Prospective Students


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.




Due to the COVID-19 (Coronavirus) outbreak, we are unable to offer any in-person tours of our facilities. You can, however, take a virtual tour below.

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Prospective graduate students interested in the PhD Program, should schedule an appointment by emailing