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 backgrounds including Music, Chemistry, and Nursing.
Students wishing to pursue the concentrations in Transportation Planning or Urban Development and Urban Design 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 each of these concentrations 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 subfield-related courses, their level of skill in subject-related research methods, and the quality of their letter of application for admission into the concentration.
The deadline for submitting applications and uploading supporting material is the 15th of January of each year. The only exception is the letters of recommendation, for which the deadline is the 26th of January. 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 M.U.P. program?
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. Please note the following:
- 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.
- 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.).
- Using uApply, you must upload unofficial copies of transcripts for 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 official summary used by McGill. 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.
- 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.
- 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. We will accept paper score reports mailed directly by IELTS, ONLY if the test centre is unable to provide results electronically. Score reports should be mailed directly to:
Management of Academic Records
3415 McTavish Street
Canada, H3A 0C8
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 reapply for the correct one. The university is neither able to refund application fees nor to change applications to the correct term or program.
For answers to frequently asked questions on the admissions process and on our programs of study, please see our FAQ section. If you have questions that are not answered anywhere on the McGill website, you can admissions.planning [at] mcgill.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.