Non-Degree Enrollment

The Department offers two opportunities for prospective students to take classes in urban planning; either through enrollment as a Graduate Non-Matriculated student or as a Visiting Graduate Student.

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Graduate Non-Matriculated Status

The primary goal of Graduate Non-Matriculated (GNM) enrollment is to enable qualified students to take graduate level courses in order to explore the professional field of Urban Design and Planning. Applicants who meet graduate admissions standards may be enrolled as GNM students and may apply up to a maximum of 12 credits earned while so enrolled toward graduate degree requirements if later accepted into the Master of Urban Planning degree program. Individuals interested in applying credits earned while enrolled as a GNM student in the Department of Urban Design and Planning to another department’s or institution’s graduate program are advised to contact the respective program(s) to find out if and how those credits may be transferable.

Admission Requirements

Prospective GNM students must meet the following minimum requirements:

  • Hold a baccalaureate degree from a regionally accredited college or university in the U.S. or its equivalent from a foreign institution.
  • Have earned at least a 3.0 grade-point-average (on a 4 point scale) for the last 90 graded quarter credits or 60 graded semester credits.

For further criteria, please see the University of Washington Graduate School’s GNM webpage.

Application Deadlines

Deadline dates for submission of GNM application materials are as follows:

Autumn Quarter: August 15
Winter Quarter: November 15
Spring Quarter: February 15
Summer Quarter: May 1

How to Apply

GNM applicants must submit an online application through the University of Washington’s Graduate School’s Application for Admission web page. Once you designate the program you are applying for, you will be prompted for the required application materials. GNM applicants are advised to contact the Program Contact at udp@uw.edu to notify them of their application submission in order to facilitate a timely review of their application.

Application Checklist

Statement of Purpose

Prepare a one or two page statement as to your reasons for undertaking graduate study in the Department of Urban Design and Planning and your plans for future study; please describe portions of your background that you feel are particularly relevant to your application.

Resume

Please include a resume of work and relevant experiences.

Letter of Recommendation

GNM applicants are required to submit one academic letter of recommendation. The letter must be submitted directly to the Department of Urban Design and Planning in an envelope sealed by the recommender. We suggest applicants provide their evaluator with a copy of the statement of purpose in order to facilitate the evaluation.

Transcripts

Applicants must list and upload to their online application the transcripts for all collegiate institutions they have attended, including the University of Washington.

GNM Application Review

You will be notified of the status of your application about two weeks after your complete application is received by the Department. All GNM courses are available on a space available basis only. Should you wish to take classes as a GNM student in another department, you will need to complete a separate GNM application for that department. GNM students who later decide to pursue the MUP degree must make a separate application.

More Information

Visiting Graduate Students

A student who wishes to enroll in the Department of Urban Design and Planning, and who intends to return to the graduate school in which he/she is carrying forward a program of study for an advanced degree, may be admitted as a Visiting Graduate Student.

Admission as a Visiting Graduate Student is contingent on available space and facilities. The applicant must have been officially admitted to another recognized graduate school and be in good standing and currently pursuing a graduate degree.

The applicant must submit an online application through the University of Washington’s Graduate School’s Application for Admission web page. When creating your online application, be sure to select your application type as “Visiting Graduate” and select your visiting graduate program as “Urban Design and Planning (M of Urban Planning).”

Once you designate the program you are applying for, you will be prompted for the required application materials. Visiting graduate applicants are advised to contact the Program Contact at udp@uw.edu to notify them of their application submission in order to facilitate a timely review of their application.

Length of Study

Visiting graduate students to the Department of Urban Design and Planning may apply to study for up to three quarters. The UW operates on a quarter system: autumn, winter, spring, and summer. Most students enroll in autumn, winter and spring (this comprises a typical academic year); enrollment in summer is not typical and the course offerings are usually elective courses. Because our summer course offerings may be canceled due to low enrollment and their offering is thus unpredictable, we generally do not advise that visiting graduate students plan to attend in summer quarter.  Typically, Autumn quarter is late September-December; winter quarter is January-March, and spring quarter is late March-June. To view the specific dates of  instruction, please refer to the University of Washington’s academic calendar. International visiting graduate students please note: you must be enrolled in a minimum of 10 credits per quarter.

Admission Requirements

Visiting graduate students must meet the admission requirements of the Graduate School, which can be viewed on their Visiting Graduate Student webpage.

Application Checklist

Statement of Purpose

Prepare a one or two page statement as to your reasons for undertaking graduate study in the Department of Urban Design and Planning in particular, and your plans for future study in general; please describe portions of your background that you feel are particularly relevant to your application.

Please indicate the quarters in which you would like to enroll in the Department of Urban Design and Planning. Please also include a proposed plan of intended courses during the quarter(s) you are seeking enrollment here. You can see which courses will be offered by viewing the Department’s two-year plan of course offerings, found here: http://urbdp.be.washington.edu/resources/udp-course-listings-and-syllabi/

The plan of study can help the Admissions Committee better understand your goals and ensure that they are feasible. For instance, they can evaluate whether the courses in which you want to enroll will be open to you (some of our courses have priority enrollment for MUP students and fill quickly; others have prerequisites), or if a course you want to take may not be available for some other reason that wouldn’t be readily apparent to you. To note, visiting graduate students must be enrolled in 10 credits each quarter.

You may also send your proposed course plan to the MUP Graduate Academic Advisor for evaluation prior to submitting your application. Please send your proposed plan to udp@uw.edu.no less than two weeks prior to the application deadline to allow adequate time for review.

Letters of Recommendation

Visiting Graduate Students are required to submit three letters of recommendation.

Transcripts

Applicants must list and upload to their online application the transcripts for all collegiate institutions they have attended, including the University of Washington.