Frequently Asked Questions

What are the deadlines for applying to the Metropolitan College City Planning and Urban Affairs Program?

There are no fixed application deadlines. The program allows for students to submit applications on a rolling basis, although all students are encouraged to submit a complete application no less than one month prior to the start of the semester in which they desire to commence studies. Admission decisions are announced promptly, pending receipt of all application materials.

What is the minimum GPA required for acceptance into the Program?

There is no minimum GPA requirement. However, applicants with an undergraduate grade point average (GPA) lower than 3.0 are encouraged to submit additional information to demonstrate their capacity to succeed in graduate school.

What is the required Graduate Admissions Exam (GRE) score required to be accepted into the Program?

The graduate admissions exam is not required for admissions to programs in the Metropolitan College.

What is the minimum TOEFL scores required for admissions into the Program?

International students are required to submit scores from the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) Internet-Based Test (iBT). A minimum score of 84 is required for admission, though the minimum score may be lower for some admission cycles, depending on the average score of the applicant pool. Suggested scores in each section are as follows: Reading—21; Listening—18; Speaking—25; and Writing—25.

Scores from the IELTS are also accepted as proof of English proficiency. The minimum total band score of 6.5 is required for admission, with the following section scores: Listening – 6.5; Reading – 6.5; Writing – 7.0; and Speaking – 7.0,

International applicants are also urged to submit their Graduate Record Examination (GRE) scores, although these are not formally required.

If I am an international student and I completed my undergraduate degree in the United States, can I waive the TOEFL?

TOEFL waivers if the student has studied and completed their undergraduate degree from an American Institution, located physically in the United States, and the medium of instruction is English, which seems to be your case. However, the final determination is made on a case-by-case basis.

Is financial aid available?

Yes. Financial aid is available to qualifying Metropolitan College graduate degree students in the form of assistantships, the Federal Direct Stafford Loan, and the Graduate PLUS Loan.

Are graduate assistantships available for the Program?

We offer graduate assistantship positions every semester for full-time and part-time students. Graduate assistantship positions are offered competitively and as per match with skills. The hours range from 10 hours per week to 20 hours per week. If you are interested in applying for a graduate assistantship position, please send your current resume and the completed graduate assistantship application to the Program Manager.

Are there scholarships available for the Program?

The Programs at Metropolitan College are designed to be part-time, serving working professionals, we do not provide merit-based funding for our master’s degree programs.

Are payment plans available?

Students enrolled on a part-time basis may postpone payment of a portion of their tuition until a predetermined date. A minimum down payment and a nonrefundable enrollment fee are required at the time of enrollment.

Is the City Planning and Urban Affairs accredited by the Planning Accreditation Board (PAB)?

Our Program is not accredited by the PAB. However, Boston University ranks among the top 40 universities in the world, and our Program has been long-standing since the late 1960s. Our program graduates have a very high employment rate at 89% and our alumni work in a variety of fields related to planning and are very well received in the profession.

What are the academic standards of the program?

An average grade of B (3.0) must be maintained during the course of study to remain in good academic standing and satisfy the degree requirements. Students who earn a grade lower than C in a core requirement must retake that class and earn a grade of C or higher for it to count toward their degree.