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Admissions Process & Requirements

The Masters of Regional and City Planning (MRCP) degree requires two-years of full-time graduate study. The degree is designed for people seeking a professional degree in urban and regional planning, community and economic development, urban design, and transportation planning in the public and private sectors.

Requirements for Admission:

Prospective students must have a bachelor's degree from a recognized college or university. A minimum of a 3.0 GPA is required for full admission.  However, conditional admission is granted for those students demonstrating ability to succeed in our program beyond simply the GPA measurement tool.  Conditional admission may require a limited load of courses, some initial preparatory courses, or language skill preparatory courses.

International students must have a minimum score of a 79 on the internet-based TOEFL (TOEFL iBT). Also, the IELTS is accepted.  The minimum score on the IELTS is a 6.5 overall band score.  For more information about the English Proficiency requirement please click here

When to Apply:

RCPL has what is called "rolling admissions".  We work to admit students throughout the year.  Although Fall semester admission is recommended to take advantage of the scheduled sequence of courses, Spring and Summer admissions are also possible.  

However, for International Students (out-of-country) application deadlines for Fall admission --> April 1st and for Spring-->September 1.   

Admissions Process:

To be admitted to the Regional and City Planning program, a student must first be admitted to the Graduate College of the University.

Supplemental materials required for the application for our RCPL Program include:

  • 3 letters of reference (upload names and emails into the online application; references may complete the form and also may upload a formal letter)
  • Statement of Intent or Interest in the RCPL program

The first step to the process is to apply online through the Graduate College. The links to the Graduate College Admissions process are below:

Get Graduate Student Admission Info | Get International Grad Student Admission Info

The supplemental materials required  for our program can be uploaded into the online applications form (This is NEW starting for admissions starting in Summer 2014 and  Fall 2014).  The letters of reference are also included within the online application system (the online system is called CollegeNet and is used by several universities for admissions).

 Please note: transcripts need to be sent to the Graduate College as part of the online application.  For those who have attended undergraduate school in the United States - unofficial transcripts can be used during the admissions process (eventually an official transcript will be required by the Graduate College).

If you have individuals providing letters of reference/recommenders that prefer to mail (postal or electronic) directly to our division, you may provide the following address:

Graduate Liaison
Division of Regional and City Planning
College of Architecture
University of Oklahoma
830 Van Vleet Oval, Gould Hall
Norman, OK 73019

Email to the Graduate Liaison (Dr. K. Meghan Wieters at kmeghanwieters@ou.edu)  

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