Graduate Admissions: City and Regional Planning

The Graduate School at Cornell is organized into fields of study; applicants interested in Regional Planning or Historic Preservation Planning apply to the Field of City and Regional Planning; applicants interested in the study of or Regional Science should apply to that field. Applicants interested in Real Estate should reach out to the Cornell Baker Program in Real Estate or find more information on the M.R.P./M.P.S RE dual degree, here.


  • City and Regional Planning: Fall, updated February 1; there is no spring semester admission. Apply now.
  • Regional Science: Fall, updated February 1; there is no spring semester admission. Apply now.
  • Real Estate: January 15 priority deadline for financial aid; March 1, regular deadline; June 1, special/transfer deadline; there is no spring semester admission

In addition to the requirements outlined at the Graduate School, the Department of City and Regional Planning has the following specific requirements:

  • Applicants must hold a bachelor's degree from a recognized educational institution. A variety of undergraduate backgrounds have proven to be good preparation for studying planning and making a successful career.
  • To enroll in doctoral study, applicants must have completed a master's degree (planning preferred). After completing the second full-time semester in a master's degree program at Cornell, candidates may apply to the doctoral program through the regular annual admissions process.
  • We strongly recommend that applicants to the Ph.D. program in City and Regional Planning submit a writing sample with their application.
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