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We invite applications from highly qualified students with undergraduate or M.A. degrees in the social sciences who are interested in understanding urban dynamics and conditions from an interdisciplinary and spatially integrative framework. We want students who seek the theoretical, methodological, and applied knowledge to become leaders in academic, governmental, and private institutions analyzing social, economic, environmental and equity issues in metropolitan regions around the world.


To apply for either the M.A. or Ph.D. program, students should submit:




•  The Temple University Graduate Application Form available at:


•  Transcripts from all institutions of higher learning previously attended. Send transcripts to: Department of Geography and Urban Studies, 308 Gladfelter Hall, 1115 W. Berks Street, Temple University, Philadelphia, PA 19122-6089


•  GRE scores from the verbal and quantitative portions of the exam. Temple's institutional code is 2906


•  A resume


•  Letters of recommendation from three persons in a position to evaluate past work in the field and/or ability to do graduate work


•  A personal statement explaining the applicant's academic goals and interests


•  A non-refundable application fee of $75 is required before the application can be processed

Non-US applicants should consult the Graduate School Admissions-International Applications website:

Successful applicants to the graduate programs have generally presented an undergraduate GPA of at least 3.0 on a 4-point scale, and a combined GRE score of at least 1000 on the quantitative and verbal portions of the exam. International applicants from non-English speaking countries must present results of the TOEFL examination. A minimum score of 575 is required for admission. If taken on the computer, the minimum score is 230. The minimum score for internet-based TOEFL is 80.


The department's Graduate Committee reviews all application materials. Particular attention is paid to the Statement of Goals because a major criterion for admission is matching student interests with program offerings and faculty expertise. All of the application materials are used in making a decision about acceptance into the program, with weight given to evidence of likely success in graduate school. The department seeks to attract a diverse group of graduate students.


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