How to Apply

The application system will be open as of November 1, 2018 for Fall 2019 intake. The deadline for submitting a complete application is March 15, 2019. Incomplete applications will NOT be considered for admission.

Note that there is no Winter intake in the MSc in Urban and Regional Planning.

Step 1: Prior to Applying

Review the entrance requirements for the Master's Degree Program and collect all the relevant documents that you will need to complete the application. Note that the requirements differ for the standard and accelerated streams.

Entrance Requirements – Two Year Standard Stream

  • Four year undergraduate degree from a recognized University
  • Minimum B average on last 60 credits
  • A resume or CV indicating planning-related courses or experience
  • Two letters of reference from academics (to be submitted directly through the application system by letter authors), or one letter of reference from an academic and one letter of reference from a professional
  • Transcripts from all academic programs
  • A statement of intent completed using the Urban and Regional Planning Statement of Intent Form (pdf)
  • Documentation indicating proficiency in the English Language where applicable (see the UAlberta English Language Proficiency (ELP) page for more information)

Entrance Requirements – One Year Accelerated Stream

  • Undergraduate degree in Planning (accredited by the Professional Standards Board for Planning Profession in Canada) and two or more calendar years professional experience in Planning, or
  • Case by case assessment of other combinations of experience and degrees, where the applicant has a significant number of years of professional experience in Planning (a minimum of 5 years) in the absence of a Planning degree

Applicants seeking to apply to the 1-year accelerated program will also require the following:

  • A resume or CV indicating planning experience
  • Two letters of reference from academics (to be submitted directly through the application system by letter authors), or one letter of reference from an academic and one letter of reference from a professional
  • Transcripts from all academic programs
  • A statement of Intent completed using the Urban and Regional Planning Statement of Intent Form (pdf)
  • Documentation indicating proficiency in the English Language where applicable (see the UAlberta English Language Proficiency (ELP) page for more information)

Step 2: Use the Application Portal

How to Apply

  • Applicants should go to the Faculty of Graduate Studies and Research (FGSR) website, review the information on the landing page, and click the Apply Now button when ready.
  • Create a login account for the portal if you have not already. If you already have an account, enter your login credentials and sign in. After you create an account, you will be prompted to search for the program. If you already had an account, after you sign in, click the Start a New Application button to continue.
  • Select Earth and Atmospheric Sciences from the drop-down menu and click Search Now.
  • In the search results, find and select Master of Science (Crse) in Earth and Atmospheric Science, Urban and Regional Planning(or search by department).
  • Find your desired academic year and click Apply.
  • Fill out the relevant fields in the application forms and upload the appropriate documents to apply for the program. To see the screenshots of the application process, review the How to Apply Process PDF.

Tips for Submitting a Complete Application:

  • Compile and scan your documents—this includes transcripts from every post-secondary institution you attended regardless of whether you passed, failed, or completed a credential or not
  • Contact your references beforehand so that they are prepared for the next steps. They are sent an email when you submit the application, in which they will be given a link to access the application system and provide an online assessment of you. They may also upload a letter at that time.
  • Complete the Statement of Intent Form specific to Urban and Regional Planning.

Step 3: After Applying

What to Do After Submitting Application:

  • Periodically check the application portal for updates. This can be accomplished by signing into the application portal and selecting the application under the In Progress heading.
  • Respond to communications promptly.
  • Respond to offers of admission promptly.
  • Realize that assessment of your application takes time, so please be patient.