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The application deadline for the academic year beginning in September 2014 was the 15th of January 2014. Later in 2014, the School will begin accepting applications for the following academic year (beginning in September 2015). Regardless of the program to which you are applying, you must submit a formal application using uApply, McGill's online application system. You will require a valid credit card to submit the application fee.

PLEASE NOTE:

  • All programs offered by the School begin in the Fall term.
  • The School does not offer an undergraduate program in Urban Planning.
  • Please ensure that you identify the correct program and term for which you seek admission (Fall 2015 for the next cycle of admissions); should you apply for the wrong term, you will have to re-apply for the correct one. The university is neither able to refund application fees nor to change applications to the correct term.
  • It is expected that Professors Badami and El-Geneidy will be on sabbatical leave in the 2014-15 academic year, so they will not supervise students nor will they offer their regular courses.
  • We regret that, due to sabbatic leaves, the Transportation Planning concentration cannot be offered in the 2014-15 academic year.  No exceptions will be made: no student entering the M.U.P. program in the Fall of 2014 will have access to the concentration.  The concentration will again be available to students entering the program in the Fall of 2015.

If you have additional questions that are not answered on the School website, you can admissions [dot] planning [at] mcgill [dot] ca (email us). Owing to the volume of correspondence we receive, however, please anticipate a delay of at least a week before you receive a response.

 


Master of Urban Planning

The M.U.P. program is open to students holding a bachelor's degree or equivalent in Anthropology, Architecture, Economics, Engineering, Geography, Law, Management, Political Science, Social Work, Sociology or Urban Studies. Students from other academic backgrounds are considered for admission on an individual basis.

Students wishing to pursue the concentration in Transportation Planning must apply for admission into the regular M.U.P. program. Toward the end of their first year of study, they will be invited to apply specifically for the concentration. Only a limited number of students are admitted into the Transportation Planning concentration in any given year on the basis of an internal competition. Criteria for selection include students’ performance in the first year of study, in particular in transportation-related courses, their level of skill in transportation-related research methods, and the quality of their letter of application for admission into the concentration. This concentration will NOT be offered for students admitted in the Fall 2014 term because of planned faculty sabbatical leaves.

Please be advised that the Urban Design concentration is not offered at the present time, although students interested in this will be able to specialise in this field of practice as part of the core M.U.P. program.

The deadline for submitting applications and uploading supporting material (including letters of recommendation) is the 15th of January of each year. All supporting documents can be written in either English or French. Please note: McGill’s graduate application process is now entirely online. Hard copies of supporting documents are no longer accepted! Detailed instructions on how to apply and how to upload required supporting documents on uApply can be found here


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What will you need to provide to complete your application to the M.U.P. program?

