Master of Urban Planning (Core Program)

The M.U.P. degree comprises a total of 60 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. Students approved to participate in the Field Study Semester spend the fall in the Barbados, taking dedicated courses.  Courses taken in Barbados during that semester substitute for courses taken on campus.

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 (SRP). 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. Students must either complete their SRP by the 1st of June or register for the following fall term. The School's policy on SRP supervision is that unless special arrangements have been made, faculty supervisors are not available from mid-June to Labour Day, as this period is reserved for research and writing.

 

AN IMPORTANT NOTE ABOUT PROGRAM REVISIONS

As of November 2020, the M.U.P. degree program has been revised to total 60 credits, with changes scheduled to take effect as of September 2021 for incoming students. These upates may not appear in the official eCalendar before sometime in mid-2021. Individuals who first registered for the program in September 2019 should refer to the details shown in the 2019-20 version of the eCalendar.

 

REQUIRED CORE COURSES (42 credits)

  • URBP 609 Planning Graphics 1 1 Credits
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  • URBP 610 Planning Graphics 2 1 Credits
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  • URBP 611 Planning Graphics 3 1 Credits
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  • URBP 612 History & Theory of Planning 3 Credits
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  • URBP 622 Planning Studio 1 6 Credits
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  • URBP 623 Planning Studio 2 6 Credits
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  • URBP 624 Planning Studio 3 6 Credits
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  • URBP 628 Practical Experience
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  • URBP 630 Supervised Research Project 1 3 Credits
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  • URBP 631 Supervised Research Project 2 3 Credits
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  • URBP 632 Supervised Res Project 3 6 Credits
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  • URBP 635 Planning Law 3 Credits
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  • URBP 640 Introduction to Planning Stats 1 Credits
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  • URBP 641 Reading the Urban Landscape 1 Credits
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  • URBP 642 Introduction to Planning Data 1 Credits
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COMPLEMENTARY COURSES (18 credits)

Students are encouraged to complete at least one course in each of the four areas of design, environment, housing, and transportation.


GROUP A
1-3 credits selected from among the following courses :

  • URBP 505 Geographic Information Systems 3 Credits
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  • URBP 643 Introduction to GIS 1 Credits
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GROUP B
9-17 credits selected from among the following courses :

  • ARCH 515 Sustainable Design 3 Credits
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  • CIVE 540 Urban Transportation Planning 3 Credits
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  • CIVE 561 Urban Activity,Air Pol,&Health 3 Credits
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  • GEOG 504 Advanced Economic Geography 3 Credits
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  • GEOG 525 Asian Cities in the 21st C 3 Credits
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  • URBP 501 Principles and Practice 1 2 Credits
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  • URBP 504 Planning for Active Transp. 3 Credits
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  • URBP 506 Envrnmntl Policy and Planning 3 Credits
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  • URBP 514 Community Design Workshop 4 Credits
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  • URBP 530 Urb Infrastr&Serv in Intl Cont 3 Credits
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  • URBP 536 Current Issues in Transp 1 2 Credits
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  • URBP 537 Current Issues in Transp 2 2 Credits
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  • URBP 541 Selected Topics in Planning 1 Credits
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  • URBP 542 Select. Topics:Visual Analysis 1 Credits
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  • URBP 543 Special Topics 3 Credits
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  • URBP 553 Urban Governance 3 Credits
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  • URBP 555 Real Estate and Planning 3 Credits
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  • URBP 556 Urban Economy: A Spatial Persp 3 Credits
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  • URBP 557 Rethinking Zoning 3 Credits
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  • URBP 604 Urban Design Seminar 3 Credits
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  • URBP 607 Reading Course:Urban Planning 3 Credits
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  • URBP 608 Advanced GIS Applications 3 Credits
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  • URBP 616 Selected Topics 1 3 Credits
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  • URBP 617 Selected Topics 2 3 Credits
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  • URBP 618 Selected Topics 3 3 Credits
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  • URBP 619 Land Use & Transport Planning 4 Credits
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  • URBP 620 Transport Economics 4 Credits
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  • URBP 625 Principles and Practice 2 2 Credits
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  • URBP 626 Principles and Practice 3 2 Credits
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  • URBP 629 Pln Thry&Prac in a Glbal World 3 Credits
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  • URBP 644 Multivariate Statistics 1 Credits
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  • URBP 645 Social Research Methods 1 1 Credits
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  • URBP 646 Social Research Methods 2 1 Credits
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  • URBP 647 Selected Methods in Planning 1 1 Credits
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  • URBP 648 Selected Methods in Planning 2 1 Credits
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  • URBP 649 Visual and Spatial Methods 1 Credits
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  • URBP 651 Redesigning Suburban Space 3 Credits
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  • URBP 656 Urban Innovation & Creativity 3 Credits
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GROUP C 
0-8 credits

Students may take up to 8 credits of coursework offered at the 500 or 600 levels by any academic unit at McGill or at another Montreal university, with the approval of the School, if they help students to develop an in-depth knowledge of one or more subject areas in the field of planning. Choices usually include courses in real-estate analysis, urban geography, sociology, anthropology, law, politics, and environmental science. Students must confirm prior to registration that the selected course(s) can be counted toward the M.U.P. degree.

 

Last updated : December 2020

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