How to Apply

The University accepts applications for entry into first and second year of the BA and BSc Planning programs on an annual basis. We also accept applications for entry into After Degree in Planning. Applicants who wish to apply for After Degree in Science for the Planning program must contact a Science advisor at Those who wish to apply for an After Degree in Arts for the Planning program must contact an Arts advisor at or call 1-888-533-5735.

Step 1:

Prior to applying, applicants should consider if they would like to apply to the Bachelor of Arts Major in Planning program, the Bachelor of Science Honors in Planning program, or the Bachelor of Science Major in Planning. Applicants interested in focusing on natural science elements of planning, including environmental management and the use of geographic information sciences should consider the BSc Specialization and those interested in the aesthetic, economic, and social issues of planning should consider the BA. Note that it is possible to list the BA and BSc programs as first and second choices on your application.

The two programs share a common core of Planning courses, but the remainder of the degree programs differ. Applicants should review the program requirements of the two programs. Applicants should ensure that they meet the admissions criteria for the program that they are applying for. That information is available at the following links.

Step 2:

Once you have determined which program you would like to apply for please apply by the appropriate method as outlined below:

  • University of Alberta students who are currently enrolled in a Faculty of Arts BA Program should fill out the Application for Current BA Students or visit the Faculty of Arts for the form and submit it to the Faculty of Arts by the application deadline.
  • All other current University of Alberta students, post-secondary transfer applicants and/or high school applicants will apply through the University of Alberta application system. Please contact the Registrar's Office if you have questions about application deadlines and/or the application process.

PLEASE NOTE: A Statement of Interest is no longer required when applying to the Urban and Regional Planning Undergraduate Program.

Please see the Faculty of Arts site for application.

Please see the Faculty of Science site for application.

Applicants who are wondering about the differences between Human Geography and Planning can click here for more information.