GSAPP Admissions Office. Please find our institution codes here.
7. Send TOEFL score report to Columbia GSAPP (International students only). Please find our institution codes here.
8. Submit online application and fee ($75 USD, payable only by VISA or MasterCard).
9. (Optional) Upload copies of work and writing samples to the online application. Samples are not required and will be considered supplemental material.
LETTERS OF RECOMMENDATION
Three letters of recommendation are required for all degree program applicants. GSAPP does not have a special form for letters of recommendation. Recommenders may scan and upload recommendation letters to the online application. Letters received directly from applicants will not be accepted.
One letter of recommendation is required for New York/Paris program applicants and Visiting Scholars. Non-degree program applicants (including Introduction to Architecture and Special Students) may include recommendations but they are not required.
PERSONAL STATEMENT & RESUME / CV
A personal statement is required for admission to each program (with the exception of Introduction to Architecture). In approximately 500 words, describe your background, your past work in your intended field of study and your plans for graduate study and a professional career. Resumes or CVs are required for all degree applicants and CVs are required for Visiting Scholar applicants. These documents should be uploaded into the online application before submission. After the application deadline, these documents may not be changed or updated, applicants should plan accordingly. TRANSCRIPTS
An academic transcript/record from each university attended and credit earned is required for all applicants. All transcripts must be received by the application deadline. Applicants should upload a digital copy or scan of their transcript/s to the online application. We allow digital copies of transcripts for review purposes only. Once admitted, students will be required to submit official copies of their transcripts by the start of program.DIGITAL FILE SPECIFICATIONS
The Columbia University Master of Science in Urban Planning is an accredited two-year program of professional education. Actively engaged in practice, our curriculum connects the study of the urban built environment with grounded analysis of socioeconomic and political conditions. We explore the tensions between market forces, civil society, and the goals of planning, paying special attention to the role of urban analytics and the quest for social justice. Students learn to evaluate and shape efforts to develop and enhance cities and their communities in ways that foster healthy and sustainable living.
Located in New York City, our program promotes a global outlook. We look to planning issues locally and internationally for studio projects, classroom case studies, and thesis research. By studying the impact of global linked processes (e.g. immigration and climate change) as well as local conditions on cities and communities, we think creatively about planning and policy approaches to improve processes and outcomes in cities around the world.
Planning education promotes the redistribution of resources and social justice in cities as much as the creation of wealth. Our students connect challenges of urban development, sustainability and equity with the political and socioeconomic conditions that define them. They learn to engage and assess the increasing abundance and availability of data to address urban problems and inform planning efforts. Throughout the curriculum, the emphasis is on real-world problems and how planners can act to improve the lives of urban residents.
Being part of GSAPP, our program connects with design, preservation, and real estate faculty and professionals to add to ideas and techniques developed by planners and social activists. We also offer a range of curriculum and dual-degree options within and beyond GSAPP for students interested in additional content expertise and skills. Our graduates work in critical and leading roles in government, private firms, nonprofit organizations, advocacy groups, multilateral institutions, and international NGOs.