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.

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.

Test Scores

The Ph.D. in Urban and Regional Sciences requires Graduate Record Examination (GRE) scores for admittance.

GRE scores should be sent directly from the Educational Testing Service to Texas A&M University (GRE School Code 6003). You must have taken the test within five years of the date the application form reaches the Office of Admissions. Tests should be taken at least eight weeks prior to the appropriate application deadline to ensure timely receipt and processing of results. We will use your highest test score from one test date. 

Copies of test scores are not considered official, but they may help the University locate your official test scores and are therefore useful when the application is processed.

If you are in a country that has limited access to the test, we will allow waivers on a case-by-case basis. If you are waived from the GRE and an international student, you will be required to submit alternative testing to prove English proficiency.

Writing Sample

A recent publication, report or writing sample is required to demonstrate your writing ability. The publication, report or writing sample should support your Statement of Purpose and clearly demonstrate research and/or analytical skills. Please upload your writing sample to the Texas A&M GradCas System.