M.U.P. (Transportation Planning)

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 60 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. 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 June to Labour Day, as this period is reserved for research and writing.

 

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.

 

AN IMPORTANT NOTE ABOUT PROGRAM REVISIONS 

As of November 2020, the M.U.P. degree program (with concentration in Transportation Planning) 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 programme in September 2019 should refer to the details shown in the 2019-20 version of the eCalendar.

 

REQUIRED CORE COURSES (49 credits)

  • URBP 505 Geographic Information Systems 3 Credits
      Offered in the:
    • Fall
    • Winter
    • Summer

  • URBP 609 Planning Graphics 1 1 Credits
      Offered in the:
    • Fall
    • Winter
    • Summer

  • URBP 610 Planning Graphics 2 1 Credits
      Offered in the:
    • Fall
    • Winter
    • Summer

  • URBP 611 Planning Graphics 3 1 Credits
      Offered in the:
    • Fall
    • Winter
    • Summer

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

  • URBP 619 Land Use & Transport Planning 4 Credits
      Offered in the:
    • Fall
    • Winter
    • Summer

  • URBP 622 Planning Studio 1 6 Credits
      Offered in the:
    • Fall
    • Winter
    • Summer

  • URBP 623 Planning Studio 2 6 Credits
      Offered in the:
    • Fall
    • Winter
    • Summer

  • URBP 624 Planning Studio 3 6 Credits
      Offered in the:
    • Fall
    • Winter
    • Summer

  • URBP 628 Practical Experience
      Offered in the:
    • Fall
    • Winter
    • Summer

  • URBP 630 Supervised Research Project 1 3 Credits
      Offered in the:
    • Fall
    • Winter
    • Summer

  • URBP 631 Supervised Research Project 2 3 Credits
      Offered in the:
    • Fall
    • Winter
    • Summer

  • URBP 632 Supervised Res Project 3 6 Credits
      Offered in the:
    • Fall
    • Winter
    • Summer

  • URBP 635 Planning Law 3 Credits
      Offered in the:
    • Fall
    • Winter
    • Summer

  • URBP 640 Introduction to Planning Stats 1 Credits
      Offered in the:
    • Fall
    • Winter
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  • URBP 641 Reading the Urban Landscape 1 Credits
      Offered in the:
    • Fall
    • Winter
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  • URBP 642 Introduction to Planning Data 1 Credits
      Offered in the:
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    • Summer

 

COMPLEMENTARY COURSES (11 credits)


Group A
5-11 credits selected from among the following courses :

  • CIVE 540 Urban Transportation Planning 3 Credits
      Offered in the:
    • Fall
    • Winter
    • Summer

  • CIVE 561 Urban Activity,Air Pol,&Health 3 Credits
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    • Fall
    • Winter
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  • CIVE 637 Discrete Choice Mod in Transp 4 Credits
      Offered in the:
    • Fall
    • Winter
    • Summer

  • CIVE 661 Modelling of Transp Emissions 4 Credits
      Offered in the:
    • Fall
    • Winter
    • Summer

  • URBP 503 Public Transport: Planning&Ops 3 Credits
      Offered in the:
    • Fall
    • Winter
    • Summer

  • URBP 504 Planning for Active Transp. 3 Credits
      Offered in the:
    • Fall
    • Winter
    • Summer

  • URBP 506 Envrnmntl Policy and Planning 3 Credits
      Offered in the:
    • Fall
    • Winter
    • Summer

  • URBP 536 Current Issues in Transp 1 2 Credits
      Offered in the:
    • Fall
    • Winter
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  • URBP 537 Current Issues in Transp 2 2 Credits
      Offered in the:
    • Fall
    • Winter
    • Summer

  • URBP 608 Advanced GIS Applications 3 Credits
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    • Fall
    • Winter
    • Summer

  • URBP 620 Transport Economics 4 Credits
      Offered in the:
    • Fall
    • Winter
    • Summer

 

Group B 
0-6 credits

Students may take up to six credits of coursework at the 500 or 600 level offered by any academic unit at McGill or 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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