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School of Urban and Public Affairs

School of Urban and Public Affairs

How to Apply

Application Deadlines

PhD Programs
Application deadline is February 1 for the following fall (fall admission only).

Master’s Degree Programs
Students may begin in fall or spring (see Application Deadlines).

Undergraduate Degree Programs
Students may begin in fall, spring or summer after meeting UTA admission requirements and have a cumulative GPA of 2.25 or higher (See UTA's preferred undergraduate deadlines).

Application Procedures

Graduate Degree Programs

Along with all Graduate School Application Requirements, a complete application includes:

  1. Official transcripts - submit to Graduate School
  2. GRE scores (and TOEFL scores for international students) - submit to Graduate School
  3. Letters of recommendation - submit to SUPA Graduate Advisor
  4. Essay - submit to SUPA Graduate Advisor. PhD students are strongly encouraged to submit a separate essay that provides sufficient details on their research interests, the faculty with whom they plan to work on their research, and the student's reasons for pursuing a Ph.D.

Detailed procedures for PhD programs
Detailed procedures for Master’s Degree programs

Undergraduate Degree Programs

  1. If you haven't already, you must apply to UTA before you can apply to our program (click here for UTA admissions).
  2. Fill out an online interest form if this has not already been done (click here);
  3. Attend a Peer Advising Student Session (PASS) [recommended for all new students]
  4. Set up an appointment with an advisor to create a degree plan
  5. Meet with advisor, review degree plan, and at the end confirm that you want to be admitted as an INTS student.

Admission Requirements

Graduate Degree Programs

  • Factors considered include GPA, GRE scores, letters of recommendation, essay, field of study, community service, multilingual proficiency, and community service.
  • Applicants may be admitted unconditionally or on probation.
  • Applicants may also be denied admission or admitted on a provisional or deferred basis.

Detailed requirements for PhD programs
Detailed requirements for Master’s Degree programs
Detailed requirements for Certificate programs

Undergraduate Degree Programs

  • Admission to University of Texas Arlington
  • 2.25 cumulative GPA at UTA (If GPA is 2.0-2.25 student may declare as "INTS-intended")
  • 30+ credits completed (If less than 30, then may declare as "INTS-intended")

Financial Aid

The School of Urban and Public Affairs (SUPA) offers scholarships for both graduate and undergraduate students in various areas of study such as regional planning, urban studies, public service, public administration and interdisciplinary studies. Current and prospective students will find information and eligibility requirements on our Scholarships page.

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Award-winning Parks Plan
The Institute of Urban Studies’ Saginaw Master Parks Plan won a student planning project award from the Midwest Section of the TXAPA.