  1. You must complete the online application form at uApply, including payment of the application fee using a valid credit card. You will apply to the MUP (Non-Thesis), identifying 'Urban Planning -N' as your Area of study. Within 48 hours of submitting your payment, you will be able to upload the other required supporting documents.
  2. Using uApply, you must upload a personal statement of one to two pages, explaining your motivation for applying to the School, area(s) of specific interest, and longer-term career goals.
  3. Using uApply, you must upload your current curriculum vitae, including a summary of your academic background, professional experience, and other relevant activities (e.g., community involvement, volunteer work, etc.).
  4. Using uApply, you must upload an unofficial copy of your complete university-level academic record to date,  including ALL programs (complete or incomplete, in progress, and/or if attended for transfer/exchange credits). If the transcript does not indicate that a degree has been conferred, a copy of the degree certificate (diploma) will also need to be uploaded. Please also include all transcript keys. McGill's Graduate Studies policy requires that applicants have a minimum cumulative grade point average of 3.0/4.0 (B) or 3.2/4.0 (just below a B+) for the last two years of full-time studies of an undergraduate degree (or equivalent). For international degree equivalencies, please consult this summary. Upon acceptance of an offer of admission, two official copies of all transcripts will be required. Transcripts written in a language other than English or French must be accompanied by a translation prepared by a licensed translator. Please do not send these documents unless you are requested to do so.
  5. We must receive two (2) letters of recommendation, at least one of which must be from a current or past professor; these are now collected online through uApply. Within 48 hours of submitting your application fee, an email will the sent to your referees. The contact information that you provide must contain a valid institutional email address for each of these individuals, who are required to answer a series of online questions. They may also upload an additional free-form letter. 
  6. If your first language is not English and you have not completed an undergraduate or graduate degree from a recognised foreign institution where English is the language of instruction or from a recognised Canadian institution (anglophone or francophone), you must provide documented proof of competency in oral and written English. Appropriate exam results must be received directly from an official office for TOEFL (Test of English as a Foreign Language) or IELTS (International English Language Testing Systems) by the application deadline. An institutional version of the TOEFL is not acceptable. Applications will not be considered if TOEFL or IELTS test results are not available by the application deadline. The minimum acceptable exam results for the TOEFL are an overall score of 100 on the iBT and a score of at least 23 on each of its four components; for the IELTS, the minimum overall band is 7.0. Our Institution Code is 0935, and our Department Code is 097. We also accept the McGill Certificate of Proficiency in English or McGill Certificate of Proficiency (English for Professional Communication: Certificate of Proficiency). The certificate must have been awarded by the application deadline. 

Please note : It is the responsibility of the applicant to ensure the completeness of the file (including letters of recommendation) for each program to which s/he is applying. Applications may not be evaluated if they are still incomplete by the application deadline.

If you have questions that are not answered anywhere on the McGill website, you can admissions [dot] planning [at] mcgill [dot] ca (email us). Owing to the volume of correspondence we receive, however, please anticipate a delay of at least a week before you get a response.

 


Ph.D. in Urban Planning, Policy, and Design

The Ph.D. program accepts applications from students with a Master’s degree in urban planning or a related discipline, such as Anthropology, Architecture, Economics, Engineering, Geography, Law, Management, Political Science, Social Work, Sociology or Urban Studies. Students from other academic backgrounds will be considered for admission based on the relevance of their academic background and their degree of preparedness for an advanced degree in urban planning, policy and design. Applications for McGill’s Ph.D.-I status (i.e., for applicants who will be pursuing a Ph.D. program without the intention of completing a Master’s degree) will not be considered.

The School of Urban Planning assigns supervisors to doctoral students once they have been accepted, based on their research interests. Please DO NOT contact individual faculty members. We do not expect any applicant to have made contact with a potential supervisor prior to submitting an application. In fact, professors will not answer generic email messages expressing the desire to work under their supervision or asking them information about their current research activities. We are concerned, of course, with matching professors and doctoral students in the best way possible, but we make that match only AFTER reviewing all application files.

Some pages on the GPSO website may suggest contacting individual professors. Please note that these procedures DO NOT APPLY for the School of Urban Planning, as explained in the following statement on the website of the Graduate and Postdoctoral Studies Office (GPSO):

Every department at McGill has different admissions procedures. While some will expect you to connect with a potential supervisor prior to applying, others will assign a supervisor to you after you have been accepted. Make sure to carefully read the requirements of the program into which you are applying, available on the departmental website, to find out the supervisory procedures for that department.

All programs offered by the School begin in the Fall term. Please ensure that you identify the correct program and term for which you seek admission (Fall 2014 for the upcoming cycle of admissions); should you apply for the wrong term, you will have to re-apply for the correct one. The university is neither able to refund application fees nor to change applications to the correct term. 

The deadline for submitting applications and uploading supporting material (including letters of recommendation) is the 15th of January of each year. All supporting documents can be written in either English or French. Please note: McGill’s graduate application process is now entirely online. Hard copies of supporting documents are no longer accepted! Detailed instructions on how to apply and how to upload required supporting documents on uApply can be found here

 

What will you need to provide to complete your application to the Ph.D. program?

