City Planning Program Admissions and Graduate Standing


The MCP program does not accept spring applications. All supporting documentation including transcripts, test scores, letters of recommendation, MCP Supplemental Application, including personal statement must be received by APRIL 1. However, it is best to apply early!


It is recommended that prospective students have a broad educational background including social science courses and statistics. No undergraduate major is excluded and evaluation of applicants is done on an individual basis with utmost flexibility.


In terms of admission standards, a grade point average of 2.85-3.0 (on a 4-point scale) is generally considered minimum with grades during the last two years of college given particular importance. Lower grade point averages may be acceptable in exceptional circumstances where other evidence of potential capacity is available. The graduate planning applicant is also required to provide a history of courses and grades for his/her undergraduate programs (usually a transcript will suffice), a statement of purpose(about 500 words) describing your background and general interest, give your reasons for choosing this graduate major, and include your professional aspirations and any special area of interest in planning.  This enables the admissions committee to have a sample of the applicant’s writing style and capability as well as permits the faculty to determine if the applicant’s personal and professional goals are consistent with those of the City Planning Program. Applicants are encouraged to submit two letters of recommendation that should come from two persons familiar with the applicant’s ability and accomplishments. Applicants are required to take the Graduate Record Examination (GRE) and can sign-up for the test through ETS.  Effective August 2011 GRE changed their scoring system. The MCP target score on the GRE is 294 (verbal and quantitative sections combined).  If the test was taken prior to August 2011, the MCP program target score was 950 (verbal and quantitative sections combined). GRE scores should be sent electronically from ETS and must be received by April 1st.

Application Process

  1. Apply to the University via CalState Apply (before March 1st).
    • An SDSU RED ID Number will then be assigned which allows tracking of application status online.
  2. Transcripts & Test Scores to Graduate Admissions (before April 1st).
    • Official transcripts from all colleges and universities attended.
      • GRE (and TOEFL/IELTS for international applicants) test scores sent directly from ETS to institution 4682.
      • Send to: Enrollment Services Graduate Admissions Document Processing Unit, San Diego State University,  San Diego, CA 92182-7416
  3. Visit Interfolio Apply Now where you will upload the following (before April 1st):
    • Letters of Recommendation (two letters from professors or employers).
    • Unofficial Transcripts.
    • Current Résumé.
    • Personal Statement
      • In a statement of about 500 words discuss your background and general interest, give your reasons for choosing this graduate major, and include your professional aspirations and any special area of interest in planning.

International Applicants

In addition to the above application process, International Applicants for admission whose education has been in a foreign country must file an application for admission, official certificates and detailed transcripts of record from each collegiate institution attended. All documents, transcripts, and test scores must be received by Graduate Admissions no later than April 1st. The CSU Mentor On-Line Application and fee must be submitted by March 1st. Effective the Fall 2013 application cycle, all transcripts, including those with international coursework, will be evaluated internally at SDSU. International applicants are required to take the TOEFL (target score of 550 paper/80 iBT)  or the IELTS (score of 6.5).

All prospective international student admission inquiries should be sent to International Admissions at .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address).

For information on Graduate Admission Requirements visit the SDSU Admissions page.

Graduate Standing

Students are admitted to this program with a status of Classified or Conditionally Classified. Conditionally Classified students must meet the conditions noted on their program admission letter. When conditions are successfully met students must file a Change of Status form and submitted to the SPA Department office (PSFA 101).