Candidates for admission to the Master of City Planning (MCP) or Master of Urban Affairs (MUA) degree programs are selected on the basis of academic transcripts, academic and personal references, and interviews or statements of intent. There are no fixed deadlines; applications are reviewed on a rolling basis. Admission decisions are announced promptly pending receipt of all application materials. Students may also register for up to two courses prior to applying to the degree program. The Graduate Record Exam (GRE) is not required for the MCP or MUA.
International students are required to take the TOEFL iBT exam and earn a minimum of 100 points (25 points for each section of the exam).  International applicants are encouraged to take and submit the Graduate Record Exam (GRE).

A maximum of one graduate course (4 credits) in an urban discipline may be transferred from another accredited institution for credit toward the degree. No credit is allowed for courses used to fulfill another degree. One or two courses (up to 8 credits) taken at Boston University outside the City Planning and Urban Affairs programs may be applied to the degree, with prior approval of the graduate adviser and the Chair of the Department of Applied Social Sciences.

A maximum of two city planning and urban affairs courses (8 credits) taken at Metropolitan College before acceptance into the degree program may be applied toward the degree. The courses must be of graduate level, with a grade of B- or higher.

Applicants accepted into the MCP or MUA programs can defer admission by one year, if notice is given of the deferment.