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PhD in City and Regional Planning Admissions

Ph.D in City and Regional Planning Admission Information


Previous Education | Applications to the Ph.D. in CRP program are accepted from students about to complete and/or have completed their baccalaureate or master's degree(s). While the program places no restrictions on previous fields of study, applicants are encouraged to review our faculty pages to gain a better understanding of if and how their research interests will align with one or more of our faculty members.

GPA | In order to be considered for admission, applicants should generally have at least a 3.0 cumulative undergraduate GPA on a 4.0 scale, or a B average on another scale. If an applicant has taken undergraduate coursework at multiple institutions, the GPA will be combined into one overall undergraduate GPA. Graduate credit is calculated into a separate graduate GPA.

Graduate Record Examination (GRE) Scores | GRE scores are required of all applicants, though the program does not have required minimum GRE scores. Information on the GRE may be found at ets.org/gre. The test must have been taken in the past five years.

English Proficiency Scores | Official TOEFL, IELTS or MELAB scores are required for any applicant whose native language is not English, and who has been educated primarily outside of the U.S. Exclusions and details can be found in the application instructions and Graduate Admissions FAQs. Target scores are as follows: 100 TOEFL IBT, 86 MELAB, or 7.5 IELTS. Valid test scores must be from within the last two years.

Financial Review | Admitted international applicants are required to show evidence that they have sufficient funding to pay for all tuition and living expenses while at the university. Instructions would be sent if/when the applicant accepts the offer of admission. Please do not send these documents until requested. For more information, see gpadmissions.osu.edu.


Autumn 2019 Application Deadline | December 1, 2018
The program only admits students to start in the Autumn semester. The Autumn application opens September 1.


Required application materials are listed below. The OSU Graduate Admissions office administers the online application and a complete set of instructions can be found at admissions.osu.edu. Their website also has a list of FAQs for your reference. For the documents to be uploaded with the online application, allowed file types include the following or similar document types: .doc, .gif, .jpg, .jpeg, .PDF, .png, .ppt, .rtf, .tif, .txt, .xls. Do not upload zipped files or files with non-standard extensions or the document will not be accepted.

OSU Graduate Admission Application and Application Fee   Complete the online application at gpadmissions.osu.edu. The application fee ($60 for US citizens; $70 for international applicants) is paid online during submission of the application.

Transcripts   Official transcripts are required from each institution from which college credit was awarded. (OSU transcripts are not required for credit earned at OSU). A scan of an official transcript (front and back) may be uploaded to the online application to fulfill this requirement. If admitted, a final official transcript must be submitted. Mailed transcripts should be sent to the OSU Graduate Admissions Office (address listed below). See the application instructions for details.

Evidence of English Proficiency  

Official TOEFL, IELTS or MELAB scores are required for any applicant whose native language is not English, and who has been educated primarily outside of the U.S. Exclusions and details can be found in the application instructions and Graduate Admissions FAQs. To submit official scores, use OSU reporting code 1592 (no department code).

Graduate Record Examination (GRE) Scores  

Official GRE scores are required for all applicants. To submit official scores, use OSU reporting code 1592 (no department code).

Statement of Research Interest  

This statement is a 1-3 page narrative that provides insight into why you want to pursue a doctorate in City and Regional Planning from The Ohio State University and what you want to do once you earn the degree. It is important to relate not only how your personal and educational experiences thus far have led you to your decision to pursue this degree, but also details about the research direction you wish to pursue.  A clear research direction is critical to determine fit with the program and potential faculty advisors. Upload through the online application.

Curriculum Vitae  

The curriculum vitae should include academic and relevant professional history.  Research projects, papers, and conference presentations are especially good to include if applicable. Upload through the online application.

Example of Research or Written Work


i.e. literature review, empirical study, term paper, or thesis. Design portfolios are not appropriate. Upload through the online application.

Three Letters of Recommendation  

Enter your recommenders’ information in the online application including a professional or academic email address. Once you have submitted the application, each recommender will receive an email request with a link to submit their letter online. Your letters of recommendation are important for the admissions committee to assess preparedness for graduate work. It is strongly recommended that at least one letter, and preferably 2, should be written by faculty from undergraduate or graduate study. Other letter writers should be from supervisors or similar professional contacts who have monitored your work. Recommenders should be able to relate in some detail about your skills. Personal associates (friends, family members, or peer work colleagues) are not appropriate references for admissions consideration.


Your initial status will first become available 2–3 days after we receive your application and you should monitor the status of your application at appstatus.osu.edu. First time applicants are sent an email assigning an OSU ID and username. Previous OSU students will use their regular OSU login. If your status shows missing letters of recommendation, you can use this link to send reminders and add new recommenders. As materials are received, they should be marked as complete online within 5 business days. Test scores and transcripts typically take a couple of weeks to be processed. Note that during the months of December and January, we do receive an influx of applications and processing time may take longer. Please continue to monitor the status of your application and let us know if you have any questions or concerns. Please do not upload documents multiple times as each item submitted will be included in your application. Your application status will say “pending” until a decision has been made on your application. When a decision has been made, your status will reflect the decision and you will receive a notification. The majority of admissions decisions and financial aid awards will be made January-March, though notifications may continue through the summer.


With questions regarding the online application, transcripts, and submission of test scores, contact:

OSU Graduate Admissions | (e): gpadmissions@osu.edu  (t): 614-292-9444

Regular postal address for mailing within the U.S.

Graduate and Professional Admissions

P.O. Box 182004

Columbus, OH 43218-2004


Express mail address for mailing from outside the U.S.

Graduate and Professional Admissions

Student Academic Services Building

281 W. Lane Ave.

Columbus, OH 43210-1132 USA

With questions regarding the program’s admissions requirements, financial aid, and general program questions, contact:

Jacquelyn Monnin |  (e): monnin.69@osu.edu  (t): 614-292-1012

Graduate Programs Coordinator

Knowlton School

The Ohio State University

275 West Woodruff Avenue, Room 100A

Columbus, Ohio 43210