  1. You must complete the online application form at uApply, including payment of the application fee using a valid credit card. Within 48 hours of submitting your payment, you will be able to upload the other required supporting documents.
  2. Using uApply, you must upload a current version of your curriculum vitae. This should include a description of academic and professional experiences and accomplishments along with full contact information.
  3. Using uApply, you must upload a preliminary research proposal, not exceeding three pages, including (1) an outline of long-term career goals, (2) an explanation of how you consider that a Ph.D. in UPPD would help you achieve those goals, and (3) a detailed discussion of research interests and intended research plans and approaches.
  4. Using uApply, you must upload an unofficial copy of your complete university-level academic record to date, including ALL programs (complete or incomplete, in progress, and/or if attended for transfer/exchange credits). If the transcript does not indicate that a degree has been conferred, a copy of the degree certificate (or diploma) will also need to be uploaded. Please also include all transcript keys. McGill's Graduate Studies policy requires that applicants have a minimum cumulative grade point average of 3.0/4.0 (B) or 3.2/4.0 (just below a B+) for the last two years of full-time studies, or equivalent; this translates into a Second Class Upper Division in the British system. For international degree equivalencies, please consult this summary. Upon acceptance of an offer of admission, two official copies of all transcripts will be required. Transcripts written in a language other than English or French must be accompanied by a translation prepared by a licensed translator. Please do not send these documents unless you are requested to do so.
  5. We must receive three (3) letters of recommendation, at least two of which must be from a current or past professor; these are now collected online through uApply. Within 48 hours of submitting your application fee, an email will the sent to your referees. The contact information that you provide must contain a valid institutional email address for each of these individuals, who are required to answer a series of online questions. They may also upload an additional free-form letter. 
  6. If your first language is not English and you have not completed an undergraduate or graduate degree from a recognised foreign institution where English is the language of instruction or from a recognised Canadian institution (anglophone or francophone), you must provide documented proof of competency in oral and written English. Appropriate exam results must be received directly from an official office for TOEFL (Test of English as a Foreign Language) or IELTS (International English Language Testing Systems) by the application deadline. An institutional version of the TOEFL is not acceptable. Applications will not be considered if TOEFL or IELTS test results are not available by the application deadline. The minimum acceptable exam results for the TOEFL are an overall score of 100 on the iBT and a score of at least 23 on each of its four components; for the IELTS, the minimum overall band is 7.0. Our Institution Code is 0935, and our Department Code is 097. We also accept the McGill Certificate of Proficiency in English or McGill Certificate of Proficiency (English for Professional Communication: Certificate of Proficiency). The certificate must have been awarded by the application deadline.
  7. Using uApply, you must upload two examples of independent written work (e.g., course papers, articles, chapters, research reports) in English or in French. The two pieces must be uploaded together as a single document; this should not exceed 60 pages. 

Please note : It is the responsibility of the applicant to ensure  the completeness of the file (including letters of recommendation) for each program to which s/he is applying. Applications may not be evaluated if they are still incomplete by the application deadline.

If you have questions that are not answered anywhere on the McGill website, you can admissions [dot] planning [at] mcgill [dot] ca (email us). Owing to the volume of correspondence we receive, however, please anticipate a delay of at least a week before you get a response.

 


Awards and financial assistance

M.U.P. and Ph.D. students

Entering and continuing students are eligible for a variety of internal and external fellowships to support their research and to offset their tuition costs. Internal fellowships are awarded on the basis of merit at the time of admission. External fellowships can be obtained from granting agencies prior to admission or while in the program. Please see our FAQ page for further details.

  


Tuition Fees 

Current fees for graduate studies at McGill are posted here.


 Two urban planning students, Nora Bednarski and Sebastian Salazar-Chavez, together with Architecture students Catherine Condoroussis, Marie-Eve Ross and Julie Gaujard, received an honourable mention for their design of a floating footbridge over the Lachine Canal.