The School offers a concentration in Transportation Planning within the M.U.P. degree. This concentration emphasises the acquisition of skills used in the analysis of complex problems, policies, and strategies in transportation planning. A number of courses, an internship, and a final research project prepare students for professional practice in Urban Transportation Planning. Students in the concentration also benefit from expertise in transportation engineering found outside the School.
As with the core M.U.P. degree, the concentration comprises a total of 66 credits completed over a two-year period. Students must register for at least four terms and earn satisfactory grades (i.e., a minimum of B-) in all courses. Central to the educational experience is group work in a studio setting, in which students collaborate in multidisciplinary teams to solve 'real-life' problems, generally in the Montréal metropolitan region.
Students in the concentration 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. These 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.
At the end of the first year, a competitive application process enables the School to select a small number of students for admission into the concentration. Interested students have to submit a detailed account of achievements and skills that pertain to Transportation Planning and a statement of purpose for the rest of their M.U.P. program and their career after graduation.
The summer internship between the two academic years must be related to Transportation Planning.
In the second year of study, students in the concentration take their remaining courses (core, complementary and elective) and write their Supervised Research Project. The latter, which is worth 15 credits, must be in the field of Transportation Planning and must demonstrate mastery of skills necessary for a career in the field. The project will generally take the form of policy-relevant research and can often lead to a publication in an academic or professional journal.
Do I qualify?
Students wishing to pursue the concentration in Transportation Planning must apply for admission into the regular M.U.P. program. They will be able to apply for the concentration itself at the end of their first year of study. 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 so far in the program, 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.