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The graduate programs at Hunter Urban Policy & Planning draws students from varied backgrounds. Traditionally, most come from social sciences (economics, geography, sociology, political science, American studies and urban studies), engineering and architecture. English majors and students of religion, art history, theater arts and business have also enrolled. While many students enter Hunter directly from undergraduate study, a large number have spent time away from school and return to develop their knowledge and expertise or to prepare for a new career.

Applicants to both programs must meet the general admissions requirements for Hunter College graduate programs, except for the Graduate Record Examination (GRE) – the GRE is not required for Urban Policy and Planning. To apply, applicants should refer to the Hunter College Graduate Admissions website for instructions, deadlines and a link to the online application portal.

Applicants must submit:

  • the core application form
  • transcripts from all schools attended
  • personal statement
  • two (2) letters of recommendation

All applicants are also encouraged to attend an open house to meet with the program directors and faculty.

Financial Aid

Financial aid is available to matriculated students in the form of grants, loans (subsidized and unsubsidized), and work-study. Grants provide funds that do not have to be repaid. Loans must be repaid in regular installments over a prescribed period of time. Work-study consists of part-time employment, either on campus or in an outside agency. Prospective students should consult with the Hunter College Office of Financial Aid for more information. Click here for information on tuition and fees.


The first step in the financial aid application process is to fill out the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA). Whenever possible, Hunter Urban Policy & Planning offers research fellowships to incoming students.