Prospective Students

Due to the extraordinary disruptions to budgets and operations caused by the Covid 19 pandemic, the URPD program will not accept applications to enroll new students for the fall of 2021. During this 1 year pause in admissions, we will be focused on supporting our current students toward graduation and evaluating the program to enhance its ability to support and sustain students in future. We anticipate accepting admissions for Fall 2022 in Fall 2021 and encourage you to check back with us then.

Welcome to the University of Maryland Doctoral Program in Urban and Regional Planning (PhD Program)!

The University of Maryland's Doctoral Program (PhD) in Urban and Regional Planning and Design program takes full advantage of the resources of a leading research university and its location within the heart of the Baltimore-Washington metropolitan area. Our program boasts a small, tight-knit community for a tailored PhD experience and the flexibility to bridge a number of disciplines related to the built environment, including urban planning, design, historic preservation, and real-estate development. Our nationally-renowned faculty, the affiliated National Center for Smart Growth Research and Education, and proximity to the architecturally rich, historically significant, and diverse urban fabric of the Mid-Atlantic region makes the University of Maryland an exciting place to earn a doctoral degree in urban and regional planning.

The PhD program is highly selective and individualized. While some students have been admitted as part-time students, full-time study is encouraged and given priority in the admissions process.

We look forward to introducing you to the University of Maryland and its PhD Program in Urban and Regional Planning. 

To learn more, please use the contact form below.

To learn more about the School of Architecture, Planning & Preservation's undergraduate and graduate programs, fill out the following Google Form:

PLEASE NOTE: MAPP has eliminated the GRE requirements for most of its Graduate School Admissions. Learn more about MAPP’s new admissions guidelines on our program admissions page.




We welcome your visit and look forward to showing you our school.

Take a Virtual Tour of MAPP

SELF-GUIDED TOUR: We encourage visitors to come see our studio spaces, classrooms, and students in action anytime during business hours, 9:00am - 5:00pm. To speak with an admissions specialist, we encourage you to make an appointment (below), or we have limited walk-in hours on a first-come, first-served basis on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 2:00pm - 4:00pm. 

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GUIDED TOUR WITH AN ADMISSIONS SPECIALIST: For guided tours and to learn more about the school, we encourage prospective students to call (301.405.8000) before visiting to arrange a tour or to speak with someone from one of our programs. Visits can also be scheduled online through MAPP’s appointment portal:

Online appointments are for current and prospective students of all levels, and are conducted throughout the school year and in summer sessions.

If you have any questions, please use the contact form below.

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