The M.U.P. degree comprises a total of 66 credits completed over a two-year period. Students must register for at least four terms during which they attend and earn satisfactory grades (i.e., a minimum of B-) in structured courses. With a faculty advisor, students create their own program of study and specialise in an area matching their personal background and professional goals. Central to the educational experience is group work in a studio setting, in which students collaborate in multidisciplinary teams to solve 'real-life' problems in the Montréal metropolitan region.
Students devote their first two terms to fulfilling the basic requirements of the program--two studios and other core courses--while also exploring one or more areas of specialisation through complementary and elective courses, which can be taken within the School of Urban Planning, in other academic units at McGill University, or at any of the three other major academic institutions in Montréal.
In the second year of study, all students pursue their specific interests in a third studio and through additional complementary or elective courses. Students approved to participate in the Field Study Semester spend the fall in the Barbados, taking dedicated courses. Courses taken in Barbados during that semester substitute for courses taken on campus.
A three-month internship must be completed under the supervision of a member of a recognised planning association in a field of specialisation and geographic location chosen by the student; this is normally done between the first and second year of study. The program is completed with a final independent Supervised Research Project (worth 15 credits). This may take the form of a piece of investigative research, an impact study, a design proposition for an urban project, or a development project or a plan.
RESEARCH PROJECT (15 credits)
NB: The Supervised Research Project (SRP) is undertaken in the second year of study, during which students must either complete their SRP by the 15th of June or register for the following fall term. The School's policy on SRP supervision is that unless special arrangements have been made, faculty supervisors are not available from mid-June to Labour Day, as this period is reserved for research and writing.
REQUIRED CORE COURSES (27 credits)
REQUIRED INTERNSHIP (6 credits)
COMPLEMENTARY COURSES (18 credits)
Students are encouraged to complete at least one course in each of the four areas of design,environment, housing, and transportation.
Group A (9-18 credits from the following):
The following courses open only to students enrolled in the Barbados Field Study Semester during the fall term of their second year in the program. With this option, URBP 519 is substituted for URBP 624. Coursework must include URBP 507, URBP 520 and URBP 634. All other requirements for the M.U.P. degree apply.
Group B (0-9 credits):
Students may take up to 9 credits of coursework offered at the 500 or 600 levels by any academic unit at McGill or at another Montreal university, with the approval of the School, if they help students to develop an in-depth knowledge of one or more subject areas in the field of planning, with the approval of the School. Choices usually include courses in real-estate analysis, urban geography, sociology, anthropology, law, politics, and environmental science. Students must confirm prior to registration that the selected course(s) can be counted toward the M.U.P. degree.
Last updated 02.12.2016