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Master of Urban Planning (Core Program)

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.

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.

 

REQUIRED CORE COURSES (48 credits)

All courses in this section are required. Students can request exemption from URBP 609 and/or URBP 635 if they have already covered this material in previous degrees. 

URBP 609 Planning Graphics 3 Credits
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URBP 612 History & Theory of Planning 3 Credits
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URBP 622 Planning Studio 1 6 Credits
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URBP 623 Planning Studio 2 3 Credits
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URBP 624 Planning Studio 3 6 Credits
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URBP 628 Practical Experience 6 Credits
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URBP 630 Supervised Research Project 1 3 Credits
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URBP 631 Supervised Research Project 2 6 Credits
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URBP 632 Supervised Res Project 3 6 Credits
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URBP 633 Planning Methods 3 Credits
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URBP 635 Planning Law 3 Credits
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COMPLEMENTARY COURSES Development and refinement (12 to 18 credits)

A minimum of 12 credits must be taken from a selection of courses offered by Urban Planning, Architecture, and Civil Engineering. It is highly recommended that students take at least one course in each of the fields of housing, transportation, environment, and design. Students must complete at least four of the following courses.

ARCH 515 Sustainable Design 3 Credits
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ARCH 520 Montreal: Urban Morphology 3 Credits
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ARCH 521 Structure of Cities 3 Credits
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ARCH 527 Civic Design 3 Credits
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ARCH 528 History of Housing 3 Credits
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ARCH 529 Housing Theory 3 Credits
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CIVE 540 Urban Transportation Planning 3 Credits
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CIVE 561 Urban Activity,Air Pol,&Health 3 Credits
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URBP 501 Principles and Practice 1 2 Credits
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URBP 504 Planning for Active Transp. 3 Credits
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URBP 505 Geographic Information Systems 3 Credits
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URBP 506 Envrnmntl Policy and Planning 3 Credits
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URBP 530 Urban Environmental Planning 3 Credits
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URBP 536 Current Issues in Transp 1 2 Credits
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URBP 537 Current Issues in Transp 2 2 Credits
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URBP 538 Course not available

URBP 551 Understanding Urban Change 3 Credits
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URBP 602 Urb Design Sem 1: Foundations 3 Credits
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URBP 604 Urb Design Sem 2: Adv Topics 3 Credits
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URBP 607 Reading Course:Urban Planning 3 Credits
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URBP 608 Advanced GIS Applications 3 Credits
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URBP 616 Selected Topics 1 3 Credits
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URBP 617 Selected Topics 2 3 Credits
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URBP 618 Selected Topics 3 3 Credits
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URBP 619 Land Use and Transp. Planning 3 Credits
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URBP 620 Transportation Economics 3 Credits
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URBP 625 Principles and Practice 2 2 Credits
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URBP 626 Principles and Practice 3 2 Credits
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URBP 629 Cities in a Globalizing World 3 Credits
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URBP 651 Redesigning Suburban Space 3 Credits
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ELECTIVE COURSES (0 to 6 credits)

Students may take courses at the 500-level or higher offered by any academic unit at McGill or another Montreal university that are helpful in developing in-depth knowledge of one or more subject areas in the field of planning, with the approval of the School. Frequent choices include courses in real-estate analysis, urban geography, sociology, anthropology, law, politics, and environmental science. Students must confirm that the elective course(s) they selected will be counted towards the M.U.P. degree prior to registration.