Graduate Record Examination (GRE)
MCP Minimum Score: NONE
PhD Minimum Score: Score minimum is 308 combined verbal and quantitative, with 5.0 Analytical Writing.
Reporting codes: 3514 (MIT), Please type in "Urban Studies" to find code 2205 on the ETS website
Applicants must request that official scores be sent directly to DUSP by the Educational Testing Service (ETS) and submit a scanned copy as part of the online application. We suggest ordering your scores as early as possible in order to have them delivered to us on time. Applicants who take the test after December 10th will not be considered for admission.
Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL)
Required: For applicants whose native language is not English, even if they have attended school in the United States. No exceptions are made for this requirement. Permanent residents or US Citizens do not need to take the TOEFL exam. If you need clarification on the policy, please see FAQs.
MCP & PhD Minimum Score: 600 (paper-based), 100 (internet-based).
Reporting codes: 3514 (MIT), 97 (DUSP)
The Admissions Committee regards English proficiency as an important criterion for success in all degree programs. Applicants must request that offical results be sent directly to MIT by the Educational Testing Service (ETS) and submit a scanned copy along with their online application. Applicants who take the test after December 10th will not be considered for admission. Upon arrival, students must take an English diagnostic test, regardless of whether they have attended English-speaking schools or have studied previously in English-speaking countries.
International English Language Testing System (IELTS)
The International English Language Testing System (IELTS) is also accepted with a minimum score of 7. See TOEFL information for more details on the requirement. Applicants who are tested after December 31st will not be considered for admission.
Statement of objectives
Three letters of recommendation
English proficiency exam scores
CV or Resume
Design portfolio (optional)
Writing sample (optional)
Since its founding 80 years ago, the Department of Urban Studies and Planning at MIT has consistently been rated the premier planning school in the world. We are home to the largest urban planning faculty in the United States and enjoy the advantage of operating within the context of MIT’s culture of innovation and interdisciplinary knowledge creation. We see as our mission to educate students while advancing theory and practice in areas of scholarship that will best serve the nation and the world in the twenty-first century.
We are committed to generating and disseminating knowledge, and to working with communities, governments, and industry to bring this knowledge to bear on the world's most pressing challenges. We provide our students with an education that combines rigorous academic study and the excitement of discovery with active engagement in the practice of place-making.
Our goal is to apply advanced analysis and design to understand and solve pressing urban and environmental problems. To this end, the department fosters a culture of learning by doing, while also supporting the development of influential theories in the areas of urban planning and design, economic development, and environmental policymaking. By complementing more traditional seminars with studios, workshops, and practica, our faculty, students, and researchers are able to translate path-breaking ideas into practical and enduring solutions.