To apply, applicants can go to the FGSR website, click on the Apply Now button, it will take them to the page below where they will need to select Department of Earth and Atmospheric Sciences and click search by department, go to Fall 2017 and use the Click here to access the application portal, where they will be able to create their account and select the department and program again to apply for the program. To see the screenshots of the “apply process” click here (pdf).

Application Deadline:  March 31, 2017 for September 2017 admission.

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MSc in Urban and Regional PLANNING

GRADUATE PROGRAM

In 2017, the University of Alberta will be
launching a new course-based graduate
degree program in planning.

  • An emphasis on land use planning and policy development to enhance community resilience to economic, social, and environmental challenges
  • Program designed in line with professional accreditation standards
  • 2 year and 1 year streams

ENTRANCE REQUIREMENTS

Two Year Regular Stream:

  • Four year undergraduate degree from a recognized University
  • Minimum B average on last 60 credits

One Year Accelerated Stream:

  • Accredited undergraduate degree in Planning (by the Canadian Institute of Planners) and two or more calendar years professional experience in Planning, or
  • Case by case assessment of other combinations of experience and degrees, where the applicant has a significant number of years of professional experience in Planning (a minimum of 5 years) in the absence of a Planning degree.

Applicants seeking to apply to the 2 year standard program (this is for applicants with degrees other than planning and limited or no experience as a professional planner) will require the following. 

– A resume or CV indicating planning related courses or experience

– Two letters of reference from academics (to be submitted directly through the application system by authors of letters once applications open) or one letter of reference from academic and one letter of reference from professional.

– Transcripts from all academic programs

– A statement of Intent – a written statement indicating the student’s interest in planning and why they wish to complete a masters program in Urban and Regional Planning.  Urban and Regional Planning Statement of Intent Form

– Documentation indicating proficiency in the English Language where applicable (for more information see here – https://uofa.ualberta.ca/graduate-studies/prospective-students/international-admissions-protocol/english-language-proficiency)

Applicants seeking to apply to the 1 year accelerated program (for those with an accredited planning degree and at least 2 years professional planning experience or a university degree other than Planning and at least 5 years professional planning experience).

– A resume or CV indicating planning experience

– Two letters of reference from academics (1 of them can be a from a professional) (to be submitted directly through the application system by authors of letters once applications open) or one letter of reference from academic and one letter of reference from professional.

– Transcripts from all academic programs

– A statement of Intent – a written statement indicating the student’s interest in planning and why they wish to complete a masters program in Urban and Regional Planning. Urban and Regional Planning Statement of Intent Form

– Documentation indicating proficiency in the English Language where applicable (for more information see here – https://uofa.ualberta.ca/graduate-studies/prospective-students/international-admissions-protocol/english-language-proficiency)

PROGRAM REQUIREMENTS

Two year regular stream

Fall (Sem 1) Cr Winter(Sem 2) Cr Spring Fall (Sem 3) Cr Winter (Sem 4) Cr
PLAN 501 Planning for Northern Regions and Resource Communities 3 PLAN 500 Planning for resilient cities and regions 3 Internship(optional) PLAN 505 Master’s Research Paper or Project 6
PLAN 510 Physical Planning & Design Fundamentals 3

 

PLAN 503 Master’s Project Proposal 3 PLAN 511 Professional Practice and Ethics 3 PLAN 595 Advanced Planning Studio 3
PLAN 598 Advanced Research Methods and Analysis 3 PLAN 512 Advanced Finance for Planners 3   PLAN 517 Advanced Planning Theory 3 Option II 3
Option I 3 PLAN 516 Planning law 3      
Sub Total 12 12 6 12

One year accelerated stream

Fall (Sem 1) Cr Winter(Sem 2) Cr Spring (Sem 3) Cr
PLAN 501 Planning for Northern Regions and Resource Communities 3 PLAN 500 Planning for resilient cities and regions 3 PLAN 505 Master’s Research Paper or Project 6
PLAN 517 Advanced Planning Theory 3 PLAN 503 Master’s Project Proposal 3
PLAN 598 Advanced Research Methods and Analysis 3 PLAN 595 Advanced Planning Studio 3
Option I 3 Option II 3
Sub Total 12   12   6

FEES 2016-2017 (subject to yearly increase)

Standard 2 Year Masters Tuition $1,300 for each *3 course plus Non Instructional Fees

NOTE: International differential would apply in addition to above fees.

1 Year Accelerated Masters Tuition $1,300 for each *3 course plus Non Instructional Fees

NOTE: International differential would apply in addition to above fees.


FUNDING

Financial assistance is available on a competitive basis in the form of academic assistantships, awards and scholarships.


CAREERS IN PLANNING

Professional Planners are in high demand in Alberta and elsewhere.

  • Planning is a Registered Profession in Canada and in many other jurisdictions throughout the world
  • Planning careers are diverse: urban design, economic development, social development, transit planning, parks planning, zoning, rural and regional planning and others
  • Planners work alongside engineers, architects, government administrators, private land owners and others
  • Planners are employed in both the public sector and the private sector

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