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We have two application deadlines you should consider when applying:
A complete application is an application which has been submitted to ASU and all the documents have been received. To see a list of documents required click here (https://geoplan.asu.edu/phdplanning) and then then the Apply tab.
Very rarely. We design our program for full-time students to begin each fall. Applicants submitting their materials after the fall deadline, December 30, will be considered on an individual basis, according to space available.
It is not necessary, because the Ph.D. in Urban Planning is not a design degree. Your carefully crafted Statement of Intent is sufficient.
We consider all applicants for multi-year guaranteed funding packages. This funding is competitive. Funding typically consists of four year packages in the form of 20hr/week teaching assistantships that include full tuition remission and health insurance.
We do not offer need-based financial aid. Rather, we offer merit-based fellowships and research and teaching assistantships. Assistantships typically require twenty hours of work per week and include a full waiver of tuition and most fees. Information on need-based financial aid (grants and loans) is available from the Financial Aid office.
The minimum GPA at the master's level is around 3.4, but there is some flexibility. Occasionally we admit students with lower GPA's if they have significant professional experience, a strong statement of purpose, outstanding recommendations, or other extraordinary qualifications.
Successful PhD in planning applicants generally score at or above the following minimums: verbal 160, quantitative 148, writing 3.5
TOEFL - 550 (PBT) or 80 (iBT)
IELTS - overall band score of 6.5 with no individual band below a 6.0
If you have additional questions related to English proficiency, please see the Graduate Admission English Proficiency page for more detailed information.
The primary purpose of the letters of recommendation is to help us to determine your ability to successfully complete the Ph.D. program and your potential to make significant academic contributions. At least two of your letters should be from academic sources. Applicants with extensive professional experience are likely to have their remaining letter from supervisors; applicants with less experience may have all three of their letters from academic sources. Most importantly, your letters should be from references who know you well enough to say specific things about your abilities, accomplishments, and professional potential.
If the information on this page and the other PhD Planning web pages does not answer your questions, please send a note to firstname.lastname@example.org. Please include "PhD Planning" in the subject line of your e-mail message.