Application Deadlines

All applications received by December 15, 2022 will be reviewed for Fall 2023 admission, and considered for scholarships offered by the School of Architecture and for departmental funding.

Applications received after December 15, 2022 may be considered for admission, but considerations for financial aid may be limited.

We will begin our review of applications after January 15, 2023. Applicants can expect a response letter from the department regarding a decision on their application sometime between late February and mid-March. A separate offer letter will follow if financial aid is being offered. April 15, 2023 is our deadline for applicants to return offer letters to the department to indicate their intention to study in the URSC program at Texas A&M University. 

Admission Requirements

In addition to the university graduate admission requirements, the Ph.D. in Urban & Regional Sciences program requires the following.

Submit all required materials through the Texas A&M GradCas system.

Minimum Education

A masters degree is required for admission to the Ph.D. in Urban & Regional Sciences program.

Admitted applicants who are still earning the prerequisite degree are admitted contingent on the completion of that degree. Applicants who do not meet this contingency must reapply after graduation.


Résumés should include your employment history, educational record, publications, awards, and any community/volunteer experiences you may have. Please upload your résumé to the Texas A&M GradCas System.

Statement of Purpose

Your statement of purpose should clearly demonstrate your interest in the program. Statements of purpose are used to gauge whether an applicant will be a good fit in the program based on research interests and prior experiences. We encourage you to identify faculty whose interests coincide with yours in your statement of purpose.


You should provide three letters of recommendation from individuals who are familiar with your academic achievement and potential. If you have been out of school for a number of years and are unable to contact former professors, you may submit non-academic references (e.g., employers).

Applicants can access the electronic letter of recommendation system available via the Texas A&M GradCas System.

Sole Authored Writing Sample

Please submit at least one sole-authored writing sample as a PDF file in lieu of the GRE requirement for the Fall 2024 admissions cycle. This can be a recent publication, report, or other form of writing that demonstrates your writing ability.

Additional Writing Sample(s)

Submit at least one additional writing sample as a PDF file (which can be a sole, lead, or co-authored writing). This can be a recent publication, report, or other form of writing that demonstrates your writing ability, supports your Statement of Purpose, and demonstrates your research skills. 

Test Scores

The Graduate Record Examination (GRE) score is not required for applicants applying to the Ph.D. program in Urban and Regional Sciences for the fall 2024 admission. The GRE requirement will be re-evaluated on a yearly basis and may be re-instated for future admission cycles.