M.Sc. (Urban Planning, Policy, and Design)

Students in the M.Sc. program select a topic for independent research, supervised by a faculty member with shared research interests. The first year (Terms 1 and 2), starting in the Fall, consists of coursework and a research seminar to develop the research plan, to define methods, to conduct a literature review, and to initiate the research. The summer months and the second year (Terms 3 and 4---Fall and Winter, respectively) are dedicated to completing the research and writing the thesis. The program develops research skills and offers pathways to careers in urban policy and academia. An average of five to seven students will be admitted to the M.Sc. program per year.

The program normally consists of 45 credits completed over four full-time terms:

First year of study (27 credits)

  • URBP 606D1 Research Seminar 3 Credits
      Offered in the:
    • Fall
    • Winter
    • Summer

  • URBP 606D2 Research Seminar 3 Credits
      Offered in the:
    • Fall
    • Winter
    • Summer

  • URBP 612 History & Theory of Planning 3 Credits
      Offered in the:
    • Fall
    • Winter
    • Summer

  • One three-credit methods course
  • Several complementary and elective courses, totalling 15 credits

Second year of study (18 credits)

  • URBP 690 Thesis Submission 18 Credits
      Offered in the:
    • Fall
    • Winter
    • Summer

 

Click here for the application procedures for the thesis-based M.Sc. program.

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