Master of City Planning Application Process

View and download the Graduate Applicant Guide.

Steps to Apply

  1. Apply to the University via Cal State Apply (before February 1, 2024).
    • An SDSU RED ID Number will then be assigned which allows tracking of application status online.
  2. Send transcripts to Graduate Admissions (before March 1, 2024).
    • Official transcripts from all colleges and universities attended.
    • Send to:
        Graduate Admissions
        San Diego State University
        5500 Campanile Drive
        San Diego, CA 92182-7416
  3. Visit Interfolio Apply Now and look for our department (Public Affairs) where you will upload the following (before March 1, 2024):
  4. Upload Letters of Recommendation (two letters professors, employers, or other familiar with your abilities and accomplishments).
  5. Unofficial Transcripts.
  6. Current Résumé
  7. Upload Personal Statement (500 word essay about your professional and educational goals).
    • In a statement of about 500 words discuss your background and general interest, give your reasons for choosing the Master of City Planning major, and include your professional aspirations and any special area of interest in planning.

For assistance with Interfolio, please call their help desk at 877-997-8807.

International Applicants

International applicants are welcome and should visit this site for more direction on submitting your applications.

For more information:


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Dr. Shawn Flanigan
Office: AH 4106