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.
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.
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.