Masters of Urban Planning

How to Apply to the MUP Program

Online Application: Applicants to the MUP program should submit an application through the Graduate College's online Apply Yourself system. Your resume and statement of purpose should be uploaded to the system. Here are instructions on the Apply Yourself system, and answers to frequently asked questions about the Graduate College application process.

Recommendations: Please use the online system to request recommendation letters from your references. They will be able to enter recommendations online. If there are any difficulties with the system, please ask your reference to email his or her letter directly to Jennifer Kowalski at

Reporting Test Scores: All applicants must submit scores for the verbal, quantitative and analytical writing components of the Graduate Record Examinations (GRE) General Test into the Apply Yourself system. Please request official scores be sent to institutional code 1836 (department codes are not used).

International Applicants: The Graduate College encourages International applicants to submit their applications ten months prior to the intended date of entry. TOEFL or IELTS scores must be submitted into the Apply Yourself system. Please request official scores be sent to institutional code 1836 (department codes are not used). For admission purposes, you may be exempt from the TOEFL requirement. However, please be aware that if you are interested in being considered for a teaching assistantship, you are encouraged to demonstrate oral English proficiency prior to arrival on campus.

International applicants will find additional resources for navigating the admissions and enrollment process through the International Student and Scholar Services office. Applicants should be prepared to submit proof of financial resources into the Apply Yourself system.

Joint program applicants: If you wish to be considered for one of MUP's joint programs, please make sure to follow joint program instructions in the Apply Yourself system and meet all requirements for the second program. For the MUP/MArch program, please submit portfolios to the Department of Architecture directly, rather than to DURP.

Transcripts: Transcripts from all post-secondary educational institutions should be uploaded directly to the Apply Yourself system. English translations should also be uploaded if the credentials are not in English.

If you are missing any information or documentation after submitting the application, we will notify you as soon as possible.

Important Admissions Dates

  • September 15     Graduate College opens Apply Yourself system

  • December 15      Apply by this date for full consideration for admission and financial awards. Applicants who wish to be considered for a minority student fellowship from the Graduate College must have their applications in by this date. International applicants must also have their applications in by this date to be fully considered for financial support

  • January 15         Apply by this date for full consideration for admission

  • Early March       DURP begins notifying applicants of acceptance and financial award offers. These offers are made on an ongoing basis through mid- to late-April

  • March TBA         DURP Open House Weekend

Once the entering class is filled, no additional applicants are considered for admissions for a given academic year. Also, financial award offers are made early in the process. Applicants are therefore encouraged to apply by December 15, the date at which the admissions committee begins reviewing applications.

Additional questions and inquiries should be directed to:

Professor Bumsoo Lee
Director of MUP Admissions
Department of Urban and Regional Planning
University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
111 Temple Buell Hall, 611 Taft Drive, Champaign, IL 61820
Voice: 217-333-3601
Fax: 217-244-1717