Academic programs

The School offers a professionally-accredited Master of Urban Planning degree programme and a Ph.D. programme in Urban Planning, Policy, and Design.

Master of Urban Planning

Students can pursue one of three options within the Master of Urban Planning degree programme: (a) the core program; (b) a concentration in the subfield of Transportation Planning; or (c) a concentration in the subfield of Urban Development and Urban Design

Details of our programme offerings can be found by following the links shown in the left sidebar. The application deadline for all academic programmes offered at the School is the 15th January of each year for the academic year beginning the following Fall. 

Applicants to the Master of Urban Planning programme must have completed their first degree at the time of application; they must therefore upload a transcript indicating that their degree is completed. For most applicants this will mean that their first degree has been completed by the end of summer of the year preceding the year of entry to the programme.

Typically, students admitted to the M.U.P. programme have worked (in a wide variety of positions) at least one or two years prior to applying. Basic (i.e., high-school level) proficiency in algebra is expected of all applicants as preparation for the M.U.P. methods training in statistics and data analysis.


Ph.D. in Urban Planning, Policy, and Design

The aim of the Ph.D. programme in Urban Planning, Policy, and Design is to prepare students to conduct high-quality interdisciplinary research and teaching in several fields including urban planning, urban design, the management of urban areas, and in broader issues of urban policy, in North America and international contexts. The nominal duration of the programme is four years: two years for course work, the comprehensive examination and dissertation proposal, and two years for research and writing.

An average of three students will be admitted into the programme per year.

To qualify for admission, applicants must have a Master’s degree in urban planning or a related discipline, such as Anthropology, Architecture, Economics, Engineering, Geography, Law, Management, Political Science, Social Work, Sociology, or Urban Studies. Students from other academic backgrounds may be considered for admission provided that they demonstrate the relevance of their academic background and their degree of preparedness for the Ph.D. programme in their application.

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