Urban Studies: How to Apply

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How to Apply


If you are a current UW Tacoma student


Step 1:  Declare Urban Studies as your major by completing the Declare/Change Major form.  In the form, include the formal option you want: (a) Community Development & Planning, (b) Global Urbanism, or (c) GIS & Spatial Planning. Include a personal statement addressing the following topic:

  • Describe how personal, professional or educational experiences have shaped your academic, career and/or personal goals. How will a BA in Urban Studies from UW Tacoma help you attain these goals?

Step 2:  Submit the Declare/Change Major form and personal goal statement to the Urban Studies Program office located in Pinkerton 300. 

If you are not a current UW Tacoma student


Submit an application for admission to UW Tacoma.  In your application to UW Tacoma, you will be asked to submit a personal goal statement.  Follow the essay prompt in the application, being sure to address how a BA in Urban Studies from UW Tacoma will help you attain your goals. 

If you are transferring from a community college or another university, complete the Application for Transfer Admission and select Urban Studies in section 2 under "Program Selector".

If you are a Freshman or Running Start student, complete the Freshman Application

If you were previously enrolled at UW Tacoma, complete the Returning Student Application in lieu of the Application for Transfer Admission.

If you are an international student, complete the Application for International Transfer Admission. Review the additional requirements for international students.


Admission Deadlines


The Urban Studies program admits majors for every quarter except summer. Complete applications received by the priority application date will be assured of a review; complete applications received after the priority application date will be reviewed on a space-available basis.

University application deadlines: These deadlines apply only to new UW Tacoma applicants, not current students.

WINTER 2020 - OCTOBER 15, 2019
SPRING 2020 - FEBRUARY 15, 2020
AUTUMN 2020 - MARCH 15, 2020


Admission Requirements

If you have completed the prerequisites listed below with a cumulative GPA of 2.0 or higher, and have earned at least 40 credits, you can be considered for admission to the bachelor of arts in Urban Studies.

  • A cumulative grade point average (GPA) of 2.0 in all college course work. Applicants with a completed application and a minimum GPA of 2.50 will be given priority consideration for admission.
  • Completion of a minimum of 40 transferable college-level credits.
  • Three years of high school math through intermediate (second year) algebra or a course in intermediate algebra at the college level
  • 5 credits of English composition


Graduation Requirements

In order to graduate, in addition to degree requirements, you will also be expected to meet the following general university requirements, many of which can be fulfilled with lower-division coursework:

  • Two years in high school of the same foreign language or 10 credits of one language at the college level
  • 5 credits in Quantitative/Symbolic Reasoning (QSR) coursework*
  • 10 credits of writing-intensive coursework (not including the 5 credits of English composition required for admission)**
  • 10 credits in Visual, Literary or Performing Arts (VLPA) coursework
  • 10 credits of Individuals and Societies (I&S) coursework
  • 10 credits of Natural World (NW) coursework
  • 10 additional credits in any of the above areas of knowledge (VLPA, I&S, and NW)
  • 50 credits of upper division (300- and 400-level) coursework (upper division courses counting toward major or general university requirements may count toward this requirement)

* Students who first enrolled in college prior to Autumn 1985 are exempt from this requirement.

** Writing-intensive coursework may also count toward the Humanities, Social Science or Natural Science requirements.


Admission Advising

Do you want have questions about the major or the application process?  Do you want to check the status of an application you've already submitted to UW Tacoma?  For answers to these questions and get more information about any of our degrees, contact the Urban Studies advisor:

Carmen Wilson
PNK 221