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The next application deadline for all academic programs offered at the School is the 15th of January 2015. As of mid-October 2015, applicants can begin submitting material to uApply, McGill's online application system. Regardless of the program to which you are applying, you must submit a formal application on uApply. You will need 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.

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 may also apply. Please explain in the Personal Statement why you would like to make a transition into urban planning. In the past, applicants have been accepted from various backgrounds including Music, Chemistry, and Nursing. 

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. 

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, incomplete, and/or in progress). Please ensure that the degree you are declaring matches what is actually indicated on the transcripts! For transfer or exchange credits, we require the transcripts from the host university as a separate record. 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 be 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 by the application deadline. McGill University only accepts IELTS (International English Language Testing Systems) and TOEFL (Test of English as a Foreign Language). The scores must be submitted electronically by an official test centre; no paper test report forms will be accepted. Applicants must  ask the centre where the test is taken to send the scores directly to McGill electronically (institution code : 0935). The minimum acceptable exam results for the TOEFL are an overall score of 100 on the iBT with a score of at least 23 on each of its four components; for the IELTS, the minimum overall band is 7.0, with a score of at least 6.5 on each component. We also accept the McGill Certificate of Proficiency in English or McGill Certificate of Proficiency (English for Professional Communication: Certificate of Proficiency), but 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. When your online application file is complete, you will you see a green checkmark under 'Req'.   

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 (i.e., the Fall of the year in which you are applying); should you apply for the wrong term or the wrong program, 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 or program.

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 ad-hoc Ph.D. program only accepts a small number of candidates each year, and some years no candidates are admitted. We accept 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 completing a Master’s degree beforehand) 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 (i.e., the Fall of the year in which you are applying); should you apply for the wrong term or the wrong program, you will have to re-apply for the correct one. The university is neither able to refund application fees nor to modify applications once they are submitted.

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, incomplete, and/or in progress). Please ensure that the degree you are declaring matches what is actually indicated on the transcripts! For transfer or exchange credits, we require the transcripts from the host university as a separate record. 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, 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 be 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 by the application deadline. McGill University only accepts IELTS (International English Language Testing Systems) and TOEFL (Test of English as a Foreign Language). The scores must be submitted electronically by an official test centre; no paper test report forms will be accepted. Applicants must  ask the centre where the test is taken to send the scores directly to McGill electronically (institution code : 0935). The minimum acceptable exam results for the TOEFL are an overall score of 100 on the iBT with a score of at least 23 on each of its four components; for the IELTS, the minimum overall band is 7.0, with a score of at least 6.5 on each component. We also accept the McGill Certificate of Proficiency in English or McGill Certificate of Proficiency (English for Professional Communication: Certificate of Proficiency), but 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. When your online application file is complete, you will you see a green checkmark under 'Req'.   

If you have specific 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

Outstanding entering and continuing students are eligible for certain internal and external fellowships to support their research and to offset their tuition costs. 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.


Canadian Centre for Architecture Charette, 2000: 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.