MSc in Urban and Regional Planning

 

The course-based MSc in Urban and Regional Planning launched in Fall 2017. The program was developed from international and local trends of urbanization, environmental change, economic unpredictability, and globalization. Key aspects of the program include:

  • The program emphasizes land use planning and policy development to enhance community resilience to economic, social, and environmental challenges
  • There is a practical focus on resilience planning—expressly on issues related to climate change, resource dependency, economic resiliency, winter cities, and northern regions
  • The program is designed with reference to studio-based pedagogy
  • The program is offered in line with professional accreditation standards under two streams: 2-year standard stream and 1-year accelerated stream

2 YEAR STANDARD STREAM

Entrance Requirements:

  • Four year undergraduate degree from a recognized University
  • Minimum B average (3.0 GPA) on last 60 credits
  • Two reference letters (one may be professional)
  • CV or resume
  • Statement of Intent (complete the form available here)

Program Requirements:

FALL (semester 1)

  • PLAN 501 - Planning for Northern Regions and Resource Communities
  • PLAN 510 - Physical Planning & Design Fundamentals
  • PLAN 598 - Advanced Research Methods and Analysis
  • Option course I - other PLAN courses or pre-approved options

Winter (semester 2)

  • PLAN 500 - Planning for Resilient Cities and Regions
  • PLAN 503 - Master's Project/Paper Proposal
  • PLAN 512 - Advanced Finance for Planners
  • PLAN 516 - Planning Law

Spring/Summer (optional Internship)

Fall (semester 3)

  • PLAN 505 - Master's Research Paper or Project
  • PLAN 511 -  Professional Practice and Ethics
  • PLAN 517 - Advanced Planning Theory

Winter (semester 4)

  • PLAN 505 - Master's Research Paper or Project (continued)
  • PLAN 595 - Advance Planning Studio
  • Option course II - other PLAN courses or pre-approved options

 

1 YEAR ACCELERATED STREAM

Entrance Requirements:

  • Undergraduate degree in Planning (accredited by the Professional Standards Board for Planning Profession in Canada)
  • Two or more years of 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
  • Minimum B average (3.0 GPA) on last 60 credits
  • Two reference letters (one may be professional)
  • CV or resume
  • Statement of Intent (complete the form available here)

Program Requirements:

FALL (semester 1)

  • PLAN 501 - Planning for Northern Regions and Resource Communities
  • PLAN 517 - Advanced Planning Theory
  • PLAN 598 - Advanced Research Methods and Analysis
  • Option course I - other PLAN courses or pre-approved options

Winter (semester 2)

  • PLAN 500 - Planning for Resilient Cities and Regions
  • PLAN 503 - Master's Project/Paper Proposal
  • PLAN 595 - Advanced Planning Studio
  • Option course II - other PLAN courses or pre-approved options 

Spring/Summer (semester 3)

  • PLAN 505 - Master's Research Paper or Project

 

CAREERS IN PLANNING

Professional Planners are in high demand in Alberta and elsewhere.

  • Planning is a Registered Profession in Canada and in many other jurisdictions throughout the world
  • Planning careers are diverse: economic development, parks planning, regional planning, rural planning, social development, transportation planning, urban design, and zoning
  • Planners work alongside architects, engineers, government administrators, private land owners, and stakeholders from the community
  • Planners are employed in both the public sector and the private sector

 

FEES 2017-2018 (subject to yearly increase)

Domestic tuition is $1,300 for each *3 course plus non-instructional fees

  • (ie. Semester 1 = $6500, Semester 2 = $5900, Semester 3 = $5200, Semester 4 = $4600)

International tuition is $1,560 for each *3 course plus non-instructional fees

  • (ie. Semester 1 = $7500, Semester 2 = $6950, Semester 3 = $6000, Semester 4 = $5400)

 

FUNDING

Financial assistance is available on a competitive basis in the form of academic assistantships, awards, and scholarships.
• Internal scholarships and Awards

  • Brookfield Residential Graduate Scholarships
  • Program awards and scholarships
  • Graduate Student Scholarships (available in the 2nd year)

• External scholarships

  • QE II ($10,800)
  • Canada Graduate Scholarship –Master’s ($17,500 for 12 months)